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  • What were the Rituals Associated with Death and Burial in Jesus’ Day?

    08/21/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Jewish people took the burial of the dead quite seriously; it was the way a community paid its last respects to the one who died. The Scriptures laid down quite firmly that no dead body was to be left unburied—even that of one’s worst enemy. Perhaps one of the stronger horrors that a Jewish person could imagine was stated in Psalm 78: They have thrown the bodies of thy servants as food for the birds of heaven; wild beast feast on the corpses of the just.The dead, therefore, had a right to ceremonial care. As soon as a...
  • Ancient Box Supposedly Containing the Remains of Jesus' Brother Set for Public Display

    01/01/2014 3:47:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 195 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/01/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A 2,000-year-old burial box believed by some to contain the remains of James, the brother of Jesus Christ, is set to go on public display in Israel, after its owner was cleared of forgery. Oded Golan, the Israeli antiquities collector who owns the limestone burial box, insists that "this is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ," according to a report in The Guardian. "There is no doubt that it's ancient, and the probability is that it belonged to the brother of Jesus Christ," he added. Golan was cleared by the Israeli Supreme Court of having forged...
  • 2000-Year-Old Burial Box Could Reveal Location of the Family of Caiaphas

    08/29/2011 11:05:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies
    American Friends Tel Aviv University ^ | August 29, 2011 | Unknown
    Rare, detailed inscription is genuine, says a TAU researcherIn Jerusalem and Judah, ancient limestone burial boxes containing skeletal remains — called ossuaries — are fairly common archaeological finds from the 1st century BCE to the 1st century AD period. Forgers have also added inscriptions or decorations to fraudulently increase their value. So three years ago, when the Israel Antiquities Authority confiscated an ossuary with a rare inscription from antiquities looters, they turned to Prof. Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology to authenticate the fascinating discovery. Prof. Goren, who worked in collaboration with Prof. Boaz Zissu from Bar...
  • '2,000-year-old Jesus box' may not be a fake, as Jerusalem forgery trial nears collapses

    10/29/2008 7:42:25 PM PDT · by BGHater · 66 replies · 2,150+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 Oct 2008 | Daily Mail
    A judge is set to throw out charges against experts accused of faking a stone box that claimed to offer the first physical proof of the existence of Christ - raising the possibility once again that it could be genuine. The discovery of the 2,000-year-old ossuary, or bone box, bearing the words, 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus', was regarded as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries when it emerged nearly a decade ago. Fake or genuine: Men accused of forging an inscription of the 'Jesus Box' could be released The disputed inscription on the 'Jesus Box' But other...
  • Scholar: 'Jesus Tomb' Makers Mistaken (Ossuary's inscription does not say Mary Magdalene)

    03/14/2007 7:50:29 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 2,054+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | March 13, 2007 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    A scholar looking into the factual basis of a popular but widely criticized documentary that claims to have located the tomb of Jesus said Tuesday that a crucial piece of evidence filmmakers used to support their claim is a mistake. Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar and paleographer at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, said he has released a paper claiming the makers of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" were mistaken when they identified an ancient ossuary from the cave as belonging to the New Testament's Mary Magdalene. The film's director, Simcha Jacobovici, responded that other researchers agreed...
  • Don't insult one's religion -- unless it's Christianity

    03/02/2007 6:44:06 PM PST · by lightman · 17 replies · 551+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | John Robson
    John Robson The Ottawa Citizen Friday, March 02, 2007 Well, it's Lent, when Jesus-debunking news stories rise from the dead. This time it's a tomb with the whole family gathered, including his wife and kid. Unless it's just the dusty bones of decency and good sense in those boxes. In a way it's a backhanded tribute that, to the modern mind, Christianity is like a train wreck: gruesome, but they can't look away. Newspapers don't greet major Buddhist festivals with claims that Siddhartha Gautama was a cokehead, or open Ramadan by saying Mohammed was -- (do NOT fill in this...

