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First, I am a Christian and inspite of the controversy over the book, my faith has not changed.Yes there is solid evidence presented here, but to me it just confirms Jesus lived and it fills in a lot of gaps. I think Science and Faith can work hand i hand.It's the reactionaries that can't see that. Although techchnically some of the info and facts presented were way over my head.Ultimately whether you believe in the resurection or not shouldn't change wit this book. I did like the voice of the reader..
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Full disclosure: I'm an Episcopalian who has always doubted the divinity of Jesus. Call me irrational, but I find more inspiration in the historical Jeshua the Nazarene than the Jesus created by Paul, and later the Romans, to further personal agendas. Thus, this book amazed me. Told like a old-fashioned detective thriller, it presents its findings concisely and with conviction. As one reviewer notes, it is impossible to say whether or not the tomb in question held the remains of the actual Jeshua the Nazarene, but the theories are plausible, the evidence adds up, and for those of you who seek the Jesus of history, you may just find this title more inspiring than a church service.
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Having watched the dvd years ago which captured my imagination from start to finish, I found this audio book to be just as captivating and unbelievable. Its hard for the old pre programmed scholars and archaeologists to move beyond their fear based emotions and see what's staring them straight in the face. For me, there can be no more compelling evidence brought to light that can allow the wise and open minded ones to know beyond a doubt that this is the last resting place of Jesus and his family.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
As an amusing diversion, yes, but with caveats and warnings. Jacobovi is too eager to postulate radical theories than to actual prove them. Scholarship it ain't, entertainment it is.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I wasn't surprised by the conclusions. Because Biblical archaeology is a battlefield to prove the historicity of scripture it gets twisted and distorted at every opportunity, and this book is an excellent example of the facts misrepresented to prove the unproven/unprovable.
What about Michael Ciulla’s performance did you like?
A good reading, but not edge of the seat stuff.
Do you think The Jesus Family Tomb needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes, if it is a factual, scientific analysis of the evidence without spectacular off the wall conclusions - but that won't happen.
Any additional comments?
Simcha Jacobovici is journalist first and foremost, who has an amateur's interest in the Bible and archaeology. He is NOT a scholar. So he goes for spectacular headline-grabbing conclusions. What is a possibility on one page becomes a fact by the next page to support his thesis.