The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story & Meaning of the by Hershel Shanks

By Hershel Shanks

The 1st definitive account of what students and the media are calling 'the most vital archaeological discovery' approximately Jesus and his kin. this is often the definitive tale of the hot discovery of the first–century ossuary (limestone bone field) with the legend 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus', and its implications for realizing Jesus, his family members (mother, father, brothers), his fans, the 1st Christians and the Jewish Christian flow in Jerusalem that James led. This ossuary is the 1st ever archaeological discovery at once confirming the life of Jesus, and his dating to his father, Joseph, and brother, James, who turned the chief of the $64000 Jewish Christian group in Jerusalem. nobody is as certified and good hooked up to recount the invention and its authentication as Hershel Shanks, whose journal first broke the tale.

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The ossuary could not be restored until the insurance company’s adjuster examined the ossuary and its packing and gave the okay for the restoration. For five long days, the museum and the owner tried to persuade the insurance company to send an adjuster to Toronto. Indeed, several adjusters specializing in museum objects lived in Toronto. They apparently were not satisfac- Is It a Fake? 37 Just in from Tel Aviv (left), the ossuary is wheeled into Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. When curators removed the bubble wrap (below, left), they found the box had suffered significant damage (below, right).

The patina was consistent with this. It, too, was composed of calcium carbonate with these same trace elements, except that the patina had 4 percent less calcium carbonate and three times as large a trace of silica. As the geologists reported it, compared to the original stone the patina is enriched with silica. Could patina have been taken from another ossuary and applied to this one, both on the side and within the carved letters? The geologists considered this possibility. But they found that the patina “adheres strongly to the stone,” and they found no trace of a modern adhesive.

Which [has] a very similar construction. . Hence, even though the Aramaic wording seems at first unusual, it merely records a popular way of writing the patronymic that was not well attested heretofore. ” America 187, no. 16 (November 18, 2002). 3. It is number 20 in Joseph Naveh, On Mosaic and Stone ( Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1978), in Hebrew. 3 HOW COULD THE SON OF GOD HAVE A BROTHER? ome inscriptions are difficult to read. This one is not. In the right light, with the exception of two or three letters, a first-year Hebrew student can read it.

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