What do you think of James Camerons new Documentary?
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 — Mary Magdalene: The Ringo of Jesus’ Tomb?
The BBC has more news on the claims of world-renowned theologian James Cameron that he has proved that Jesus never rose from the dead.
The new information is scant, but here’s the gist: Cameron believes that he has proven that the tomb filled with ten 2,000 old coffins was actually that of Jesus’ family. What’s his proof? Even though all of the names carved into the ossuaries were common Jewish names at the time, he’s putting all his cards on the fact that “Mariameme” (Mary Magdalene, apparently) was buried with “Jesua” (Jesus).
Unveiling his documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, Mr Cameron said the chances of finding that combination of names together was like finding a grave marked Ringo next to others marked John, Paul and George.
“Mariamene is Mary Magdalene – that’s the Ringo, that’s what sets this whole film in motion,” he said.
Except, well, wait. Why are we meant to believe Mary Magdalene is the same person as Mariamene? She was simply called Mary in the New Testament. In the Talmud, there’s some argument that Mary Magdalene is the same as “Miriam Megadla se’ar”, a woman who gave birth to a person called “The Son of Stada” in Sabbath 104.2. This is an apocryphal Talmudic passage though, and there’s nothing else to link the two.
If that’s all Cameron has to go on, he’s not going to make a very strong case to anyone besides the skeptics who want to destroy Christianity. Yet what will be so ironic about skeptical acceptance of such paltry evidence will basically be that it will involve cynics swallowing many basis Christian beliefs (such as the Bible’s reliability and the existence of Jesus) that they have always sneerfully eschewed.
FATHER JOE RESPONDS: I thought about writing a post but have been battling all day with the installation of a new Nortion Security system. It just does not want to work! Took hours to fix! Anyway, Cameron is in it for the money. He is a sensationalist, not an archeologist or biblical expert. He has a couple of paid goons to parrot what he wants as experts and expects the rest of us to buy it. The ancient testimony is overwhelming. Jesus died and rose from the dead. His name was a common one, as was Mary. There was a movie with a similar pliot called THE BODY (2001). It starred Antonio Banderas as Father Matt Gutierrez, a priest-expert sent to investigate a tomb purportedly that of Jesus. Everyone seems to jump to the conclusion that the tomb is really Christ’s, although the priest’s faith refuses to allow him to accept this. Ironically, an explosion at the tomb destroys a hidden inscription that identifies the tomb as belonging to one who followed Jesus. However, only the movie viewer is given this inside information. Only fools, the ignorant and the faithless will be swayed by Cameron and his so-called tomb of Jesus. We should tell him to go back to his wife and stop preaching to the rest of us.