Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ossuary Inscription Authentic!

I know. I'm as skeptical as anyone else. Until today, I didn't believe it. And even now with what seems to be overwhelming evidence for the authenticity of the "James brother of Jesus" inscription, it is still hard to believe. According to the latest research done by one of the world's top experts in the field, the inscription is as authentic as the ossuary itself, which is not doubted to be an authentic first century ossuary. Not only does this expert give an overwhelming argument in support of its authenticity, but states with hard scientific evidence and argument why those who say the James inscription is a forgery have not only missed the mark, but absolutely and purposefully destroyed it to their own professional shame.

To read a summary of all this, see Biblical Archaeology Review's: Forgery Bombshell
To read the entire report in PDF, click here.
To see detailed pictures that accompany the report, click here.

This does not, however, mean that the James and Jesus mentioned thereon are the Biblical James and Jesus, but that is a likelihood that can now no longer be dismissed.

One of big problems I have with believing in the authenticity of things like this is that the ossuary was not found in situ. We have no idea where it came from and cannot trace its origins to any useful and meaningful degree outside of the object itself. I am heavily prejudiced against unprovenanced artifacts, but I believe this prejudice is necessary.


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