I just saw a little ditty on Nightline ABC about James Tabor and company’s recent discovery of more Jerusalem ossuaries. I’d heard about this earlier in the year and didn’t pay much attention – I’m not a Dan Brown fan, you might remember.
According to Tabor, one ossuary has a visual depiction of Jonah and the fish (shown in the picture here), which he notes is connected to the resurrection from the dead, as per Matthew 12:38-40. I personally agree with Mark Goodacre and Robert Cargill that it looks more like a vase, especially since on the actual ossuary the image is 90 degrees counter-clockwise of what you see in this picture, but whatever. Tabor also claims that another nearby ossuary has Greek writing on it which refers to resurrection. A third had what could have been a cross.
At any rate, they’re using the find to try and make the case that the “Jesus’ family tomb” thing from some time back is truly the real deal, and that Jesus really is buried there. The logic runs that, since you’ve ostensibly got references to a resurrection on these bone-boxes (if we grant for a moment that this much is true), Jesus must have been buried there!
Hm, last time I visited my deceased ancestors in the Fairmont, OK cemetery, at least a good 50 or 60% of the headstones had some sort of reference to the resurrection of the body. Some even had the ichthus (fish) symbol on them, and there were a good many crosses.
O_0 Call up the media, I think Jesus is buried in Fairmont!
But seriously, even if this tomb pans out to be connected to Christianity in some way (and we are far away from that being proven as of yet), why on earth does it follow that – just because some people believed in the resurrection – Jesus must be buried nearby? The absurdity.