Crypt holds remains of Jesus and family
A crypt in Jerusalem contains the bones of Jesus, according to a documentary by the Discovery Channel, reports the New York Times. It also claims that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and they had a son named Judah. The remains were found in two limestone boxes and were unveiled at the New York Public Library by the documentary's producer, James Cameron. There is a lot of skepticism by several archaeologists, Christian leaders and New Testament scholars. Many also feel that this discovery is being unveiled to jump on the "Da Vinci Code" band wagon.
The reporter quoted many people, including Cameron, a professor of archaeology of Israel at Harvard and an archaeologist who worked on the discovery. This kept the story from leaning toward one view over another. Especially when religion is involved, the story could have been very opinionated.
The Mercury News also reported on this discovery. This newspaper reports that the documentary comes out on Sunday. This newspaper has a better quote from one side. "Biblical experts and archaeologists who are familiar with the central evidence instantly discounted the claim, which Discovery Channel has touted as possibly "the greatest archaeological find in history," as an ill-informed, recycled publicity grab. " The quote has strong language that reflect how that side feels. The reporter also quotes Cameron "It doesn't get bigger than this," Cameron said before the basic findings were presented Monday at a New York news conference. "We've done our homework; we've made the case, and now it's time for the debate to begin."
I think the Mercury News did a better job at reporting this story because the reporter had better quotes. The quotes used in the Mercury News had stronger language and really revealed how the sides felt. The main focus of the story was on the tension between the two sides, not the discovery itself. This makes for a better story because drama is always more interesting than the hard facts.