    02/27/2007 12:40:42 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies · 2,084+ views
    BenWitherington ^ | February 27, 2007 | Ben Witherington
    Talpiot tomb Remember the tale of the Titanic? How it was supposed to be impregnable, and nothing could poke holes in it? How it would never be sunk? Well all I can say is that human hubris knows no bounds, and that hasn’t changed in the last century. On April 15th 1912 the supposedly leak proof Titanic rammed into an iceberg and sank—sank like a giant stone. Sank quickly, with great loss of life. Why do I bring this up? Because in one of the interesting ironies in recent memory, James Cameron the movie director who made the enormously successful...
  • A Second Look at the "Alexander Son of Simon" Ossuary: Did It Hold Father and Son?

    09/30/2006 9:03:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 302+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | September 26, 2006 | Tom Powers
    The ossuary was discovered in 1941 by archaeologists Eliezer L. Sukenik and Nahman Avigad of Jerusalem's Hebrew University and came to light through a systematic survey of tombs in the Kidron Valley, south of Jerusalem's Old City and the Arab village of Silwan. This ossuary and ten others were found as an intact assemblage in a tomb chamber that had survived the centuries untouched by tomb robbers, with its blocking stone still in place. In short, there is absolutely no question about this object's provenance and authenticity... The burial cave was a single, rock-hewn chamber without niches of any sort,...
  • Update—Finds or Fakes?

    07/13/2006 6:16:34 AM PDT · by KyHammer · 11 replies · 480+ views
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | May 16 2006 | unknown
    Update—Finds or Fakes? Forgery Bombshell May 16, 2006 The ossuary inscribed "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" has recently been studied by Professor Wolfgang E. Krumbein, a world-renowned authority. He has reached startling conclusions that will change the debate over this highly controversial artifact. Printed below is a summary of Professor Krumbein's report; click the following links for the full text of the report and the accompanying photographs. As this is being written, Israeli antiquities collector Oded Golan is being tried in criminal court for forging the now-famous James ossuary inscription ("James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus"). A...
  • Jerusalem police raid Temple Mount

    02/27/2004 4:31:01 PM PST · by ambrose · 40 replies · 1,388+ views
    UPI ^ | 2.27.04
    <p>JERUSALEM, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli police in riot gear stormed the square outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, to disperse stone throwers.</p> <p>The operation followed Palestinians stoning Jewish worshippers at Judaism's Western Wall, which is below the mosque, Ha'aretz reported.</p>
  • Not a shard of truth (No proof of John the Baptist.)

    02/03/2003 5:00:10 PM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies · 1,045+ views
    wwwHaaretz ^ | 2-3-3 | By Dalia Shehori
    w w w . h a a r e t z d a i l y . c o m Not a shard of truth Sensational claims have been made about bonesfound in Qumran, but no, this is not John the Baptist,say the heads of the dig. In August 2002, Time Magazine carried a headline that aroused curiosity: "Digging for the Baptist." The reference was to an archaeological dig being carried out for the past two years or so in Qumran, near the shore of the Dead Sea. The dig is headed by Prof. Hanan Eshel, head of the...
  • No historical evidence of Jesus

    05/17/2004 11:54:58 PM PDT · by ambrose · 112 replies · 768+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 5.16.04 | Tom Harpur
    May 16, 2004. 08:48 AM No historical evidence of Jesus TOM HARPUR Ever since the publication of The Pagan Christ, literalist clergy and others have been hammering away at the theme of the alleged historicity of the Gospels. Yet, Bible scholars today know that the Gospels never were historical biographies even though they may appear to be such. Listen to the genius Dr. Albert Schweitzer, in his landmark book The Quest Of The Historical Jesus: "The Jesus of Nazareth who came forward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the ethic of the Kingdom of God, who founded the Kingdom of...
  • Israeli Experts Examine Ancient Tablet

