Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Site of Jesus' First Miracle found?

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Site of Jesus' First Miracle found?

Israeli Archaeologists Believe They Have Found Site of Jesus' First Miracle - from

Apparently archaeologist Yardena Alexander, digging around in Israel found some jars that were about the size of the jars that were filled with water, but then changed to wine by Jesus at a Jewish wedding.

A couple of problems with this story that aren't apparent in the headline:

"All indications from the archaeological excavations suggest that the site of the wedding was (modern-day) Cana, the site that we have been investigating," said Alexander, as she cleaned the site of mud from winter rains.

However, further north yet another archaeologist Shimon Gibson, cast doubt on the find at modern Cana, saying "such vessels are not rare and it would be impossible to link a particular set of vessels to the miracle."

"Just the existence of stone vessels is not enough to prove that this is a biblical site," and more excavations are needed, he said.

In any case, I don't think such non-descript jars can be completely linked to Jesus. What basis is there to link clay to a party 2000 years ago? Are there wine stains on the pots? Are there Jesus fingerprints on the jars?

Just where do these archaeologists get off with this stuff. I have a lot of respect for archaeology, I used to want to be an archaeologist myself. However, searching for evidence of a story using a guidebook which was authored centuries after the story actually happened, by people who had only heard the details "through the grapevine" is hardly good practice for any scientific discovery.

Much less one making such claims as Dr. Alexander.

It is time historians seek other means of documenting wether or not the New Testament is actually real.

Of course there is much more evidence against the New Testament than for it.

However, that is what religion is. Faith Based. Not fact based.

Fact based is a term that applies to science. Which ironically enough, still encompasses studies such as archaeology.

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