Saturday, 10 September 2011

High Priest Caiaphas' family ossuary found and validated.

The Caiaphas' family ossuary is extraordinary in that the deceased is named within the context of three generations and a potential location. The full inscription reads: "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphus, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri."  The Maaziah refers to a clan that was the last mentioned order of 24 orders of high priests during the second temple period.  Three years ago, when the Israel Antiquities Authority confiscated an ossuary with a rare inscription from antiquities looters, they turned to Prof. Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology to authenticate the discovery.  He confirms that both the ossuary and its inscription are authentic.
detail of the ossuary's inscription.
(A few years ago), an ossuary marked with a fraudulent inscription claiming the deceased to be James son of Joseph, the brother of Jesus, made worldwide headlines. Taking this recent hoax into account,  Professor Goren (had) said it was imperative to establish whether the Caiaphas-related ossuary and its inscription represented a genuine artefact.
Old "James son of Joseph" Ossuary
 with fake engraving 

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