Hanson talked about the prophecies in the Book of Revelation, noting that it was written in Greek, yet he believes that it was a translation from an earlier Hebrew or Aramaic text from the 1st century. The early believers in Jesus thought they were living in 'End Times' as they were facing down the Roman Empire, and Revelation directly spoke to them, he commented. In the year 66 AD, Jews sought their freedom from Rome and revolted, and many of the calamities described in Revelation relate to the Roman's brutal attack on Israel, which was also described by the historian Josephus.
While the Vatican has said that a recent discovery of a 4th century papyrus that refers to Jesus' wife is a forgery, Hanson noted that Carbon 14 dating and other testing has yet to be done on the fragment, and it's possible that it is authentic. The genuineness of the James Ossuary, an ancient burial box, with an Aramaic inscription, translated as "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," is still being debated some 10 years after the discovery was announced, he added. For more, check out Hanson's video Jesus' Lost Heirs, a companion to his book, Blood Kin of Jesus.