Archaeologists and clergymen in Jerusalem are criticizing claims made in a new documentary produced by James Cameron.
The claims contradict major Christian tenets. According to a Discovery Channel news release, "The Lost Tomb of Christ" argues that ten small caskets that were used to store bones, discovered in a suburb of Jerusalem in 1980, may have contained the bones of Jesus and his family. The documentary is set to air next week. A biblical scholar who was interviewed in the documentary, says the film's hypothesis holds little weight, but Cameron tells N-B-C's "Today" show that the evidence is based on sound statistics.
Christians believe Jesus' body spent three days at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City. The burial site identified in Cameron's documentary is nowhere near the church.