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Madden on Easter

Just in time for for the Feast of the Resurrection! Thomas F. Madden takes aim at Simcha Jacobovici’s idiosyncratic interpretation of the Talpiot tomb — a conceit which, zombie-like, seems to refuse to die despite the best efforts of actual, credible archeologists.

Not Dead Yet.”

The scholarly case on the tomb may be essentially closed, but the sensationalist fantasies are alive and well. After all, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, can’t make all the money, can he? It’s frustrating, though — particularly for scholars who have spent their careers trying to uncover and disseminate the truth. One cheesy documentary, it seems, is worth a thousand good books and journal articles.

In time, though, the Lost Tomb of Jesus and its parent, The Da Vinci Code, will fade away, joining the long parade of past pseudo-history fads like Erich Von Daniken’s Chariot of the Gods? and Immanuel Velikovsky’s Worlds in Collision.

Christians will just have to make due with the Empty Tomb.

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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