The Jesus Family Tomb Examined - by René López
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|Did He rise spiritually rather than bodily? ... This scholarly, thoroughly researched work, written in an easy-to-read style, stands as a strong defense of the physical resurrection of Jesus, a cornerstone truth of Christianity. --Roy B. Zuck|
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I have been involved in the Talpiot tomb controversy since very early on. The Discovery Channel asked me to preview the Special on the tomb and to give them my feedback before it went public. I did. I was very frank about the problems I saw. They graciously worked to put together the Ted Koppel Special that aired after the other special to allow the discussion on the Special’s claims to begin. Few channels would have been open to such a critique of something they helped air. That Special signaled that there were real and important issues related to the history of Christianity that needed attention. It began the discussion and reaction to the claims that followed.
However, the controversy has not entirely died. This January Princeton Theological Seminary sponsored a symposium in Jerusalem on the issue of first-century burials in Judaism. The Talpiot tomb was a part of that discussion. Reports from magazines like TIME claimed that scholars were taking a fresh look at the Talpiot claims, reassessing the largely negative reception that initial claims received. Since then the scholars present at the Symposium, including its chairperson James Charlesworth, have challenged this take on the meeting. (For the discussion generated by the Symposium, see the blog, www.primetimejesus.com and search the many entries with the keyword, Jesus Tomb). The question is, What evidence is there for and against these claims?
This work by René A. López covers the issues these claims raise from every angle: archaeological, historical, and theological. René has gone through the many discussions these claims have generated, giving them a close look. He is well equipped to guide one through the myriad of questions these claims have raised. This is the book to get on the claims about the Jesus Tomb. In it, you will be able to assess what the discussion is about at all of these levels. I commend the book with enthusiasm. I think you will “discover” a great deal in the process.
“The book to get on this controversy”
Darrell L. Bock
Research Professor of New Testament Studies
Dallas Theological Seminary
López discusses these issues thoroughly and argues in detail for the authenticity of the biblical record that affirms Jesus’ physical resurrection. . . . This scholarly, thoroughly researched work, written in an easy-to-read style, stands as a strong defense of the physical resurrection of Jesus, a cornerstone truth of Christianity.
—Roy B. Zuck, Th.D.
For believers and unbelievers alike, The Jesus Family Tomb Examined sets the issue in stark and clear terms that leave no doubt as to the historical legitimacy of the time-honored tradition.
Here is a book that sets the record straight by pointing out that the best scholarship leads us back to a Jesus who claimed to be God and had the evidence to prove it. In these pages we are shown why we can have confidence in the New Testament documents where we find a Jesus who can save us; a Jesus who is worthy of our worship and trust.
This detailed scholarly book should put the final nail in the coffin of “the Talpiot tomb theory.” This “cold case” has been solved, and it doesn’t involve Jesus or his family. Highly recommended.
This book is a carefully crafted defense of the integrity of the Christian scriptures and the resurrection of Christ our Savior. For those who are troubled by the recent rash of books and television documentaries that have the "appearance of knowledge” as they deny the truth and trustworthiness of the biblical record, let not your heart be troubled. Read and be comforted & convinced.
Those who enjoy reading mysteries will enjoy this book’s exposure of the real conspiracy involved in Cameron’s “documentary.”
At this juncture we can be very thankful for seasoned scholars, such as René López, who has carefully, thoroughly, and systematically answered the attack in the Spirit of Christ. I heartily commend his work to you. It will require some diligence but, I assure you, you will be better and stronger for it.
In The Jesus Family Tomb Examined, René López presents the most detailed treatment yet of the Talpiot Tomb discovery. For those who want to study the unabridged edition of the archaeological find itself, the subsequent sensational announcement that this was probably the burial tomb of Jesus’ family, and the backlash of recent scholars, including their plethora of reasons for firmly rejecting this conclusion, I would strongly recommend López’s fine volume.
René López has taken on one such challenge in response to the so-called The JesusFamily Tomb. His reasoned examination of this tomb along with his defense of Jesus bodily resurrection is a formidable apologetic in support of this indispensable foundation of Christianity.
This is a must read for anyone interested in the facts surrounding the Family Tomb of Jesus and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
René López gives the Jesus family tomb theory the thorough debunking it so richly deserves. He points out countless errors and lapses in logic on the part Simcha Jacobovici and his associates, who have foisted on a naive public and gullible media a highly implausible scenario. Critical scholars and laity alike are appalled by this travesty. The Jesus Family Tomb Examined will go a long way toward setting the record straight.
René López’s work skillfully dismantles point by point the arguments made by these advocates and shows cogently how Jesus’ tomb continues to remain empty, because He rose physically. I wholeheartedly recommend this work.
Clearly and forcefully written, and with ample documentation, The Jesus Family Tomb Examined provides much needed answers to the escalating attacks on the Christ of the Gospels.
In 2007, Jacobovici and Pellegrino claimed that Jesus’ family tomb had been found. One may have thought that the matter would have gone away after a nearly unanimous scholarly community agreed that the two were seriously mistaken. However, their proposal found new life when it became the subject of discussion at the Princeton Symposium on Judaism and Christian Origins. In this volume, René López provides an encyclopedic refutation of the Jesus Family Tomb hypothesis and gives it the dishonorable burial it deserves!
This book is by far the most accurate and detailed response to the Talpiot Tomb I have read to date. A must read for anyone interested in the facts behind the hype!
Tired of the new docudramas attacking the historicity of Jesus and Christianity? René López’s book, The Jesus Family Tomb Examined, is both fair and thorough. The light of truth and fact is shown into the darkness of doubts and unsubstantiated innuendoes. This book will help you navigate your way through the rapids of the multiple cultural perceptions that keep arising against Christ and His cause.
René A. López has written a timely and thorough refutation of recent sensational theories that allege that the family tomb of Jesus has been found, with inscribed ossuaries which prove that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, had a son named Judas, and was not resurrected. His book also clearly and convincingly sets forth reasons for the historic Christian belief in Christ’s resurrection.
René has “hit back-to-back home runs” with his masterpiece commentary on Romans (Romans Unlocked) and now with The Jesus Family Tomb Examined. May God use it greatly for His glory!