…or at least that’s what the great men of faith at the Discovery Channel want you to believe.
Quite frankly, this is evidence that the publicity surrounding the Anna Nicole Smith soap opera is winding down, and news outlets are losing ratings. Ergo, they need news to report, so they recycle a 10-year-old non-story.
In the first century, this would have been a decisive rebuttal to any resurrection claims by Jesus’ followers, and the Romans would have been all-too-happy to drag the body through the streets of Jerusalem. This would have killed Christianity in the crib, as Jesus would have been another false messiah.
Perhaps this is one–of several–reasons why archeologists aren’t giving this story much weight.
Personally, this reminds me of the book A Skeleton in God’s Closet, by Paul Maier. I’m sure Dan Brown will use this to write his sequel to The DaVinci Code.