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The Lost Tomb of Jesus -- Director James Cameron is known for his larger-than-life personality, and in this program he lives up to his reputation by claiming to have made the biggest discovery of the all: the location of the tomb of Jesus Christ. Cameron uses forensic testing and archaeological evidence to back up his ideas, with a particular focus on the excavation of a tomb by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in 1980. The documentary also includes re-creations and expert analysis and commentary.
The Lost Tomb of Jesus -- The Lost Tomb of Jesus is a documentary which makes a case that the 2,000-year-old "Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries" belonged to the family of Jesus of Nazareth.


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  (in credits order)

Mark Caven ... Narrator (UK) (voice)
Ouriel Maoz ... Himself
Rivka Maoz ... Herself
Shimon Gibson ... Himself (as Dr. Shimon Gibson)
Tal Ilan ... Herself
James D. Tabor ... Himself (as James Tabor)
Simcha Jacobovici ... Himself
Felix Golubev ... Himself
Frank Moore Cross ... Himself
John Dominic Crossan ... Himself
Na'ama Brosh ... Herself
Amos Kloner ... Himself
David Mevorah ... Himself
Andrey Feuerverger ... Himself
Bill Tarant ... Himself
Tom Powers ... Himself
François Bovon ... Himself
Jérôme Murphy-O'Connor ... Himself
Charles Pellegrino ... Himself
Stephen Pfann ... Himself
Steven J. Cox ... Himself
Carney Matheson ... Himself
Efraym Shochat ... Himself
Oded Golan ... Himself
Robert E. Genna ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Saleh Bakri ... Jesus of Nazareth
Hadar Ratzon Rotem ... Mary Magdalane (as Hadar Ratzon)

Directed by
Simcha Jacobovici 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Graeme Ball 
Simcha Jacobovici 

Produced by
Ric Esther Bienstock .... producer
James Cameron .... executive producer
Felix Golubev .... producer
Simcha Jacobovici .... producer
Cinematography by
J.P. Locherer (director of photography)
John Petrella 
Film Editing by
Graeme Ball 
Casting by
Bruria Albeck 
Production Management
Noam Kuzar .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Markham Cook .... second unit director
Robyn Glaser .... second assistant director
Art Department
Avishay Avivi .... production designer: recreations
Sound Department
Susan Fairbairn .... sound effects editor
Ric Jurgens .... sound re-recording mixer
Mishann Lau .... dialogue editor
Martin Lee .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Andrew Emslie .... visual effects artist
Alex Olegnowicz .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Aviezer Dasberg .... gaffer
Eli Turgeman .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Pietro Gallo .... on-line editor
Alex Olegnowicz .... post-production
Music Department
Brian Nevin .... music score mixer
Other crew
Liron Blumenkranz .... production coordinator

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Finland:102 min
Australia:PG | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating)


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13 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Documentary with Merit but Needs More Scholarship, 7 March 2007
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

As pointed out by the academicians in the ensuing discussion hosted by Ted Koppel, a heavy hitter when it comes to journalism, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" is in desperate need of more scholarship. That said, I found it a compelling and interesting documentary, slightly better than the Discovery Channel's average delving into historical and archaeological topics. I do also disagree with one of the guest academicians who said that the documentary was "archaeological porn", almost hinting that since he was not involved in the project that it had no merit. The documentary I think certainly has merit. They did use a Harvard professor to translate inscriptions on the ossuaries and a statistician from the University of Toronto to speculate on the likelihood of the tomb being that of the family of Jesus of Nazareth.

The documentary's obvious weakness is in its lack of scholarly commentary. The few academicians used in the documentary were not involved in any kind of analysis of the archaeological finds. They were primarily used more for the expertise in their respective fields. So the question is what scholarly commentary was lacking? A good comparison is the Frontline documentary "From Jesus to Christ". In "Jesus to Christ" about ten scholars representing renowned research institutions from around the country were used to tell the story of what is regarded as factual about the life of Jesus and his early followers. In "Tomb" the filmmakers were essentially their own commentators. Another difference between the two documentaries was the amount of time devoted to scholarship. "Jesus to Christ" was a 4-hour documentary in 3 parts with 60% or more of its screen time devoted to scholarly commentary. "Tomb" was probably closer to 1 1/2 hours when consideration is given to commercial breaks with very little scholarly analysis. A lot of "Tomb"'s time was devoted to re-enactment scenes and scenes devoted to the logistics of getting under a 25-year-old apartment complex. These two elements I found less interesting.

The film almost begs for a sequel. Scholars and other academicians who understand the implications of archaeological finds need to analyze and critique the artifacts of the documentary. Not all scholars will ever agree about the implications. The filmmakers last point in the ensuing discussion was probably the most important: that he hoped that the film would lead to more discussion and scholarship.

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