Because an earthly tomb for Jesus of Nazareth does not jive with some people’s theology and/or expectations, the world has ignored the Talpiot tomb. According to many, it must have belonged to some other Jesus, some other Mary and some other Jose. Everyone also ignores the fact that just a few meters from the Talpiot tomb, in an adjacent tomb, archaeologists discovered the earliest signs of Christianity: a cross, the “Sign of Jonah” and an inscription attesting to faith in resurrection.
Today, it was announced that just down the ridge from the Talpiot tomb, the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a 1st century mikveh (a ritual bath) with strange, magical symbols: http://jamestabor.com/2015/08/05/1st-century-mikveh-with-mystical-inscriptions-discovered-in-jerusalem/. Experts have called the symbols “rare”, “unique” and even “most intriguing”. What they have not been called is what they really are: “early Christian”. The symbols include a boat and a tree (symbols of the early Christians). Clearly, the Talpiot area was a centre for Jesus’ earliest followers, congregating around his earthly grave. But, again, this doesn’t accord with people’s prejudices, so no one wants to draw any conclusions. No one wants to refer to these symbols as what they are – further proof that the area has unique burials and a unique ritual bath, congregating around the so-called “Talpiot tomb”. All this is additional proof that the Talpiot tomb belongs to none other than Jesus of Nazareth and his family.
Click here to watch a video on the finding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEKBUDcFYhI