|Joe Zias, is an outstanding Israeli biblical
anthropologist and scholar who heads up that department at Hebrew
University has been investigating the ongoing "discovery" that attempts
to debunk Christianity. He has graciously provided the attached summary
of his "24 hours per day" work over the past several weeks. He has just
posted this report on his web site at www.joezias.com.
Viewers Guide to Understanding the Talpiot Tomb 'documentary' to be
aired on the Discovery Channel
by Joe Zias
Posted: 12:30 March 7, 2007 Jerusalem
Scene from the movie Lost Tomb of Jesus
Deconstructing the Second and Hopefully
Last Coming of Simcha and the BAR Crowd
Cast of Characters- Short Bios
A. J. Cameron, award winning film maker who for some unknown reason
decided to make a film on the world of Biblical Archaeology- Producer
B. Simcha J. Canadian film maker who produced the documentary on
the James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus ossuary which was deemed to be
a forgery by the Israel Antiquities Authority and other experts. The
criminal trial is still in progress and SJ testified in Dec. 22, 2005 on
behalf of the defense. He is producing and directing a series entitled
The Naked Archaeologist' in which he stars. He is not an archaeologist
nor does he have any creditability within the profession.
C. The /Biblical Archaeology Review/ crowd hereafter referred to as
the BAR crowd. This is a collection of individuals who have been deeply
involved with BAR, mainly textual scholars who pose from time to time,
when convenient, as archaeologists. Several appear prominently both in
the Hebrew and English version of the film.
D. The films 'experts' several of whom hold academic positions with
proven track records in every field except Biblical Archaeology. Most
experts however have no creditability within the profession. Charles
Pellegrino is an example of this. His past books are The Ghosts of
Atlantis, Ghosts of Vesuvius, Rtn to Sodom and Gomorrah, and Unearthing
Atlantis. The first two deal with psychic phenomena while the last two
deal with mythical places. He co-authored the book as well as appears
from time to time in the film.
E. Experts II, those individuals and colleagues who appear in the
film, totally unaware of the premise of the documentary, all of whom I
have contacted are totally opposed to the evidence as presented, out of
context as well as edited in such a way as to give the false impression
that they are in agreement with the film. Seems we are more difficult
F. The Others- a host of individuals and colleagues connected to
the profession whom have not only been supportive but have supplied much
of the information for the viewers guide. To them, I am indebted.
The Hype upon the unsuspecting public as a documentary
with a budget of over 4 million dollars (may be Canadian) produced over
a period of 4 years.