Thanks to Robin Lee Hatcher for the heads-up on Randy Ingermanson's
Statistics And The Jesus Family Tomb.
"Today is when the Discovery Channel will air the documentary by James Cameron and company about the so-called Jesus tomb. I am not a scientist or an archeologist. While I have my opinions, I'm not qualified to speak with authority on some of the hypotheses put forward by those who want to claim that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was in that Jerusalem tomb. However, author Randy Ingermanson, a physicist, has read the book and prepared a thorough analysis. I hope you'll read it and then include a link on your own blog."
Check out his work and see what you think.
Here's an excerpt from the start of the article:
(March 3, 2007) This past week, Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino launched a new book titled "The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence That Could Change History." They'll follow it up with a documentary to be shown on the Discovery Channel.
It's a fascinating book. I grabbed it as soon as I could and read it carefully to see what the case is. I'll say right away that I came to like Simcha Jacobovici very much while reading the book. His intellectual curiosity launched this investigation, and he clearly loves a great puzzle. There are folks who want to make Simcha the bad guy here, as if he somehow set out to demolish Christianity by cooking up some evidence. I don't get that impression from reading his story or watching him on video. He's clearly passionate about this story and interested in getting at the truth.
This is a BIG story! A bone-box was found in Jerusalem with the name "Jesus son of Joseph!" Right nearby were nine other bone-boxes. Five of them had names on them, and those names included Mary twice, Joseph, Judah, and Matthew. We know that Jesus had two brothers named Joseph and Judah and his grandfather was named Matthew. Furthermore, two of his disciples were also named Judah and one was named Matthew. Isn't that an awfully big coincidence? What if this Jesus is the REAL Jesus of Nazareth? Why didn't the archaeologists pursue this with a little more interest?
After reading the book carefully, I believe there are some serious problems with the case that the authors have made.