Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Reader Kevin Bowman emails the following news story on the James Ossuary:

Collector accused of forging 'James ossuary' says old photos prove authenticity
Mysterious photographs from the 1970s are to be brought as evidence to prove that the so-called ossuary of James, the brother of Jesus, is authentic. They are to be presented by attorneys for Oded Golan, the antiquities dealer charged with forging the item, which when it was made public, was dubbed "the most important archaeological discovery from the beginnings of Christianity."

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A panel appointed by the director of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), Shuka Dorfman, determined in June 2003 that the inscription on the ossuary was "added recently," while the ossuary itself was authentic.

In the defense's photographs, dated 1976, the ossuary is shown on a shelf, apparently in Golan's home. In an enlargement, the whole inscription can be seen with great difficulty. The photo was examined by Gerald Richard, a former FBI agent and an expert for the defense. Richard testified that "Nothing was noted that would indicate or suggest that they were not produced in March 1976 as indicated on the stamps appearing on the reverse side of each print."

Interesting how they used the word "mysterious" for the photos. Also rather convenient that the photos just happen to be from right before the Antiquities Law was passed.

I'm just sayin'. . . .

I've not been able to dig up (heh) much else though that's not overly polemical.