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Jesus’ family tomb

Captain’s Log, Stardate 03.20.2007

The James Cameron documentary

Many of you have heard of the documentary on the Discovery Channel, “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” produced by James Cameron and based on the book The Jesus Family Tomb.

My friend Randy Ingermanson is not only a Biblical scholar but also a brilliant PhD physicist with an extensive mathematical background. He was naturally interested in the documentary and the book.

The idea of Jesus’ tomb being found is rather disturbing for the average American Christian (ya think?), so Randy set out to see what they had to say. And being both a Bible scholar and a mathematician, he could determine if the statistics they quoted are correct that the archaeological find was the tomb of Jesus.

Randy already has stellar credentials in this field of Biblical statistics because he wrote a book on the Bible Codes statistics, and he’s also done research on other bone boxes, particularly the one thought to be that of James, the brother of Jesus.

According to his calculations, the odds are at least 10,000 to 1 AGAINST Jesus of Nazareth being the man found in the tomb. He commented on it in his Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine March edition (.pdf), with a link to a more extensive article with all his calculations.

The article in the e-zine is short and to the point—take a look at it if you have a few seconds.


  1. Okay, I'm probably going to come across as a zealous nut here but I'm still going to say it...

    I don't really pay any attention when they come out with documentaries like this or people start saying things like they found Jesus' tomb because I believe that until the day Jesus comes back there are always going to be people trying to discredit Christianity. And I used to worry about such things. I mean really really worry. But now I don't even pay attention to them. They don't bother me at all because I know what I know. Ya know?

  2. All you have to do is look at the filmmaker's motivations about this story. You can see the interview here:


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