    01/13/2003 1:14:31 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies · 554+ views
    Monday January 13, 2003 7:10 PM JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli geologists said Monday they have examined a stone tablet detailing repair plans for the Jewish Temple of King Solomon that, if authenticated, would be a rare piece of physical evidence confirming biblical narrative. The find - whose origin is murky - is about the size of a legal pad, with a 15-line inscription in ancient Hebrew that strongly resembles descriptions in the Bible's Book of Kings. It could also strengthen Jewish claims to a disputed holy site in Jerusalem's Old City that is now home to two major mosques. Muslim...
  • The Hasmoneans Were Here - Maybe

    12/28/2005 7:55:37 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 576+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12-28-2005 | Ran Shapira
    The ruins of the synagogue at Umm al-Umdan. (Alex Levac) The Hasmoneans were here - maybe By Ran Shapira In late 1995, not far from the city of Modi'in, whose construction had begun a short time earlier, several excavated burial caves were found. The find aroused tremendous excitement initially, mainly because on one of the ossuaries an engraved inscription was interpreted to read "Hasmonean." Had they found a burial plot belonging to the family of the Hasmoneans? When the discovery was announced, the archaeologist digging there, Shimon Riklin, explained that this was not the grave built by Simon the son...
  • Researcher Develops Methods To Test Artifacts' Links To The Bible

    05/29/2005 5:17:11 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 818+ views
    Newswise/Purdue ^ | 5-28-2005
    Researcher Develops Methods to Test Artifacts' Links to the Bible Newswise — A Purdue University professor has invented a system to judge whether ancient inscriptions refer to people in the Bible. Lawrence Mykytiuk (MICK-ee-took) uses the system to test whether archaeological inscriptions refer to ancient Hebrew kings such as David, Omri, Jeroboam II, Uzziah and other Old Testament personages such as Mesha and the high priest Hilkiah. The system and results are detailed in his new book, "Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200-539 B.C.E." (Society of Biblical Literature, $42.95). Mykytiuk's work steps outside the conflict between two...
  • Arafat's 'archaeology'

    10/23/2002 3:47:09 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 741+ views
    National Post ^ | October 23 2002
    The most remarkable aspect of the discovery of a 1st century ossuary in Jerusalem is the sobriety with which the news of possibly the first non-Biblical attestation of Christ has been greeted. Despite the startling inscription engraved on the limestone box's side -- "James, Son of Joseph, Brother of Jesus" -- international scholars are calmly debating the matter and refusing to get drawn into excited speculation. Good. To this end, the Geological Survey of Israel is microscopically examining the chisel marks (are they authentic?); statisticians are estimating how many of the 40,000 men living in ancient Jerusalem were not only...
  • "Brother of Jesus" bone-box plot thickens [Israeli Scholars: Jesus' 'Brother' Box Fraud]

    11/06/2002 11:11:35 AM PST · by Polycarp · 121 replies · 708+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | November 5, 2002 | Ellis Shuman
    "Brother of Jesus" bone-box plot thickens By Ellis Shuman November 5, 2002 An ancient burial box believed to have belonged to James, the Biblical brother of Jesus, was damaged while being sent for display at a Toronto museum. The museum is awaiting word from the ossuary's owner before attempting to repair the box, but the owner is being questioned by police as the burial box may actually belong to the State of Israel. Meanwhile, Israeli scholars insist that the inscription on the box is a fraud. Staff at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto discovered numerous cracks Friday in the...
  • Jerusalem Burial Cave Reveals: Apostle Simon Peter buried in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

    11/23/2003 3:39:24 AM PST · by OrthodoxPresbyterian · 522 replies · 4,531+ views
    Jerusalem Burial Cave Reveals:Names, Testimonies of First Christiansby Jean Gilman JERUSALEM, Israel - Does your heart quicken when you hear someone give a personal testimony about Jesus? Do you feel excited when you read about the ways the Lord has worked in someone's life? The first century catacomb, uncovered by archaeologist P. Bagatti on the Mount of Olives, contains inscriptions clearly indicating its use, "by the very first Christians in Jerusalem."If you know the feeling of genuine excitement about the workings of the Lord, then you will be ecstatic to learn that archaeologists have found first-century dedications with the names...
  • On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ

    03/06/2004 9:26:07 AM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 22 replies · 642+ views
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William Edwards, MD, et al
    Reprinted from JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association March 21, 1986, Volume 256 Copyright 1986, American Medical Association By Permission of Mayo Foundation ON THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E Hosmer, MS, AMI From the Departments of Pathology (Dr. Edwards) and Medical Graphics (Mr. Hoamer), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; and the Homestead United Methodist Church, Rochester, Minn., and the West Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel, Minn. (Pastor Gabel). Reprint requests to Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905 (Dr. Edwards) * Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish...
  • Literacy in the Time of Jesus - Could His Words Have Been Recorded in His Lifetime?

