Nearly a thousand years after his death people are still arguing over the final resting place of Jesus Christ (and his teachings, but that’s another issue).
However a geologist is now claiming he has found ‘virtually unequivocal evidence’ that Jesus’s body was left in a tomb in east Jerusalem.
The Talpiot Tomb, a burial site discovered in 1980, is often believed to be where Jesus’ body was left after his death due to the writing ‘Yeshua bar Yehosef’ (‘Jesus, son of Joseph’) found written in the tomb.
While scholars have debated this theory for many years, Dr Aryeh Shimron claims to have carried out tests which ‘prove’ the tomb is in fact the resting place of Jesus.
He said: ‘The evidence is beyond what I expected. I think I’ve got really powerful, virtually unequivocal evidence that the James ossuary spent most of its lifetime, or death time, in the Talpiot Tomb.’
An ‘ossuary’ is a box placed in a tomb, and the one in question is the ossuary that had Jesus’ name inscribed on it.
While Dr Shimon is confident about his geochemical tests carried out in the tomb, he has many people to convince, and it is likely his claims will do little more than stoke the flames of a centuries old debate.