After being stung by criticism (and the cancellation of a lucrative TV deal), one expert sues another for libel. What would Jesus say?
Canadian documentary-maker and biblical archaeologist Simcha Jacobovici is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum curator named Joe Zias, who has accused him of publicizing scientifically dubious theories.
Many of Jacobovici’s documentaries have focused on artifacts that purport to reveal new interpretations of early Christianity, including the notion that the remains of Jesus and his family were buried in a tomb underneath modern-day Jerusalem. Jacobovici claims that the Zias’ criticisms are libelous and have cost him television contracts and money.