    02/07/2006 10:41:13 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 27 replies · 1,140+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | Jul/Aug 2003 | Alan Millard
    Literacy in the Time of Jesus Could His Words Have Been Recorded in His Lifetime? Sidebar: Writing Tablets Sidebar: Priceless Garbage How likely is it that someone would have written down and collected Jesus’ sayings into a book in Jesus’ lifetime? Several lines of evidence converge to suggest it is quite probable. The first factor to consider is how prevalent literacy was in Jesus’ time. Full literacy means being able to read and write proficiently, but degrees of literacy vary; people who can read, for example, may not be able to write. A common view is that of W.H....
  • Research On Ancient Writing Linked With Modern Mideast Conflict

    11/14/2005 1:25:30 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,424+ views
    The State ^ | 11-14-2005 | Ron Grossman
    Posted on Sun, Nov. 13, 2005 Research on ancient writing linked with modern Mideast conflict BY RON GROSSMAN CHICAGO - Professorial colleagues think Ron Tappy has made a landmark breakthrough in our understanding of the world of the Bible. He himself is waiting for the other shoe to drop. This week, Tappy will formally unveil his discovery at the meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Normally a presentation titled "The 2005 Excavation Season at Tel Zayit, with Special Attention to the Tenth Century BCE" would hardly be noticed beyond the scholars who will gather at the Hyatt Penn's...
  • Museum abandons Christian year system (BLAME CANADA ALERT)

    12/05/2002 5:20:49 PM PST · by Nuke'm Glowing · 35 replies · 702+ views
    National Post ^ | 12-04-02 | Joseph Brean
    Museum abandons Christian year system ROM's display for James ossuary uses CE instead of AD Joseph Brean National Post Wednesday, December 04, 2002 After a long internal debate, the Royal Ontario Museum has switched from marking calendar years on its exhibits with AD and BC to the more "modern and palatable" system of BCE and CE. The new terms, already in scholarly use but often unfamiliar to the public, refer to the time after the birth of Jesus as the "common era," rather than with the religiously toned "anno Domini," which means "year of the Lord." Instead of "before Christ,"...
  • B.C. not P.C. for students

    03/03/2005 6:10:29 PM PST · by A. Pole · 71 replies · 1,344+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 3, 2005
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS B.C. not P.C. for students Educators' move to change 'Before Christ' to 'Before Common Era' sparking outrage In what's perceived as a case of political correctness trumping history and everyday usage, students in Australia are now seeing the calendar term B.C. – which stands for "Before Christ" – being replaced with BCE, meaning "Before Common Era." "This is political correctness gone mad," Shadow Education Minister Jillian Skinner told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. "You ask the average mum and dad out there how they refer to time and calendars, they will use Before Christ [B.C.]." The change by...
  • BURIAL BOX - Oldest physical evidence for JESUS (Passion thoughts-6)

    03/26/2005 2:46:33 AM PST · by Paul Ciniraj · 3 replies · 269+ views
    THE BASEELIA FOUNDATION (for Charities) ^ | 26th March, 2005 | Pastor Paul Ciniraj
    From the news... A limestone burial box, almost 2,000 years old, may provide the oldest archeological record of Jesus of Nazareth. Of interest in the news today, the announcement of an archaeological find of potentially great significance: an ossuary (stone box) bearing the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus". The practice of transferring bones from expensive tombs into ossuaries existed from around 20 B.C. to 70 A.D., and the inscription on the newly recovered ossuary was in a form of written Aramaic used only between about 10 A.D. and 70 A.D. Other scientific tests affirm the antiquity of...
  • CNN: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus

    10/21/2002 9:04:51 AM PDT · by jern · 353 replies · 4,568+ views
    Oct. 21, 2002 | CNN
    BREAKING: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus
  • Is Burial Box That of Christ's Brother?

