27 February 2007

Lost Tomb of Jesus

I found this blog on another site and it said EXACTLY what I want to say, so with permission (and Joe Biden watching... here it is. http://wizbangblog.com/)

James Cameron is a famous movie mogul. He claims to have found the tomb of Jesus. He also claims that Jesus was married to Mary Magdelene and had a child with her. Hmmm. This sounds familiar. Oh, right. The DaVinci Code. Cameron's a little late to this party.

A Hollywood director will today unveil three coffins he claims were those of Jesus, his mother Mary and his 'wife' Mary Magdalene. Cameron says he has proof that Jesus married Mary and that she bore him a son, Judah, who was buried alongside them.

The Lost Tomb of Jesus, made for the Discovery Channel, will be shown in the U.S. this week and later in Britain by Channel 4.

Today, Cameron is holding a press conference on what he describes as 'one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time'.

Crucially, he is not denying the resurrection - as there were no bones in the caskets.

But the £2 million film still strikes at the foundation of Christianity in the same manner as the novel The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, in claiming that Jesus married and had a family. His theory, which has already met with derision from experts, centres on a tomb found in the Talpiot suburb in 1980. Inside, archaeologists found ten coffins, or caskets for bones, and three skulls.

Six had names etched into them, which were translated as Jesus son of Joseph, Judah son of Jesus, Maria, Mariamne (thought to be Mary Magdalene's real name), Joseph and Matthew.

At the time the inscriptions provoked little interest. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the names were common at the time.

A connection to the holy family was not made until 15 years later, when a film crew stumbled across the collection in a storeroom.

Though the bones had long since been reburied elsewhere, as was the custom, tiny traces of DNA left in the caskets were tested.

The results for the coffins labelled Jesus and Mariamne showed the two were not related by blood, leading Cameron and his team to conclude they were married.

However, the archaeologist who oversaw the work at the tomb described the theory as 'nonsense'.

Amos Kloner said the names found on the coffins had been found in tombs before, adding: 'It makes a great story for a TV film, but it's impossible.

'Jesus and his relatives were a Galilee family with no ties in Jerusalem. The Talpiot tomb belonged to a middle-class family from the first century.'

And Mr. Kloner isn't the only one dismissing Cameron's claim:

But CBS News correspondent Mark Philips reports that, although archeologists have long argued over the factual and historic accuracy of Christianity's version of history, in this case, the archeological establishment has lined up to label this claim as bunk.

But scientists have argued the names etched into the stone ossuaries which held the bones, which can be seen at left in a photo from Kloner's book, were extremely common during that time period, and in no way prove that the Jesus of the Bible was buried at the site with his family.

Another researcher whose work has focused on the Middle East, biblical anthropologist Joe Zias, has dismissed Cameron's claims as "dishonest".

"It has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus, he was known as Jesus of Nazareth, not Jesus of Jerusalem, and if the family was wealthy enough to afford a tomb, which they probably weren't, it would have been in Nazareth, not here in Jerusalem," he said.

He said the appearance of the names proved nothing.

Mr. Kloner makes another point that warrants mentioning: how are we do determine that the bones in the tomb were actually the bones of the Biblical Jesus of Nazareth? Compare his DNA to God's? How does one get a mouth swab from God?

21 February 2007

Rabbis in the shul: A video

Rabbis in the Shul

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Description: Hassidic Rabbis surrounded by their Jewish fans on the dancefloor, shake to the beat of (Aviad Cohen) 50 Shekel's "In Da Shul," which is a parody of 50 Cent's "In Da Club." 100% Jewish music!

05 February 2007

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Originally uploaded by bobmendo.

This is the season of the award shows. Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and soon the Academy Awards. "I'd like to thank my manager and my wife and my other co-actors and..."

Last night when the Colts won, the owner Jim Irsay, and head coach Tony Dungy both thanked God on national television for God's help in the victory. To be fair, Dungy merely thanked God for the energy to play the game.

I don't see a problem is proclaiming one's faith on national TV. It's not like they are trying to convert people; they were just proclaiming their faith.

Earlier in the day Australian Aaron Baddeley won the golf championship in Phoenix Arizona, the FBR. He too thanked God and gave Him the credit for strengthening him to succeed in Scottsdale.

Of course, the bloggers are having a go at any religionist, but why not thank God. Why not thank God for strength and courage? Why not thank someone far outside yourself for all the things He has done for you? It couldn't hurt.

03 February 2007


Originally uploaded by bobmendo.

Full moons were the way the Jewish people counted days of the month. In only two months from now (from Shevat to Nisan) we will celebrate Passover. If you live near Sydney, or want to join us during that time, we will conduct our annual Passover banquet on the Wednesday of Passover, 4th of April in Randwick at the Town Hall. Reservations are required. Ring 9388. 0559 in Sydney to book in.

Nature teaches us many things, not only dates. Look how bright the moon looks, although it has no natural light of its own. All that we are seeing is a reflection of the sun onto the surface of the moon.

Similarly the Tasman Sea is reflecting the beauty of the full moon, but it has no light of its own.

God calls us to reflect His nature and to reflect His glory. What a miracle and what beauty that is. When you see the beauty of a person, the glory of their Creator is what you are seeing. And He is worthy of all praise, amen?