James, Brother of Jesus

51 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: Discovery Channel Canada, Discovery Channel US • Production year: 2003

It is arguably the most important archaeological discovery ever made – an ossuary, or “bone box”, with an inscription on it’s side that reads: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. If authentic, it is the first time that Jesus’ name appears on a 2,000 year-old artifact literally carved in stone. But is it authentic?

“James, Brother of Jesus” tracks three stories: Is the inscription forged? Where was it found and how did it surface? Who was James, and how did he come to be called “brother of the Lord”?

The Washington Post hails the film as “A riveting contemplation, “The Miami Herald calls it “A scientific detective story,” and The Sunday Times of London simply states, “Critic’s choice!”

Written and Directed by: Simcha Jacobovici
Producers: Simcha Jacobovici and Felix Golubev
Executive Producer: Robert Topol

Award highlights:

  • Intermedia-globe Silver Award, WorldMedia Festival, 2004