    10/21/2002 9:35:21 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 383 replies · 1,024+ views
    Researchers may have uncovered the first archaeological evidence that refers to Jesus as an actual person and identifies James, the first leader of the Christian church, as his brother. The 2,000-year-old ossuary—a box that held bones—bears the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." Until now, all references to the three men have been found only in manuscripts. The ossuary is not quite rectangular, like most burial boxes found so far, but trapezoid in shape. It is about 20 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 12 inches high. The image on top shows the inscription "James, son of Joseph,...
  • Israel begins investigation into authenticity of Jesus inscription

    03/05/2003 7:38:38 PM PST · by Mr. Mulliner · 38 replies · 1,227+ views
    Israel begins investigation into authenticity of Jesus inscription The Associated Press Mar. 5, 2003 The Israeli Antiquities Authority began studying an ancient stone box on Wednesday in an attempt to determine if it was used to bury Jesus' brother James. If authenticated, it could be the oldest archaeological link to the biblical figures. The box arrived in Israel Wednesday from Toronto, Canada, where it had been on display at the Royal Ontario Museum after Israel's Antiquities Authority granted a temporary export permit to the Israeli owner of the box, Oded Golan. The Antiquities Authority set up two commissions of...
  • Ossuary was genuine, inscription was faked

    11/01/2002 7:58:40 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 24 replies · 514+ views
    Jewsweek ^ | November 1, 2002 | Rochelle I. Altman
    As an expert on scripts and an historian of writing systems, I was asked to examine this inscription and make a report. I did. The bone-box is original; the first inscription, which is in Aramaic, "Jacob son of Joseph," is authentic. The second half of the inscription, "brother of Jesus," is a poorly executed fake and a later addition. This report has already been distributed on at least two scholarly lists. Please note that the fraud is so blatant that I did not bother to go into extreme detail on whether the faked addition is supposed to be Hebrew or...
  • The Jesus Dynasty

    04/08/2006 12:42:35 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies · 2,846+ views
    ABC News Home ^ | 4/7/2006 | Excerpt from JAmes D. Tabor book
    The Jesus Dynasty Excerpt: 'The Jesus Dynasty' by James D. Tabor New Book Challenges Christian Philosophy April 7, 2006 -- James Tabor is the chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His book challenges many of the beliefs that Christians hold dear, maintaining that Jesus is neither the son of God nor the son of Joseph but most likely the child of a Roman soldier named Pantera. Jesus, Tabor maintains, became the head of the household when Joseph died and looked after his six half-brothers and sisters. When Jesus died, his brother James took over...
  • Owner of "James Ossuary" Under Arrest

    07/22/2005 2:22:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies · 1,294+ views
    Life Site ^ | Friday July 22, 2005
    JERUSALEM, July 22, 2005 ( - Israeli police have put under house arrest, Oded Golan, the owner of the so-called "James Ossuary", the fake ossuary that attempted to promote the idea that Jesus Christ had brothers casting doubt on the virgin birth of Christ.. The trial has begun. The next session, will be held in Jerusalem, September 4, 2005. A 27-page indictment in a Jerusalem court was based on a two-year investigation involving the Jerusalem police and the Israel Antiquities Authority. Golan was among the five charged with 17 counts of antiquities forgery and fraud in January 2005. If they...
  • Cashbox: An ossuary supposedly linked to Jesus was a windfall for a Canadian museum...

