A team of experts in biblical archeology and research who have spent years producing 90 major network television documentaries on discoveries related to biblical accounts and antiquities have stepped forward to challenge claims that a new Hollywood documentary demonstrates that the Jesus Christ of the Bible married a woman mentioned in New Testament accounts, that the two had a child, and that the family’s remains were found in a burial cave site in Israel.
There is simply nothing new in the baseless claims made in the new movie “The Lost Tomb of Christ,” said David W. Balsiger, Senior Producer at Grizzly Adams Productions, who with a team of 28 veteran scientists, archeologists, and scholars recently produced a pair of scientifically and biblically-based documentaries on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For years we’ve been addressing the unscientific claims and sloppy scholarship of movies, books, and other projects just like this latest pop-science TV special, said Balsiger. They’re always highly sensational, make bold claims that play to public hunger for excitementand when you dig deep into what they’re claiming, their case against the Jesus of the Bible is always full of holes.
Balsiger noted that while there has been plenty of media attention over the upcoming television program, produced by Titanic director James Cameron, no noted archeologists have stepped forward to support the project. Its strange that a television producer makes a sensational announcement about the supposed discovery of Christs burial site in Israel, yet no one from the Israeli Antiquities Authority corroborates the claim and no Israeli archeologists step forward in support, said Balsiger. In fact, many bonafide archaeologists, researchers, and Bible scholars have stepped forward to debunk the claims by these filmmakers.
In addition to those experts are Balsiger, who has coauthored a book with Charles E. Sellier, The Case for Christs Resurrection (Bridge-Logos). Filmmakers Balsiger and Sellier, have recently produced two programs about the Christ of the Bible, both scheduled for broadcast during the upcoming Easter season. The Fabric of Time: Secrets of the Universe, scheduled for broadcast on the iNetwork, is a scientific analysis on the world famous Shroud of Turin. The Case for Christs Resurrection, scheduled for broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, also looks at the death and resurrection of Christ, but from a more traditional biblical evidences point of view.
The Fabric of Time program proves scientifically with highly respected scientists and scholars that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a scientific fact, said Balsiger. Consequently, there can be no bones nor anything else of substance pertaining to the so-called body of Jesus Christ in a Jerusalem cave tomb.
Both of these documentaries are well-researched, thought-provoking, and very compelling to viewers, explained Balsiger. And most importantly, neither stoop to the sensational these are quality programs that will stand up to critical, scientific, and scholarly examination by any peer review group.