Ask any archaeologist, and they will tell you that Biblical Archaeology can be dodgy at times. However, Israeli scholars in the field have recently confirmed that this burial box is genuine and therefore supports certain claims of the Bible.
The ossuary bears an inscription with the name “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri.”
An ossuary is a stone chest used to store bones. Caiaphas was a temple priest and an adversary of Jesus who played a key role in his crucifixion.
The Israel Antiquities Authority says the ossuary was seized from tomb robbers three years ago and has since been undergoing analysis. Forgery is common in the world of biblical artefacts.
The IAA says in Wednesday’s statement that microscopic tests have confirmed the inscription is “genuine and ancient.”
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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The thing is, we can’t just accept evidence that confirms our beliefs and dismiss that which doesn’t. That fallacy is called cherry-picking. Evidence is objective and unequivocal, we have to let the theories fit the evidence, and not vice-versa. If your approach were applied to any scientific or academic field, then the results would be disastrous. The legal, scientific and crime-fighting institutions would be obsolete. I’m afraid it is of no consequence what Jesus says on the matter, the fact is that any quality evidence has to be given due consideration within its applied field.
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