View Full Version : Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict

Mister D
03-05-2012, 12:26 PM
This is a huge trial in Israel. I've been waiting for the verdict.

The Biblical Archaeology Society has learned that Judge Aharon Farkash of the District Court in Jerusalem will announce the verdict on the alleged forgery of the famous James “brother of Jesus” Ossuary on Wednesday, March 14 at 9 a.m. (2 a.m. EST).
After more than seven years, hundreds of exhibits and thousands of pages of testimony, the case against defendants Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch will be decided by the trial judge. The case, which includes allegations of forgery for numerous other artifacts, has accurately been described as the “forgery trial of the century.”


Mister D
03-05-2012, 12:29 PM
In fact, they made several documentaries pertaining to these artifacts and the trial. Some of you may have seen them.

03-05-2012, 02:07 PM
Interesting to see how it will turn out.

Mister D
03-05-2012, 02:10 PM
Interesting to see how it will turn out.

Much of the prosecution's case fell apart early on. I'm curious to see how this turns out.

Captain Obvious
03-05-2012, 04:20 PM
Did you put this in "science" on purpose or was this a freudian slip?


Mister D
03-05-2012, 04:27 PM
Purposely. I thought about it. Seems more appropriate. Archaeology is after all a science.

Mister D
03-15-2012, 09:18 AM
After a trial of more than five years with 138 witnesses, more than 400 exhibits and a trial transcript of 12,000 pages, Judge Aharon Farkash of the Jerusalem District Court has cleared the defendants of all forgery charges. His opinion in the case, handed down on March 14, is 474 pages long.


The judge’s decision doesn’t mean that the inscriptions are authentic. It only means that the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are forgeries. But at least the discussion can now proceed on a more academic basis. And perhaps the IAA has learned some lessons that can be applied in the future.


Mister D
03-15-2012, 09:19 AM
This ivory pomegranate, possibly from a small priestly scepter from Solomon’s Temple, was not included in the individual counts, so the judge did not deal with it in his opinion


Mister D
03-15-2012, 09:21 AM

The inscription reading “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” on the James Ossuary is the most well-known piece of the case. Paleographic analyses and the existence of ancient patina suggest that the inscription is authentic.

Mister D
03-15-2012, 09:22 AM
The 15 line Yehoash Inscription parallels a similar biblical description of repairs to Solomon’s Temple by King Yehoash in the 9th century B.C.E