Monday, September 19, 2011

2000 Years Of Biblical Burial Box Reveals Little About The Death Of Jesus

Rare inscriptions on a burial box 2000 years may shed new light on the death of Jesus Christ, the researchers said.

Called an ossuary, a box of chalk shows Caiaphas, the high priest involved in the crucifixion of Jesus. The Israel Antiquities Authority, who confiscated the ossuary thieves three years ago, he then Professor Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University Institute of Archaeology who led the efforts of authentication.

"Without a doubt, that writing is authentic," Gore said, after conducting a thorough investigation of the limestone box, which boasts a decorative rosettes, as well subscribe.

Goren results imply the inclusion unusually descriptive sheds light on one of the men behind the death of Jesus. Registration complete reads: "Miriam, the daughter of Yeshua Caiaphus Sun, pastor of Beth Maaziah Imri," naming the deceased in three generations and a possible location.

The Maaziah refers to a clan that was the last of about 24 orders of priests high during the Second Temple period, Goren said. Although there are few records of the clan in the Talmudic sources that detail their lives after their dispersion in Galilee in 70 AD, the reference to Beit Imri new insight to put family before migration.

Although you may Beit Imri refers to another order of priesthood, the researchers said, is more likely to refer to a geographic location, probably the Caiaphus village family home.

Ossuary believed to come from a tomb in the Valley of Elah, southwest of Jerusalem, the mythical place of the battle between David and Goliath. Beit Imri was probably located on the slopes of Mount Hebron.

This is not the first time ossuaries were new. An inscription discovered recently, asking the head of an ossuary to be James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus. The revelation made the headlines in 2002 - only to be revealed as a hoax.

Goren believes it really is - and it has science on his side.

"When the rock is deposited in the soil for millennia, that affects the environment and the impact on the environment," he said.

Processes such as erosion of acidic groundwater and the accumulation of layers of limestone or quartz, biological activity, such as the growth of bacteria, algae, lichens, and activity close to the flora and fauna in due to a stone revetment. Most of these characteristics are impossible to reproduce in the laboratory.

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