    03/27/2005 12:16:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 652+ views
    Macleans ^ | March 25, 2005 | JONATHON GATEHOUSE
    An ossuary supposedly linked to Jesus was a windfall for a Canadian museum. Now Israel has declared it a fake and jailed its promoter, and the museum has some explaining to do.The man accused of standing at the centre of the greatest forgery ring of our time, perhaps all time, doesn't appear to be holding up so well. In books and movies, criminal masterminds -- the label Israeli police are freely applying to Oded Golan -- are effortlessly suave, or carelessly brutal, confident in the extreme. In real life, this 54-year-old antiquities collector seems as brittle as the Bible-era vases...
  • NYT: Israel Indicts 4 in 'Brother of Jesus' Hoax and Other Forgeries

    12/30/2004 10:01:34 AM PST · by OESY · 24 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 - The Israeli police filed criminal indictments on Wednesday against four antiquities collectors, accusing them of forging biblical artifacts, many so skillfully that they fooled experts. Some were even celebrated briefly as being among the most significant Christian and Jewish relics ever unearthed. The police and the Israel Antiquities Authority said their investigation had focused on several major forgeries, including a limestone burial box, or ossuary, bearing an inscription that suggested that it held the remains of Jesus' brother James. The Antiquities Authority declared the ossuary a forgery last year. The authorities also described as counterfeit a...
  • Burial box of Jesus's brother is hoax, say experts

    12/24/2004 10:43:34 AM PST · by flitton · 14 replies · 851+ views
    timesonline ^ | 24/12/04 | Ian MacKinnon
    AN ISRAELI collector of antiquities who stunned the world with a find that he said was the burial container of Jesus’ “brother”, James, is to be charged with forgery. Justice Ministry officials said last night that Oded Golan would be indicted next week on a range of charges that would include forgery over an inscription on the stone container that carried the script in Aramaic reading: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. Six others are also to be charged. The discovery of the ossuary in October 2002 was hailed as one of the great archaeological discoveries of the age...
  • Burial box of Jesus's brother is hoax, say experts (Hoaxster charged with fraud)

    12/24/2004 8:06:54 AM PST · by AAABEST · 20 replies · 551+ views
    The UK Times ^ | December 24, 2004 | Ian MacKinnon
    AN ISRAELI collector of antiquities who stunned the world with a find that he said was the burial container of Jesus’ “brother”, James, is to be charged with forgery. Justice Ministry officials said last night that Oded Golan would be indicted next week on a range of charges that would include forgery over an inscription on the stone container that carried the script in Aramaic reading: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. Six others are also to be charged. The discovery of the ossuary in October 2002 was hailed as one of the great archaeological discoveries of the age...
  • Lying Scholars: Rumor, gossip and misinformation swirl around the James ossuary inscription

    07/22/2004 7:43:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies · 681+ views
    Update—Finds or Fakes?Lying ScholarsRumor, gossip and misinformation swirl around the James ossuary inscriptionHershel ShanksIsraeli Scholars Charge IAA Committee with BiasFitzmyer Calls for Ossuary Re-StudyIntense scholarly disagreements are common in archaeology. Cases of deliberate lying, however, are rare. Is this such a case? If so, what is the motive?When I returned from the Annual Meetings* in Atlanta last November, I penned my customary report for publication in the March/April issue.** (I have been doing this in the March/April issue for 22 years.)For this year’s report, I described a conversation with two scholars who told me that they had seen the...
  • Geologist rebuts claim of forged Jesus inscription on ossuary

    12/21/2003 5:31:47 AM PST · by Phil V. · 11 replies · 640+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Sun., December 21, 2003 | By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent and AP
    w w w . h a a r e t z d a i l y . c o m Last update - 09:47 21/12/2003 Geologist rebuts claim of forged Jesus inscription on ossuary By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent and AP The disputed ossuary. (Israel Antiquities Authority) The heated controversy over the authenticity of the inscription naming Jesus on an ancient burial box discovered a year ago has flared up again, after claims by an American geologist that the Israeli findings, dismissing the inscription on a small 2,000-year-old limestone ossuary as a forgery, were flawed. James Harrell published his opinion Friday...
  • Scholars say Jesus box may be genuine

