Tidningen Dagen skriver om följande konferens:
The Third Princeton Symposium on Judaism and Christian Origins: Jewish Views of the After Life and Burial Practices in Second Temple Judaism: Evaluating the Talpiot Tomb in Context (Jan 13-16, 2008, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem)
Throughout this conference, almost without exception, the archaeologists, scientists, epigraphers and textual scholars could find no compelling evidence that would support the claim that the Talpiot Tomb under discussion (one of many tombs in the Talpiot district of Jerusalem) was anything other than a first-century Jewish family tomb with no connection to any known historical family. There were a few scholars on hand, working in the literature and the social sciences, who would contend that there was some likelihood that the tomb was actually the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and his family.
Duke University Religion Department and NT Gateway Weblog:
A firestorm has broken out in Jerusalem following the conclusion of the “Third Princeton Theological Seminary Symposium on Jewish Views of the Afterlife and Burial Practices in Second Temple Judaism: Evaluating the Talpiot Tomb in Context.” Most negative assessments of archaeologists and other scientists and scholars who attended have been excluded from the final press reports. Instead the media have presented the views of Simcha Jacobovici, who produced the controversial film and book “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” with Hollywood director James Cameron, and who claims that his identification has been vindicated by the conference papers. Nothing further from the truth can be deduced from the discussion and presentations that took place on January 13-17, 2008. … To conclude, we wish to protest the misrepresentation of the conference proceedings in the media, and make it clear that the majority of scholars in attendance – including all of the archaeologists and epigraphers who presented papers relating to the tomb – either reject the identification of the Talpiot tomb as belonging to Jesus’ family or find this claim highly speculative.
When first approached by conference organizers to participate in the Princeton Theological Seminary three day symposium, I along with several colleagues refused. My refusal was due to the fact that I had firsthand experience with Simcha Jacobovici, James Tabor and company over the film as well as their popular books and saw the deliberate manipulation of anthropological/archaeological data in order to pursue their agenda, namely TV ratings and book sales. … Now that the damage has been done the sponsors behind the Talpiot tomb publicity stunt are claiming on their blogs that they were misunderstood, ill advised etc. and that the jury is still out on their claim, whereas the truth is just the opposite, the overwhelming majority, if not nearly all scholars present, except one, regarded this as but a shameful and distasteful attempt to achieve fame and fortune at the expense of colleagues, the Holocaust and the profession.
Professor Charlesworths tolkningen av resultatet av konferensen, att det skulle finnas ett mandat bland bibelforskare och arkeologer att öppna graven på nytt, måste betraktas som mycket tveksamt. Det hela luktar publicitet och pengar.
Biblical Archaeology Society har öppnat en hemsida enbart för denna debatt. Där kan du läsa fler röster för och emot, och följa hur diskussionen utvecklas, även om hela grejen också enligt min mening borde begravas för gått.