I don’t have the time or the wherewithal to point out the phallacies Simcha needs to firm up his case. He tries to wrap his hands around it, but keeps getting the shaft. He just keeps spitting it out and expecting the world to swallow it.
Anyway… as someone pointed out… nails near or in a tomb doesn’t point to death, rather… they would point to the resurrection. The nails only become important IF JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
On Sunday, I posted some comments on Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson’s forthcoming book and documentary, Jacobovici and Wilson’s “Lost Gospel”. It led to a very interesting comments thread in which the possibility came up that their “lost gospel” might in fact be a section from Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor featuring a Syriac text of Joseph and Aseneth as well as the correspondence that prefaces it. In response to this, Richard Bauckham has sent the following comments, which I am here promoting to a post of its own….
Mr. Jacobovici is fabricating an ideological opponent and juxtaposing characterizations of our work to rhetorical jabs at that strawman in order to associate us with it and thus appeal to a growing and popular ideological community that is interested in a specific anti-establishment and humanistic Jesus.
If you’ve followed the Simcha/Tabor fiasco, you’ll note the need to call into question certain items, especially related to Simcha’s interview with Father Puech. This has caused some to reconsider some of the long standing issues from the beginning, such as the number of replicas in the possession of Simcha, et al.
Simcha swears that his opponents are something like 33rd degree Masons
Dr. Tabor has since responded, suggesting that their is a pre-existent narrative (we are unable to prove) and,
They are indeed somewhat different since two different labs produced them using the photos we had taken. I think the second might be a bit more accurate overall, especially in the proportional size of the “fish” and a more careful representation of the “little fish” along the border, plus a few other details, such as the “zig zigs” on the left end that should have been added.
As Tom Verenna has pointed out, Tabor has been shown to have changed certain items and representations based on criticism, without citing either his changes or his motivations for such changes.
Notice who Tabor says made the second replica –
The second was done in Israel by Associated Producers, for the launch of The Jesus Discovery film
Associated Producers is Simcha’s company. Further, there is considerable time between the creation of the two replicas. What transpired in this time? The criticism leveled from actual scholars.
There are issues here as well, but more on that as it develops.
It has been shared in numerous venues, but Father Puech, a research giant in the Dead Sea Scrolls and latest victim of the Simcha propaganda machine, is now retracting much of his previously aired statements in support of the so-called Jonah fish. Fr. Puech has gone so far as to say he was abused by Simcha. If you have seen the video, and there is no reason to post it once again, then you will have noticed the reproduction was not what the actual pictures showed. Thus, the Professor was lulled into a common trap — the presenter gives only the evidence followed by subtle suggestions so that the respondent is left with but one simple choice.
I would wager heavily that had Puech dismissed Simcha’s claims, we would not have seen the video at all. But, that is in the past now.
I am ashamed to have been abused by the Simcha Jacobici film and by the exploitation of the interview they did. Simcha never presented himself by his name before the inerview; I was called by Noam for an interview first on the Dead sea Scrolls, with that addition in two different occasions.
For now, the professor maintains with a guarded edge a reading of Jonah, but I suspect when heseestheevidence, he will retract.
this is the image of the real Cannes Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Daniel concludes, in part…
It should be needless to say, but the title of Tabor’s blog post is entirely deceptive. Whether that deception was calculated or the product of naivety and lack of forethought is not clear (the latter may be possible in light of the author’s misspelling of Émile Puech’s name, by the way).
Lately, I’ve been posting a lot about the Jews of Spain, the Inquisition and the “conversos” i.e., those Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism back in 1492. I’ve even traced world champion tennis player, Rafael Nadal, to a converso family. But now I want to go further and let you know that some of the Jews who were persecuted by the Spanish Inquisition were actually descendants of the earliest Christians. In fact, and I know this may sound far-fetched, I believe the evidence is overwhelming that Jesus himself traveled to Spain.
This is sorta like the plot line to various movies and books descending from [Holy Blood, Holy Grail]]]. I’m not dating Simcha is so low on new ideas he has to retread the same old myth… But I’m not not saying it either.
Note, this is also akin to the legendary Acts 29 where Paul does go to Spain (and then to Britain) so I guess why not Jesus too.