The Strange remains the same for 26 December 2013

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Just a smattering of posts today. Still slow for the holiday week.

Ancient burial box claimed to have earliest reference to Jesus | World news |

UK’s concerned clowns call for end to copycat crime wave | UK news |

  2 comments for “The Strange remains the same for 26 December 2013

  1. eddi
    December 27, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Guardian is way behind the curve. Although they do mention the particulars concerning the attempted debunking of this ossuary as a modern forgery in the body of the article. Suspicion remains and I hold to “too good to be true” my own cynical self.

    Anyone surprised about the copycat clowns getting out of hand? They of course missed the point of the original.

  2. jveeds
    December 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I remember studying the James bone box (ossuary) story when it first emerged in Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR). At first I was impressed with the evidence, but I <i.thought the whole thing was buried (no pun intended) for good and all from the weight of evidence regarding the inscriptions and provenance of the patina. As I recall, scholars of first-century Hebrew deemed various parts of the inscriptions to be from different eras and the patina to be of a different locale. As I further recall, there was quite a bit of concern in the archaeological community that item was shipped to Toronto for display using substandard shipping procedures.

    I also recall Hershel Shanks (editor of the magazine that “broke” the story, BAR) continuing to hype the discovery for many years.

    Does anyone have further details on the evidence?

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