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The Jesus Discovery


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.

EASTER 2014 SCHEDULE: Our encore presentation of The Jesus Discovery will be broadcast on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11pm ET/8pm PT, with a special presentation of the extended, 90 minute version of this fascinating and intriguing documentary set to air Friday, April 18 at Midnight ET/9pm PT.


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!

What The Press is Saying About The Jesus Discovery

MSNBC: New Find Revives Jesus Tomb Flap

Ha’aretz English: ‘Naked Archaeologist’ finds signs Jerusalem cave was used to bury Jesus’ disciples

Daily Mail: ‘Divine Jehovah, raise up’: Does discovery of this 1st Century coffin lid prove the resting place of Jesus is under Jerusalem tower block?

The Globe and Mail: Ossuaries could be a direct link to Jesus

"The Jesus Discovery" - the robotic arm moments before making the big discovery
The robotic arm moments before making the big discovery
"The Jesus Discovery" - Simcha Jacobovici and crew inside the Christian catacombs
Simcha Jacobovici and crew inside the Christian catacombs
"The Jesus Discovery" - James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici at robotic arm control center
(L) James Tabor, Author and Chair of Dept. of Religious Studies at U. of North Carolina and Simcha Jacobovici (R) at robotic arm control center
"The Jesus Discovery" - CGI enhanced image of Jonah and The Whale
CGI enhanced image of Jonah and The Whale


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. and

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.

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