No, no, you DIDN’T find the Holy Grail

I was interviewed as part of a story this morning on Good Morning America (Twitter) about recent sensational claims about the “discovery” of the Holy Grail in Spain. Yes…that Holy Grail.

ABC’s Paula Faris highlighted the claim made by two Spanish historians. Video is here.

Two historians, Margarita Torres and Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, authors of the book, “Kings of the Grail,” claim a jewel-encrusted goblet, which has been inside the San Isidoro Basilica, in Leon, Spain, for the last 1,000 years, is the Holy Grail. And just in time for Easter (and I’m guessing a planned renovation of the church in which the cup was ‘discovered’).

Because Jesus was all about golden, jewel encrusted bling. Right?

Of course, claiming to find the Holy Grail is as silly as other pseudoarchaeological claims, like purporting to find the nails of the cross, pieces of the true cross, the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s Ark, the route of the Exodus, Atlantis, and Jesus’ family tomb. These are fools errands and the realm of the sensationalized absurd.

I’ll be appearing tonight on a segment with Megan Alexander (Twitter | Web ) for Inside Edition (Twitter) on this supposed discovery of the Holy Grail. The segment should air tonight. Thanx Megan and Tyler for the smooth setup and interview!

[UPDATE: Here is Megan Alexander’s interview with me on the “discovery” of the supposed Holy Grail. And, Inside Edition was good enough to post a 3 min. extended clip from our interview on their website. Thanx to Megan!]

And if you’re interested in doing REAL archaeology, join us at Tel Azekah, where you can dig (and smash) to your heart’s content.




4 Responses

  1. There is *maybe* a potentially interesting (i.e. “non-bonkers”) discussion here about whether the researchers have found documentary evidence linking the chalice to an object that was venerated in Jerusalem in the early medieval period, but I think (more here) even that’s highly speculative. Why would such a provenance have been simply forgotten?

  2. To give credit where credit is due, it looks like a plain cup has been set into a gold and jeweled cuplike holder. That would make more sense assuming that it is real. It certainly is, as Mr. Bartholomew says, an interesting medieval relics tale and those give us a peek into the minds of the people who helped fashion Christian thinking. Sadly, for there to be a real Holy Grail, there would have had to be a real Jesus (as presented in the NT). Of course, that is precisely why there are fragments of the true cross available for sale in Jerusalem to this day…

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