Beinkista til Jakob, Jesu bror?

Det har dei siste åra gått ei sak om ei beinkiste som er funne i Jerusalem. Kista har påskrifta Jakob, Josefs son, Jesu bror.

Det har vore stor usemje om innskrifta. Spørsmålet er om den er autentisk. Siste ord er neppe sagt om dette, sjølv om Biblical Archaeology Society i dag har sendt ut følgjande pressemelding:

“Brother of Jesus” Proved Ancient and Authentic

A new analysis and new evidence proves that the controversial “Brother of Jesus” inscription on an ancient bone box, or ossuary, is authentic, according to the July/August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), the world’s largest circulation magazine devoted to Biblical archaeology.

After a 5-year trial, Jerusalem judge Aharon Farkash recently acquitted the defendants of all charges of forgery. But his verdict doesn’t mean the Aramaic inscription on the bone box, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” is authentic. It only means that the prosecution failed to present evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the inscription is a forgery.

In a post-verdict analysis, former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer and BAR editor Hershel Shanks explains why it can be said beyond reasonable doubt that the inscription is authentic, and he presents new evidence not available at the trial to support this conclusion.

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