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Could Christ's Coffin Have Finally Been Discovered in Jerusalem?

Could Christ's Coffin Have Finally Been Discovered in Jerusalem?

Bears the inscription "Divine Jehovah, raise up, raise up."

Any Christian will tell you that Christ's body is irretrievable, given the resurrection. But could his empty coffin have been found? The Daily Mail has a story that suggests as much may be the case.

The story begins with a controversial archaeological find from the 1980's colloquially called the "Jesus Family Tomb" -- a 1st century building that archaeologists believed contained the remains of the family of Christ. This particular find spurred controversy because one implication was that Christ may have been married and raised children (presumably with Mary Magdalene). Protests by Orthodox Jews who objected to the disturbance of a burial site ended any official investigation into the building prematurely...until now.

James Tabor, a scriptural scholar from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and his partner Simcha Jacobovici, a documentary filmmaker, recently obtained permission to do further excavation around the site of the "Jesus Family Tomb." They found another, more carefully hidden tomb, jokingly dubbed the "Patio Tomb" because its discovery indicates that it would sit right beneath the Patio of the Jesus Family Tomb.

And what was in the "Patio Tomb?" Apparently, a series of limestone "Bone Boxes" dated to the 1st century, one of which bears a lid with the inscription "Divine Jehovah, raise up, raise up." Moreover, it carries an image of a fish with a stick figure in its mouth, which scholars believe may be designed to represent Jonah and the Whale, one of the first explicitly Christian prophets, and a symbol of Christ's resurrection:

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