The work of a renowned geologist of Jerusalem has successfully linked two ancient ossuaries, which could have been used to bury the remains of Jesus Christ.
In recent decades, the discovery of two ancient ossuaries, ie burial boxes linked to the remains of Jesus, unleashed a controversy in archaeological and theological fields worldwide. Now, Aryeh Shimron a Jerusalem-based geologist believes he has found a link between the two pieces, reinforcing the relevance of the findings. The first of the relics was acquired by an Israeli collector in 1970, and was target of serious criticism from part of the Israel Antiquities Authority, which declared as false the inscription on one side of the ossuary which reads: “(Aramaic inscription): Ya’akov bar-Yosef akhui diYeshua, in English James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.”
However, in 2012, a court ruled that the alleged falsehood cannot be proven. The second relic is, in fact, a tomb discovered at a construction site in the neighborhood of East Ta lpiot in Jerusalem, it is famous for having starred in The Lost Tomb of Jesus, a TV documentary which claimed that the tomb could have been the burial spot for Jesus and his family, based on a statistical analysis of the genealogical relationships between the names listed in the inscriptions.
Better known as the Talpiot tomb, the burial chamber contained ten ossuaries, including some whose inscriptions read “Jesus son of Joseph”, “Maria” and various other names associated with characters of the New Testament.
Aryeh Shimron managed to obtain mineral samples from the grave and compare them with the relic of the Israeli ossuary to find that there is a clear compatibility between the ground substrate from the James ossuary and the Talpiot tomb.
According to experts, this means that the set of ossuaries could have once been located in the same space sometime in the distant past.
One of the experts declared that this “evidence is beyond what anyone expected.”
This finding is a huge boost to all of those who claim there is a linakge between the artifacts and the historical Jesus.
“This find illustrates that the James ossuary is authentic and the Jesus Family Tomb indeed belongs to the family of Jesus Christ,” Simcha Jacobovici, director of “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” told the Jerusalem Post.