Friday, March 02, 2007

Iconography of the Facade of the "Jesus Tomb"

Even before the airing of the Discovery Channel's program "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," the controversy tantamount to that spawned by The Da Vinci Code seems to be brewing. Here is the show's web site with the basic facts:

Here is a more comprehensive site:

What initially stopped me in my tracks was a photo of the facade of the tomb that supposedly contains the family of Jesus. This icon over one meter wide is sculpted into the rock on the south face of the antechamber. It is apparently unique among the tombs of Jerusalem.

First off, the entrance is not simply a rectangle but a Tau shape. For significance of this, see my article.

What really arrested me, however, was the upwardly pointing triangle (chevron) over a circle. Look familiar? A circle within a pyramid? Is this the Masonic "All-Seeing Eye of Providence"?

Did the Knights Templar visit the grave of Jesus in the 12th century AD and record this iconography, later to be passed on through the traditions of Freemasonry? Speculation, perhaps, but intriguing nonetheless.

Listen to what Simcha Jacobovici, Director/Producer/Writer of the film, has to say about it.

Jocobovici also discusses a painting by one of Leonardo's apprentices, Jacopo da Pontormo (1494-1557). It is called "Supper at Emmaus."

The Talpiot Tomb as it's called is also known as "The Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries" (bone boxes).

1. Ossuary 80/500: "Mariamene e Mara” – “Mariamne, also called Master”
2. Ossuary 80/501: "Yehuda bar Yeshua” – “Judah, son of Jesus”
3. Ossuary 80/502: "Matia” – “Matthew”
4. Ossuary 80/503 "Yeshua bar Yosef” – “Jesus, Son of Joseph”
5. Ossuary 80/504: "Yose” or “Yosa” – a nickname for “Joseph”
6. Ossuary 80/505: "Maria"– a Latinized version of the Hebrew “Miriam.”
7., 8., & 9. Ossuaries 80/506-508 were plain, with no inscriptions.
10. Ossuary 80/509 disappeared before it could be checked for inscriptions and decorations. (The program supposedly provides evidence from what is called "patina figerprints" that this could possibly be the heretofore discredited Ossuary of James, brother of Jesus.

Beside the bombshell approaching DC (viz. Brown's, not Washington) proportions that we have the bone box of not only Jesus but also his son, the name "Mariamene e Mara" has been identified by scholars as Mary Magdalene. The Gnostic "Gospel of Mary" has surely elevated her status in recent times

There is a lot more of this complex story to come, I'm sure. I will conclude for now, however, with an icon that in pre-Christian times represented the goddess traditions of the world: Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Venus, Tanith, Aphrodite.

(Thanks to Steve Bartholomew:

Was Mary "the Master," spouse of Jesus, also a reincarnation of Inanna?

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Blogger Chris Rosebrough said...

I've written a comprehensive rebuttal of the films claims. Please read it and decide for yourself whether or not the film claims are solid or a hoax.

You will find it at

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Blogger Gary A. David's Blog said...

I won't argue with someone who holds an "extremist" point of view. That's like trying to argue with a bomb.

Gary David

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the symbol looks like a Ge'ez lamed (L). Maybe it means "Lamed Vavnic".

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Blogger logisticmosquito said...

A little something from the book of Skeeter, for those who think Jesus had a look-a-like to replace him after he died on the cross.

Without a doubt it was reported that he had many around him who loved him. If they were to see to it that he was buried in peace, I imagine two things happening.

a) It was not his body, wrapped in cloth or swaddling, that went to the tomb he went missing from.

b) If he was prepared for burial in a religious manner, by those who loved him; one of his ribs will be missing. As horrifying as it may sound, but; The roman soldier already did leave an appropriate entry point, for religious preparation in burial!

The priests did not believe that Jesus was the Isaiah Messiah, but I bet through the working of their golden calf, one of them was behind this tomb that has been found. Even if it was done to draw attention away from where the body of Jesus really might have gone after death.

Because the arc of the covenant was often covered with a blue cloth, and revelations is about an uncovering; I think the blue eyed savior had English blood in his veins. No note was ever made on what color Joseph of Arimthea eyes were.
Why would any traveler through the region believe a gentile had the bodies of these people, for them to see at a price?

So did the bones found in a box, of this supposed Jesus have an odd or even number of ribs in it? If he was just a man trying to make a difference with the help of god, I would expect they found an odd number of ribs to believe it.

If the man did have a wife; I can not see it being any other then 'she touched his garments'. He raised the dead just moments later; So what kind of power did this woman drain from him?

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Blogger Slender Sail said...

Yes, there are indications that they're the same people as Tammuz and Ishtar (aka Adam and Eve). The Eye in the triangle is their teaching of the Stargate or Wormhole (at the center of all ancient religions, and the answer to all the Crises in history). His "shining garments" are the Lightbody into which he transforms (and gives a preview at the Transfiguration).

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