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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simcha Jacobovici, Charles Pellegrino Narrator: Michael Ciulla Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Jesus Family Tomb tells the story of what may very well be the greatest archaeological find of all time—the discovery of the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth.

Following the accidental bulldozing of a tomb during the building of a housing complex in suburban Jerusalem in 1980, archaeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority were immediately called to the scene. Inside, the archaeologists found ten ossuaries—limestone boxes that served as first-century coffins. Six had inscriptions, including Jesus, son of Joseph; two Marys; and Judah, son of Jesus. The team concluded that the unusual group of names was merely coincidence. After removing and cataloging the ossuaries, they left the tomb to the builders to finish what they had already started.

Twenty-five years later, Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy award-winning journalist, tracked down the ossuaries in the Israeli Antiquities Authority’s warehouse and decided to investigate this remarkable collection of names. Simcha mapped and then located the original tomb, which, to his surprise, was still intact. Granted unequaled access, he soon found that the archaeologists were unaware of key evidence that made this the discovery of a lifetime.

This is a story that is destined to grab international headlines and raise fundamental questions about the historical Jesus. Are the “Jesus” and “Mary” referred to in these inscriptions the Jesus and Mary Magdalene of the gospels? Readers are taken on a remarkable journey: from telling statistical analysis, to a time-bending trip across two millennia and an investigation of the patinas and DNA of the tombs that makes an episode of CSI look mundane. The Jesus Family Tomb arrives at an extraordinary answer to an ancient mystery.

A riveting combination of history, archaeology, and theology, this book will change the way we think about God, religion, and everything we have learned about the life and death of Jesus.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absolutely fascinating…many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime.”  

    The Today Show

  • “A slick and suspenseful narrative…Jacobovici is a maverick, a self-made Indiana Jones.” 


  • “Part archaeological detective story and part early Christian history, The Jesus Family Tomb is a narrative as riveting as any novel.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Mr. Jacobovici succeeds amazingly at what any good historian of antiquity must do: he brings the stories to life.” 

    New York Times

  • “Pellegrino is the perfect man for the Big Picture. He dreams in eons, from last October all the way back to the Big Bang.” 


  • "This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism." 

    John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire 

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dal | 12/29/2013

    " Started off great, though got boring.....fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob | 12/15/2013

    " if true, indeed if this is the family tomb of jesus -- it will surely be lost on deaf ears of a decaying society of sicophants, fanatics, and murderers. if you are a christian, you have blood on your hands. i don't want any part of your fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 12/4/2013

    " I did find the history of "ossuaries" interesteing but I didn't finish the book as I found it quite heavy going and got bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pete daPixie | 12/3/2013

    " Simcha Jacobovici's investigation of the tomb and ossuary collection discovered in Talpiot, Jerusalem. Fascinating archaeological dig into early first century Jewish/Christian burial evidence. "

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