This new documentary by Emmy winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (The Naked Archeologist; The Lost Tomb of Jesus) reveals a stunning new archaeological find that revolutionizes our understanding of Jesus and the birth of Christianity. Using a specialized robotic camera developed in Toronto, Jacobovici, renowned biblical scholar James Tabor and a team of technical experts explore a sealed, previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. The ossuaries, or bone boxes, that are uncovered and their associated carvings are some of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made. Co-produced with award-winning documentary producer Felix Golubev, The Jesus Discovery offers a dramatic witness to what the people who knew Jesus actually believed. It is the first-hand account of how the discovery happened and what it means. Part archaeological adventure, part Biblical history, part forensic science, part theological controversy, The Jesus Discovery is a story that will carry around the world.
In 2007, Jacobovici made international headlines by claiming to have found the lost tomb of Jesus in Talpiot, a suburb of Jerusalem. He came under immediate attack. The main argument against his theory was that “Jesus” was a common name in 1st century Judea, so was “Mary” and so was “Joseph,” all names found in the Talpiot tomb. But adjacent to the alleged “Jesus family tomb” is another tomb – an unexcavated tomb. It is this second tomb that drives the investigation of the new film. The discoveries are nothing short of incredible…but will they undermine or support the hypothesis that Jesus and his family were buried in Talpiot, Jerusalem? Get ready for more headlines!
Simcha Jacobovici is a multi-award winning television producer, director, Professor of Religious Studies, Huntington University in Ontario, Canada, and the author (with Charles Pellegrino) of The New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb. Currently on VisionTV, he can be seen as the host of The Naked Archeologist.
James D. Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1989. He has previously held positions at the University of Notre Dame and the College of William and Mary. He is the author or coauthor of several other books, including The Jesus Dynasty.
Felix Golubev is one of Canada’s top documentary film producers and a recipient of multiple awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. In addition to producing The Jesus Discovery for VisionTV and Discovery Channel USA, he has recently produced Beasts of the Bible for National Geographic, Charging The Rhino for VisionTV and the critically acclaimed The Lost Tomb of Jesus for VisionTV, Discovery Channel USA, Channel 4 UK and ProSieben Germany.
Simon & Schuster has just published The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity by Tabor and Jacobovici. It is available in bookstores across Canada.