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Simcha Jacobovici, co-author of The Jesus Family Tomb,is a three time Emmy-winning Israeli-Canadian documentary film-maker and a widely published writer and lecturer. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Jacobovici is the host of "The Naked Archaeologist" on the History Channel. He resides in Israel with his wife and five children. Barrie Wilson is a professor of religious studies at York University in Toronto, where he specializes in early Christianity. His book How Jesus Became Christian was longlisted for the Cundill International Prize in History and won the Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Award. Wilson lives in Toronto.
"I very much enjoyed reading the book and find the major thesis of Jesus' marriage to Mary the Magdalene very convincing. I also liked the style - very modern and conversational I thought it well-structured and convincing I have always felt that the emphasis on celibacy and the identification of sex with sin and corruption is extremely annoying. It is very much part of the denigration of women and their place in the natural order of things." -- Madelyn B. Dick, Ph.D., Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar, History, York University, Toronto "Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson have produced a rather impressive collaborative work [that] advances the hypothesis that the text belongs to a form of Gnostic Christianity in which a married Jesus with children was a core tradition that might well trace back to the historical Jesus. The public will find it fascinating, clerics will denounce it, and some academics will likely dismiss it as sensational--but it is well worth a careful read." -- James D. Tabor, Professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, University of North Carolina at Charlotte "The Lost Gospel is a tour-de-force, carefully documented...an important contribution to the on-going dialogue about Christian origins." -- Margaret Starbird, author of THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER JAR "Absolutely fascinating. Many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime." -- NBC's TODAY " Praise forThe Jesus Family Tomb and How Jesus Became Christian: A slick and suspenseful narrative. Jacobovici is a maverick, a self-made Indiana Jones. " -- Newsweek "The Lost Gospel [is] a tour-de-force, carefully documented. An important contribution to the on-going dialogue about Christian origins." -- Margaret Starbird, author of 'The Woman with the Alabaster Jar' "This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism." -- John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire "Wilson's How Jesus Became Christian represents a much-needed sea change in our understanding of how one moves from the historical Jesus to the religion called Christianity. It is beyond doubt one of the most significant works on early Christianity to appear in decades. It is bound to stir controversy." -- James D. Tabor, author of The Jesus Dynasty