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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Tabor, Simcha Jacobovici Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is the story of a stunning new discovery that provides the first physical evidence of Christians in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and his apostles.

In 2010, using a specialized robotic camera, authors Tabor and Jacobovici, working with archaeologists, geologists, and forensic anthropologists, explored a previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. They made a remarkable discovery: the tomb contained several ossuaries, or bone boxes, two of which were carved with an iconic image and a Greek inscription. Taken together, the image and the inscription constitute the earliest archaeological evidence of faith in Jesus’ resurrection.

Since the newly discovered ossuaries can be reliably dated to before AD 70, when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, they also provide the first evidence in Jerusalem of the people who would later be called “Christians.” In fact, it is possible, maybe even likely, that whoever was buried in this tomb actually knew Jesus and heard him preach.

The newly examined tomb is only two hundred feet away from the so-called Jesus Family Tomb. This controversial tomb, excavated in 1980 and recently brought to international attention, contained ossuaries inscribed with names associated with Jesus and his immediate family. Critics dismissed the synchronicity of names as mere coincidence. But the new discovery increases the likelihood that the “Jesus Family Tomb” is, indeed, the real tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Tabor and Jacobovici discuss the evidence in support of this interpretation and describe how both tombs appear to have been part of the property of a wealthy individual, possibly Joseph of Arimathea, the man who, according to the gospels, buried Jesus.

The Jesus Discovery explains how the recent find is revolutionizing our understanding of the earliest years of Christianity. Tabor and Jacobovici discuss what the concept of resurrection meant to the first followers of Jesus, particularly how it differed from the common understanding of the term today. Because the new archaeological discovery predates all other Christian documents, including the gospels, it offers a dramatic witness to what the people who knew Jesus believed.

There is no doubt that this is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made. The Jesus Discovery is the firsthand account of how it happened and what it means.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tabor, a religious studies professor, and filmmaker Jacobovici do an excellent job of walking readers through the discoveries, framing the history; explaining the what, why, and how of ancient ossuaries; and taking another look at the statistical evidence surrounding the names in the first tomb.”

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  • “Religion professor James Tabor and documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici have already generated major controversies about the early history of Christianity…The revelations of The Jesus Discovery promise to eclipse even the hubbub generated by these two earlier books.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 12/14/2012

    " Excellent book; should be essential reading for all Christians! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tom Porter | 11/20/2012

    " This is a very interesting book, but I'm not sure I agree with the conclusions thus far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel | 10/4/2012

    " This book will give you something to think about. It certainly did that for me. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that this book did something I like: it looked at the historical side of Jesus and compared it to his portrayal in the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danjel Lessard | 8/1/2012

    " Although they're dealing with a subject many people of faith would immediately reject, the authors did a fantastic job of showing how their discoveries and interpretations could confirm the most staunch believers. It's an interesting read, a great book, and I would read it again. "

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