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Biblical Archaeologists Square Off in Libel Suit

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—Canadian biblical archaeologist and documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, whose work on the so-called "Jesus Family Tomb" Archaeology covered last year, is embroiled in a lawsuit with another biblical archaeologist, Joe Zias. Jacobovici is suing Zias for libel, claiming his critic, according to an email Jacobovici sent TIME magazine, “has accused me repeatedly — verbally and in writing — of ‘forging archaeology’ … a criminal activity, and no free society allows you to accuse people of such activities, unless you can prove that what you are saying is correct.”