When I wrote my post about James Cameron and Discovery Channels PR coup in the Jesus’ Tomb documentary, I suggested it was a controversy and not a crisis because both sides (producers and Christian believers) would come out winners in this. A crisis is typically defined as involving risk. (Risk and opportunity if you follow the Chinese character for crisis.) However, there are some at risk and I was going to point it out at the time and neglected to do so. Those at risk are the scholars who participated or were included in the presentation of the evidence. If they have legitimate scientific reputations at stake, their careers could very much hinge on how this documentary is received. The first indication of that is now out. In this story from the Scientific American website shows how one of those scholars is reacting to her involvement in the documentary. There is no question her reputation, as well as James Tabor and other key players involved in this is very much at stake. So, for crisisblogger, the interest is now in how these people attempt to protect themselves when there is strong feelings all the way around.
This “breaking news” post from Biblical Archaeology Society will provide more information on the evidence for those interested.