Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Nothing is Easy
The ossuary (casket) of James the brother of Jesus, which I last reported was a fake, is now still in the "We aren't sure area."

The reported:

...If experts decide the inscription refers to Jesus of Nazareth rather than some other Jesus, and is not a forgery, the box would rank as a monumental archaeological discovery.

Since Lemaire reported the box's existence last month in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, some have suggested the Jesus phrase could have been added by a forger, more likely in ancient than in modern times.

Two specialists with Israel's Geological Survey have certified that the surface patina indicates all the letters were inscribed in ancient times with no sign they were tampered with.

Due to the claimed link to Jesus, the artifact has been valued at $1 million to $2 million, Meyers said.

I've been thinking about taking my blogging profits and buying it.

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