Friday, October 24, 2003

James Ossuary Update: Lemaire fights back

André Lemaire provides a detailed answer to the IAA report on the James Ossuary, which declared the ossuary a forgery:

Ossuary Update: Israel Antiquities Authority’s Report Deeply Flawed

It's pretty detailed. Whatever one thinks of this business (I'm a non-expert here, inclined to accept the IAA judgement, but interested in this critique), the article is a model of patience and clarity and well worth a read. On the whole it avoids polemic, which is refreshing after yesterday's "acrid stench of burning straw", which makes entertaining reading at first but afterwards leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

The link above, to the Biblical Archaeology Review web site, also features details of a session at the SBL in Atlanta on Sunday morning at which Lemaire, Golan, Shanks et al will be discussing the ossuary.

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