Several scholars who appeared in James Cameron's documentary about the purported tomb of Jesus have backtracked on their claims, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

Cameron's controversial film "The Lost Tomb of Christ" asserted that a burial plot in the southeastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiot was that of Jesus Christ.

But several prominent scholars have backpedaled on those claims in a paper compiled by Stephen Pfann of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, the Post reports.

The scholars include University of Toronto statistician Professor Andrey Feuerverger, who said in the film the odds were 600:1 in favor of the burial site being that of Jesus of Nazareth.

In the paper, "Cracks in the Foundation: How the Lost Tomb of Jesus story is losing its scholarly support," Feuerverger contends that his statistics referred to the probabilty of a cluster of such names appearing together, not that the tomb was that of Jesus, the Post reports.

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