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Five-year 'Jesus box' trial comes to an end

By T.K. Randall
October 17, 2010 · Comment icon 15 comments



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After much deliberation the courts have still to come to a verdict on the infamous "Jesus box".
The box is believed to have a direct connection to Jesus and has "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" inscribed on it. The Israeli justice ministry however is prosecuting the owner of the box in the belief that it is a fraud.
After five years' deliberation, a trial in an Israeli court has still to reach a verdict over the provenance of an ossuary bearing the Aramaic inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus".


Source: New Scientist | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Lapras 12 years ago
but it is real isnt it? the only part he falsified was the brother of jesus part. so it is real, just not that special?
Comment icon #7 Posted by questionmark 12 years ago
but it is real isnt it? the only part he falsified was the brother of jesus part. so it is real, just not that special? The inion was falsified (and I would like to add that it was done pretty blunderously). As far as the sacrophagus itself, there is no way of telling if it comes from around 0 CE or it is a few hundred years newer or older. But the general age fits.
Comment icon #8 Posted by JGirl 12 years ago
i just don't understand why on earth anyone would feel compelled to do this sort of thing - especially seeing as they can be found out so readily. need your fifteen minutes of fame? well do something interesting. geez!
Comment icon #9 Posted by questionmark 12 years ago
i just don't understand why on earth anyone would feel compelled to do this sort of thing - especially seeing as they can be found out so readily. need your fifteen minutes of fame? well do something interesting. geez! Does money sound like something you know? Due to the lack of historical/archeological evidence many who went out in the world to prove the bible right would pay handsomely for any shred of evidence.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mac E 12 years ago
I can't believe they have been deliberating for 5 years. It feels to me like this was found to be a fake about 10 years ago. Jail the guy and move on.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
I can't believe they have been deliberating for 5 years. It feels to me like this was found to be a fake about 10 years ago. Jail the guy and move on.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Tiggs 12 years ago
Well, the trial is over - but we're still months away from the judges verdict.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Well, the trial is over - but we're still months away from the judges verdict. Well, I just hope they make their minds up before the Rapture. I don't want to miss it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Gatofeo 12 years ago
It's clearly a fake. Now, if Joseph Smith had dug it up in upstate New York, and required a special translator to read the inion, and HE was the only person who ever saw it -- then it would clearly be genuine. But hey, that's just the Mormon view ...
Comment icon #15 Posted by el midgetron 12 years ago
It's clearly a fake. Now, if Joseph Smith had dug it up in upstate New York, and required a special translator to read the inion, and HE was the only person who ever saw it -- then it would clearly be genuine. But hey, that's just the Mormon view ... Ouch, thats harsh!!


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