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[04/05/17 - 07:11 AM]
"Biblical Conspiracies: Jesus Family Tomb?" Premieres April 15 on Science Channel
Dr. Aryeh Shimron, a Canadian-Israeli geo-archaeologist, explores a possible link between the James Ossuary and the controversial "Jesus Family Tomb", discovered in 1980 in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb.

[via press release from Science Channel]

SPECIAL EPISODE OF SCIENCE CHANNEL SERIES BIBLICAL CONSPIRACIES INVESTIGATES CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING JAMES OSSUARY, WHICH SOME BELIEVE PROVES EXISTENCE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

Biblical Conspiracies: Jesus Family Tomb? Premieres Saturday, April 15 at 10 PM

(New York) - It is one of the most controversial ancient artifacts ever found and the center of a decade long controversy. The James Ossuary, a burial bone box that dates to the 1st century, has on it, an inscription that states, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." It has been considered by some to be fake, by others to be the first piece of hard archaeological evidence of the physical existence of Jesus of Nazareth. Biblical historian Simcha Jacobovici helps unpack the mystery surrounding this potentially explosive find in BIBLICAL CONSPIRACIES: JESUS FAMILY TOMB?, premiering Easter weekend, Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.

BIBLICAL CONSPIRACIES uses science in an attempt to determine the ossuary's validity. Dr. Aryeh Shimron, a Canadian-Israeli geo-archaeologist, explores a possible link between the James Ossuary and the controversial "Jesus Family Tomb", discovered in 1980 in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb. By examining the chemical makeup of the ossuaries in the supposed family tomb, and the James Ossuary, Shimron, in his estimation, determines that they were indeed part of the same tomb.

While there is no question that the box itself is an ancient relic, there are still major questions surrounding the authenticity of the words written on it. When the ossuary first surfaced in 2002, it sent shockwaves around the world. But the Israel Antiquities Authority declared the second part of the inscription a fake, and its owner, a private antiquities collector, was brought up on forgery charges. After a lengthy battle in a Jerusalem court, the owner was acquitted after it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the inscription was fake.

BIBLICAL CONSPIRACIES: JESUS FAMILY TOMB? is produced by Associated Producers for Science Channel. Simcha Jacobovici is the executive producer for Associated Producers. Neil Laird is executive producer for Science Channel.

About Science Channel

Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and HOW IT'S MADE. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 72 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at www.sciencechannel.com; and conversations on Science Channel's popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.

About Discovery Communications:

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching more than 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery's portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital-first programming from digital content holding company Group Nine Media, Discovery VR, over-the-top offerings Eurosport Player and Dplay, as well as TV Everywhere products comprising the GO portfolio of TVE apps and Discovery K!ds Play. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.





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