Friends, I did an extended radio interview for the U.K. audience which is airing soon but you can hear it now. Here is the link---http://www.premier.org.uk/engine.cfm?i=680
Let me know what you think.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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Hey Dr. Witherington,
I am almost finished with What Have They Done With Jesus. Just wanted to thank you and let you know I enjoyed it.
Dr. Witherington --
This interview was quite excellent.
I'd like to take a moment to publicly thank you for being so quick to email me answers to questions regarding 1st century Israel, look over drafts, and everything else. I know you are busy and I greatly appreciate every moment you spared me.
Randy Ingermanson and I are working on a more formal/thorough statistical evaluation of the Talpiot tomb. When we complete it, I will be sure to send it your way.
Hello Dr. Witherington,
Thought the interview was excellent.. very intriguing.
A technical note regarding the blog, your link to Blogs 4 God seems to be broken.
No dice. Can't run it. My WMP is moody.
I enjoyed you on Faith Under Fire (debating Shermer) and would have enjoyed your comments here as well, I'm sure. But, alas, computers will be computers.
Thanks, enjoyed it much. Do you agree however that the James Ossuary finding is reasonably disputed and that it could be a hoax?
Or are you as certain it is not a hoax to the same degree you are convinced Cameron and Simcha are wrong?
Stephen Hand, editor
I'd be curious to know what people think of all this and what it may mean for his objectivity / scholarship:
Simcha's Tomb, "All-Seeing Eye" and "the Masons" in his own words:
See at Youtube:
Rough transcript (forgive typos)--Quote: In the book I wrote with Dr. [Charles] Pellegrino we follow up more than in the film the symbol on the facade; the reason is in the movie---I didn't want to get too far away from solid facts---maybe we'll do a follow up film---the minute you start getting away to the Middle Ages, the templars, secret societies, it gets a little grey, so we stayed away. In the book we followed it up a little more. What I will say is that I believe there is a connection between this tomb and the pyramids, the Eye, The All-seeing Eye. It's too much of a coincidence that the Crusaders go to Jerusalem, they come back and then suddenly you find in their illustrated manuscripts this symbol, and then they're driven underground and then suddenly it becomes a symbol of underground secret societies like the Masons, so it seems that there was a heresy here.
Maybe the Templars came across surviving a little judeo-christian sect(s). Imagine that at a time of about 1100 (CE) there were still people in Jerusalem who secretly followed kind of... The Nazarene version of the Jesus movement, that kind of first stage. Now they wouldn't have advertised that, because it was a heresy, they would have been killed.
But people say little sects don't survive around for a thousand years like that, but we know that Nazarene's were still around, the judeo-Christians, the people with the early philosophy of Jesus were still around when Queen Helena went to Jerusalem to try to find the holy sepulchre, the true cross, because she says she grabs a bunch of them and tortures one and says "where's that cross?!" So they're there in the fourth century, so when did they disappear in the 5th, 6th, 7th? Could they have survived three or four hundred years beyond what we know?
Well, guess what? There's Mandeans in Iraq---"Google it", they think John the Baptist is the guy; not Jesus, so little groups survived hundreds sometimes thousands of years longer...than people [who] think they are way gone and their still around.
So I think there might be a connection between the surviving judeo-christian group and the symbol, the Templars, the Masons...you can almost like Hansel and Gretel follow the little trail of breadcrumbs...
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