In 1980 and 1981 during construction of an apartment building in the East Tapiot neighborhood of Jerusalem a
construction crew uncovered two nearby tombs from around the time of Jesus. One tomb revealed bone boxes
upon which were inscribed names thought by some to include the name “Jesus son of Joseph” as well as other
names associated with the family of the biblical Jesus. A storm of controversy erupted in 2007 when the Jesus
Family Tomb book made the claim that this tomb in East Talpiot could be the family tomb of the biblical Jesus.
Now, in recent months, the second tomb was examined with a remote camera by the same team behind the
Jesus Family Tomb. In their new book, the Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth
of Christianity the authors reveal dramatic symbols and an inscription that may lead to new insights regarding
how the early followers of Jesus thought about the resurrection. How will the world react to these new
discoveries and what implication will it have on the world’s acceptance of the Talpiot Tomb as the burial location
of the biblical Jesus?
Welcome. This site is being brought to you by JTERP (Jesus Tomb Education and Research Project). The
mission of JTERP is to help answer this question: Is the Talpiot tomb the family tomb of the biblical Jesus?
This mission of JTERP will be pursued in two ways. First, using this site, JTERP will present materials for the
purpose of educating the general public as to what is known and being debated regarding this question.
Second, JTERP will provide support to research and analysis efforts that attempt to expand the knowledge base
related to this question. As these efforts yield new information it will be reviewed on this site.
The site is dedicated to using a balanced approach to probing the proposition that the “Talpiot Tomb” is the
family tomb of the biblical Jesus. Please note that the proposition will be approached from two related points-of-
view; 1) is the Talpiot tomb the actual tomb of the biblical Jesus or 2) even if it is not, could it still be the burial
site of important members of his family.
This site is designed for non-specialists who desire to achieve a better understanding of this proposition by
studying the results of work from experts in disciplines such as Archaeology, History and Epigraphy. The
project will not take any direct positions of matters of religious faith or theology. Likewise, the project will not
appeal to religious or theological explanations for historical events or phenomena. This is not to say that visitors
who hold religious beliefs that relate to this subject are unwelcome. Hopefully a wide diversity of people will
enter into the dialogue regarding this proposition. For a more detailed discussion of this point click here.
Is the Talpiot Tomb the family tomb of the biblical Jesus? Some visitors will be aware that this question has been
the subject of a heated and polarizing debate, both for and against this proposition. JTERP will not take either
of these opposing polar views. Rather, it is the editorial position of JTERP that there is now enough evidence to
say that the Talpiot Tomb could be the family tomb of the biblical Jesus, but it is not a certainty. There are still
many open questions that relate to the Talpiot Tomb that will help us more completely answer the central
question, as well as many other questions that stem from the central question.
Rather than generate a substantial quantity of new material relating to the proposition, this site will attempt to
guide the visitor through an organized body of resource material from recognized experts on the subject. If you
are new to this subject the editor has prepared a brief Background Guide to help get you started (click here).
This guide is supplemented with an annotated bibliography found in the Bibliography section. (click here).
The scope of this site will not reach every possible relevant and useful work. Rather it will be the objective of the
site to organize a cross-section of material of sufficient scope for the visitor to understand the general
background and the major lines of argument both for and against the proposition. Therefore, visitors will be
directed toward material that is often readily available and readable by the public.
Additional information will be organized for your review along nine “Lines of Argument”(click here). Each of
these lines of argument has the property that if the argument were to be satisfactorily resolved it could lead
directly to a conclusion regarding the proposition. For example, the line or argument – “Misunderstood Names?”
– reviews the debate as to whether the name “Jesus son of Joseph” actually appears on a bone box found in the
tomb. Some argue that this is a correct reading, while others argue that is has been misread and that we must
conclude that there is no Jesus in the tomb. You decide!
If you would like to participate in a general ongoing discussion of all things related to the Talpiot Tomb you may
interested in joining the "Talpiot Tomb" Facebook group. For information on this group click here.
If you also want to connect with a group that desires a more in-depth association with the project to advance the
study of the Talpiot Tomb or if you want to make a donation to support this work you may be interested in visiting
the "Friends of the Talpiot Tomb" website at www.talpiottomb.org.
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