imageYep, this is going to be controversial. But then what can you expect from James D. Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici. The following is from an excerpt published in The Huffington Post from their new book:

On the morning of Tuesday, June 29, 2010, outside the Old City of Jerusalem, we made an unprecedented archaeological discovery related to Jesus and early Christianity. This discovery adds significantly to our understanding of Jesus, his earliest followers, and the birth of Christianity. In this book we reveal reliable archaeological evidence that is directly connected to Jesus’ first followers, those who knew him personally and to Jesus himself. The discovery provides the earliest archaeological evidence of faith in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, the first witness to a saying of Jesus that predates even the writing of our New Testament gospels, and the earliest example of Christian art, all found in a sealed tomb dated to the 1st century CE.

Fasten your seat belt:

We now have new archaeological evidence, literally written in stone, that can guide us in properly understanding what Jesus’ earliest followers meant by their faith in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, with his earthly remains, and those of his family, peacefully interred just yards away.

Does the shroud trump the interpretations of these guys? I think so.

Hat tip to Joe Marino: ‘Jesus Discovery:’ Jerusalem Archeology Reveals Birth Of Christianity