Time Magazine: The Burial Box of Jesus’ Brother: Fraud?

The world of biblical archaeology was stirred in 2002 by the unveiling of a limestone burial box with the Aramaic inscription Yaakov bar Yosef akhui di Yeshua (“James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”). Allegedly dating to an era contemporaneous with Christ, the names were a tantalizing collation of potentially great significance: James was indeed the name of a New Testament personage known as the brother of Jesus, both ostensibly the sons of Joseph the carpenter, husband of Mary. If its dates were genuine, the burial box — or ossuary — could well be circumstantial evidence for the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, a tenet supported only by gospels and scripture written, at the earliest, a generation after his crucifixion and, of course, by the faith of hundreds of millions through 2,000 years.

Experts, however, declared the ossuary a modern-day forgery. It was seized by Israeli police and its owner, Tel Aviv collector Oded Golan, was arrested and charged with counterfeiting the ossuary and dozens of other items. Golan and co-defendant Robert Deutsch were put on trial in the Jerusalem District Court in 2005. Deutsch is accused of forging other valuables, though not the ossuary. Both men deny all charges.

See rest here: The Burial Box of Jesus’ Brother: Fraud?

Matthew Kalman website: JAMES OSSUARY TRIAL JERUSALEM
OBSERVATIONS FROM THE JERUSALEM DISTRICT COURT BY MATTHEW KALMAN


Todd Bolen’s Blog: Defense to Testify in James Ossuary Forgery Case
PaleJudaica: NEWS ON THE ISRAEL FORGERY TRIAL


Related Articles: The Brother Of Jesus?
Exposing the ‘Jesus’ Brother’ Fraud

Thanks to J. Lauer!

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2 thoughts on “Time Magazine: The Burial Box of Jesus’ Brother: Fraud?

  1. The authanticity of the ossuary is not in question. It is in fact an ossury of the late second temple period. As for the inscription, “James, son of Joseph”, That too is not in question . What is in doubt is the last part of the inscription. “Brother of Jesus”. This is where the problem lies.

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