ONE thing’s for sure – Dr Aryeh Shimron’s claims are going to be pretty controversial.
He’s a geologist and he apparently has proof that Jesus Christ is buried at a site in East Jerusalem.
The area is called Talpiot Tomb and it was first found in 1980. But now Aryeh has done some tests, which he says prove Jesus of Nazareth, his wife Mary Magdalene and SON Judah were laid to rest there.
There are nine burial boxes in the tomb, and they all have names with links to the New Testament of the Bible on them.
It all caused people to suggest it was where Jesus’s body was buried, and was proof he’d married and had a child. This was highly controversial, given Christians believe Jesus was resurrected.
All of this was included in the 2007 movie The Lost Tomb of Jesus, but unsurprisingly it didn’t go down well with everyone.
Some people rubbished the claims, saying all the names etched on the boxes were so common at the time there’s no way of drawing any conclusions.
On top of this, an Israelli collector bought a burial box inscribed with ‘James son of Joseph brother of Jesus’ in the 70s.
It was suggested that if this could be linked to the tomb, the collection of names made it much more likely the tomb was that of Jesus’s family.
Step in Aryeh, who insists chemical tests show the claims are more than likely true though.
He has matched elements in soil samples from the tomb and bone box.
“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,” he told New York Times.
This wasn’t a quick process either.
He spent years comparing soil from different tombs and ossuaries before he drew the conclusion about Jesus.