    11/25/2003 11:35:17 AM PST · by missyme · 10 replies · 123+ views
    Scholars say Jesus box may be genuine Tuesday, November 25, 2003 Posted: 10:26 AM EST (1526 Scientists say that this box dates from A.D. 63. ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A purported first-century inscription naming Jesus may or may not be the real thing, but Israel's labeling of the find as a fake is premature, scientists and scholars said at a panel discussion. At issue is a limestone burial box, or ossuary, with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," that emerged on Israel's antiquities market last year. If authentic, the ossuary would offer a rare physical link to...
  • Scholars say Jesus box may be genuine (Scholars: Israel's labeling of the find as a fake premature)

    11/25/2003 8:35:24 AM PST · by presidio9 · 141 replies · 886+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2003
    <p>A purported first-century inscription naming Jesus may or may not be the real thing, but Israel's labeling of the find as a fake is premature, scientists and scholars said at a panel discussion.</p> <p>At issue is a limestone burial box, or ossuary, with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," that emerged on Israel's antiquities market last year.</p>
  • Accused forger defends 'Jesus ossuary' in front of expert panel

    07/29/2003 8:20:30 AM PDT · by yonif · 341+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul. 29, 2003 | ABIGAIL RADOSZKOWICZ
    "Jesus ossuary" owner Oded Golan, recently released on bail after an elaborate antiquities forgery lab was found in his home, was the guest attraction the Israeli premiere of the documentary, James, Brother of Jesus, which traces the story of the ossuary and its disputed inscription, at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on Sunday. A German journalist in the audience asked collector Golan how he failed to notice the intriguing inscription for so many years until he showed it in the fall of 2002 to Andre Lemaire of the Sorbonne, a world expert on Aramaic inscriptions, who first linked inscription to Jesus of...
  • Dealer arrested in Jesus relic forgery

    07/24/2003 7:20:17 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 14 replies · 163+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2003
    <p>Police have arrested an Israeli antiquities dealer suspected of creating two forgeries that shook the religious and archaeological world, including a burial box purported to be that of Jesus's brother James.</p> <p>Oded Golan also is suspected in connection with a shoebox-sized tablet inscribed with forged instructions for caring for the Jewish Temple.</p>
  • Dealer accused of forging James ossuary inscription

    07/23/2003 4:37:55 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 3 replies · 337+ views
    CBC ^ | 23 Jul 2003 | Anon.
    JERUSALEM - Israeli police have arrested an antiquities dealer in connection with two alleged forgeries, including a burial box once thought to belong to the brother of Jesus. Oded Golan appeared in a Jerusalem court Tuesday, a day after police picked him up at his Tel Aviv home. Police allege Golan faked an inscription on the so-called James ossuary to make it appear it belonged to the brother of Jesus. The limestone box is inscribed in Aramaic with the words "Ya'akov (James), son of Yosef (Joseph), brother of Yeshua (Jesus)." Experts later branded the inscription and a tablet as fakes....
  • 'Jesus box' Exposed As Fake

    06/18/2003 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 60 replies · 280+ views
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2003
    <p>JERUSALEM -- A stone box touted as the oldest archaeological evidence of Jesus is, in fact, a well-crafted fake, Israeli archaeological experts say.</p> <p>The box, an object known as an ossuary, was said to have contained the bones of Jesus' brother James. Carved on one side is an inscription in the ancient language of Aramaic bearing the legend: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."</p>
  • NPR At It Again--Fake Ossuary of St. James

    06/18/2003 11:12:10 AM PDT · by tridentine · 57 replies · 530+ views
    Vanity | June 18, 2003 | tridentine
    NPR just reported on the fake ossuary of St. James in Toronto--but with a spin that it had been purported to the ossuary "of a brother of Jesus"--thus putting their rather non-orthodox spin on things (i.e., questioning the Virgin Birth, etc.) Nice work again from our government's radio network. NPR--an affront not only to all Christians but to all Americans.
  • Experts call Biblical artifact a fake

