The Canadians get Simcha right

An amateur archeologist claimed Tuesday to have identified what could be the remains of some of Christ’s disciples in a firstcentury burial chamber beneath a block of apartments in Jerusalem.

A team led by Simcha Jacobovic, a Canadian documentary director, used a robot to photograph a number of limestone burial caskets, which may provide an unprecedented glimpse into Christianity’s earliest days.

But the potential significance of the discovery is almost certain to be overshadowed by controversy, with Jacobovic using it to bolster his widely disputed claims to have identified the bones of Jesus and his family nearby.

via Canadian expert claims to have found ancient burial site of Jesus’ disciples.

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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