New documentary explores claims Jesus had a brother named James

Did Jesus have a brother named James?

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It is the extraordinary question being asked in the new Science Channel documentary, Biblical Conspiracies: The James Revelation.

The documentary also looks at the questions raised about the coffin that is said to contain the remains of the brother of Jesus.

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GERMANY 1899: Copy of typical catholic image of heart of Jesus Christ from Slovakia printed on 19. April 1899 in Germany. (Photo via Getty)
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Stained Glass Depicting Jesus Christ (Photo via Getty)
ITALY - FEBRUARY 02: Christ and Doubting Thomas, by Paolo Cavazzola (1486-1522). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Verona, Castelvecchio (Art Museum). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2010: Unknown Lombard artist (17th century), Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1600-1650, oil on canvas glued to board, 40x32 cm. (Inv. 896). Copyright Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. (Photo By DEA / P. MANUSARDI / VENERANDA BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA/De Agostini/Getty Images)
FRANCE - FEBRUARY 01: Christ the judge, detail from the Last Judgement, 1585, by Jean Cousin the Younger (ca 1522-1594), oil on canvas, 142x145 cm. From the Ursuline Convent in Vincennes, France. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Paris, Musée Du Louvre. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
ITALY - DECEMBER 13: Risen Christ between Saints Peter and Paul, 16th century, artist from the Lombard school, oil on canvas, 138x120 cm. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Pavia, Musei Civici Del Castello Visconteo, Pinacoteca Malaspina (Art Gallery). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2010: Workshop of Guido Reni (1575-1642), Christ Crucified, 1640-1645, oil on canvas, 286x186 cm. (Inv. 1184). Copyright Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. (Photo By DEA / VENERANDA BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA/De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 24: Christ tempted by Satan, by Mattia Preti (1613-1699), oil on canvas, 105x133 cm. Rome, Galleria Spada (Art Gallery) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
ROMANIA - DECEMBER 09: Christ on the Cross, detail from the altarpiece of Prejmer Fortified Church (13th century), Romania. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
MEXICO - JULY 11: The savior of the world. Mexico,18th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Querétaro, Museo De Arte De Querétaro (Art Museum). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 2002: The Virgin and Christ, detail from The Pieta, 1474, by Jean Fouquet (ca 1415 - ca 1481), tempera on wood, 146x237 cm. St Martin's Church, Nouans-les-Fontaines, France. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); . (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
PERU - CIRCA 2003: Christ on the cross, the Virgin and St John, 18th century painting on wood, School of Cuzco, Peru. Cuzco, Museo Del Convento De Santa Catalina (Art Museum) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
GERMANY - CIRCA 2002: The lamentation of Christ, 1480-1490, Master of the Housebook (active ca 1470-1500), oil on panel, 131x171 cm. Detail. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images); Dresda, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Gallery, Picture Gallery). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
ITALY - CIRCA 2002: Parma, Galleria Nazionale (Art Gallery), Palazzo Della Pilotta Lamentation over the Dead Christ, ca 1524, by Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio (1489-ca 1534), oil on canvas, 157x182 cm. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - APRIL 07: The face of Christ or the suffering Christ, 1515-1525, painting by Joan Gasco (active at the beginning of 16th century) from Vic Cathedral. Catalan Gothic art. Vic, Museu Episcopal (Art Museum) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
People followers of the Greek Orthodox Church kiss the feet of an image of Jesus crucified during the ceremony marking the Apokathelosis, the removal of Christ's dead body from the Cross, which forms a key part of Orthodox Easter, in a ceremony at the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in Penteli, north Athens on May 3 , 2013. Millions of Greeks flock to churches around the country this week to celebrate Easter, the country's foremost religious celebration. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The statue of Jesus, measuring 9.5 meters and tall 7.5 meters wide, and weighting 23 tons, overlooks the valley of Slovakia's Upper Orava region near the Slovak-Polish border in the village of Klin on November 25, 2010. The statue, strongly reminiscent of Rio De Janeiro's Jesus statue, was built on Gura hill in 2008 by local carpenter Peter Ganobjak and initiated by businesman Jozef Sroka. In 2009 smaller statue of late Pope John Paul II was built and placed on the same site. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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The discovery of the coffin first made headlines in 2002. It's called an ossuary and the inscription reads: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."

Many historians believe the artifact is a fake. The ossuary is owned by antiquities collector Oded Golan, who was arrested but later acquitted of forging the inscription.

"There are scholars who doubt that the ossuary and the inscription — "James, Son of Joseph, Brother of James" — is authentic," Professor James Tabor, a professor of Christian origins and ancient Judaism at UNC Charlotte, told Inside Edition. "Some people still think it is a forgery and it is just being hyped to make money. As far as I know, Golan has not made money from it."

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A worker welds scaffoldings at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on May 29, 2016, ahead of restoration of the Tomb of Jesus. The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection, is to undergo major restoration. The restoration entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police officers come out of the Tomb of Jesus as they pass under a metal scaffolding placed at the entrance on May 29, 2016, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of restoration. The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection, is to undergo major restoration. The restoration entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker welds scaffoldings at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on May 29, 2016, ahead of restoration of the Tomb of Jesus. The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection, is to undergo major restoration. The restoration entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker welds scaffoldings at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on May 29, 2016, ahead of restoration of the Tomb of Jesus. The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection, is to undergo major restoration. The restoration entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists line up to enter the Tomb of Jesus as they stand under a metal scaffolding placed at the entrance on May 29, 2016, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of restoration. The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection, is to undergo major restoration. The restoration entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists line up to enter the Tomb of Jesus as they stand under a metal scaffolding placed at the entrance on May 29, 2016, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of restoration. The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection, is to undergo major restoration. The restoration entrusted to a Greek team, is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the site will remain open to visitors in the meantime. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Then there's the controversial question of whether Jesus even had a brother.

"Some say it is a cousin, some say it is a stepbrother, some say it is an actual brother that Mary had other children – so, that makes it controversial," Professor Tabor said. "It would be, if it is authentic, the only physical relic that we have from the time mentioning Jesus. I think it can be called the biggest archeological dig of the century simply because it says 'Jesus.'"

Biblical Conspiracies: The James Revelation airs Saturday, April 15 on The Science Channel.

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