    06/18/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by bedolido · 124 replies · 388+ views
    USA Today ^ | 06/18/03 | Associated Press
    <p>JERUSALEM (AP) — An ancient burial box purported to have held the bones of Jesus' brother, James, is a fake, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The ossuary, which bore the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," had been touted by some scholars as the oldest archaeological link to New Testament figures.</p>
  • James ossuary determined to have been "fake"

    06/18/2003 5:35:17 AM PDT · by el_chupacabra · 19 replies · 380+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 06-18-03 | Ellis Shuman
    At a press conference held this morning in Jerusalem, officials from the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced that an ancient stone box with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," was a fake. The authority also determined that the "Joash inscription," a stone tablet with fifteen lines of ancient Hebrew detailing improvements at the Temple, was a forgery. Israel Insider reported details proving the ossuary a fake last November. The inscriptions on both items were made "in the modern era," the Antiquities Authority announced. The stone burial box, known as an ossuary, attracted international attention when the Biblical Archaeological...
  • James ossuary determined to have been "fake"

    06/18/2003 5:15:18 AM PDT · by Israel Insider · 21 replies · 366+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 6/18/2003 | Israel Insider
    The Israeli Antiquities Authority announced today that an ancient stone box with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," was a fake. The authority also determined that a stone tablet bearing the "Joash inscription," with fifteen lines of ancient Hebrew detailing improvements at the Temple, was a forgery. The inscriptions on both items were made "in the modern era." Click here for this breaking story
  • Antiquities Authority to rule on authenticity of "Jesus' brother burial box"

    06/17/2003 2:24:13 PM PDT · by Alouette · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 17, 2003 | Associated Press
    Israel's Antiquities Authority is to rule Wednesday on the authenticity of an ancient burial box with the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," touted by some scholars as the oldest archaeological link to New Testament figures but dismissed by others as a fake. Investigators have not disclosed the findings, but one expert from the committee, Uzi Dahari, suggested that many questions arose during the probe. Oded Golan, the Israeli owner of the "James ossuary," insists the item is authentic, but Dahari told The Associated Press that Golan "spoke to us and didn't convince anyone." Golan said he had...
  • Ossuary markings fake, Israeli archeologist says

    06/17/2003 1:49:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 230+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | June 17, 2003 | James Adams
    A committee of archeologists and geologists commissioned by the Israeli Antiquities Authority is set to declare, perhaps as early as today, that the inscription on the James ossuary is fake.The limestone ossuary, which its supporters say once contained the remains of James, brother of Jesus Christ, has been undergoing tests at the direction of the Antiquities Authority since it was returned in mid-January to Tel Aviv from Toronto. It had been on public display, for the first time anywhere, at the Royal Ontario Museum starting in November of 2002, where it drew 100,000 visitors.Israeli state broadcaster Channel One featured an...
  • Bone box could be first archaeological reference to Jesus

    04/19/2003 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 47 replies · 521+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | Sunday April 20, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. New studies have backed a suggestion that an inscribed ossuary [bone box] being examined by archaeological authorities in Israel may well be that of St James, the brother of Jesus. Examination of the inscription - potentially the world's first ever archaeological reference to Jesus - by Dr Andre Lemaire, a specialist in Aramaic texts at the Sorbonne in Paris had already suggested, on purely epigraphic grounds, that the inscription was genuine. But now a team of scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, has come to the same conclusion...
  • What may be oldest link to Jesus seriously damaged on the way to Canada

    11/01/2002 6:08:29 PM PST · by Asmodeus · 39 replies · 308+ views
    Associated Press | MERITA D. ILO
    TORONTO - A limestone burial box that may be the oldest archaeological link to Jesus was badly damaged in transit from Israel to Canada, Royal Ontario Museum officials said Friday. Stone Artifact Linked to Jesus Dan Rahimi, the museum's director of collections management, said in a telephone interview the box — called an ossuary — had wide cracks but remained whole. "The box was badly damaged, but still intact. It has not broken," Rahimi said. "It's very serious damage, but not unusual for a limestone box of this age." He said impact or vibration during the trip from Israel probably...