>The Lost Tomb is “pop archaeology
Archaeologists and clergymen in the Holy Land are denying that the claims in the documentary produced by James Cameron contradict major Christian beliefs. “The conclusion by the filmmakers that the bone boxes showed Jesus had a wife and son is ‘pop’ archaeology.”
The Lost Tomb: Made-for-TV Religious Scholarship
Dr. McCane, a Professor of Religion at Wofford College, wrote:
This is not scholarship; it’s marketing. These programs go for the quick buck. In their world, the boring old-school scholarly disciplines of research, writing and peer review are replaced by Web sites, publicity campaigns and book tours. If responsible scholars criticize these programs, pointing out glaring errors of fact and logic, market-savvy promoters are ready with smooth talk about “hearing both sides” or “staying open-minded.” They ask, “what are the scholars afraid of?” or they say (as they did Monday), “this is just the beginning.” Real scholarly knowledge about the Bible and archaeology takes a back seat. Everything is crafted to generate interest, to create viewers, to make sales.
The Lost Tomb: Belief Exploited in Faux Documentary
The hype surrounding this latest show, and the lack once again of accepted publication and peer review protocols, only heightens the sense that the new documentary is more Erich Von Daniken than Ken Burns.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary