NEA issue (from 2006) that discusses Talpiot Tomb available for free for a limited time

ASOR is pleased to announce that it has made an issue of Near Eastern Archaeology (NEA 69:3/4 [2006]) available for free on JSTOR for the next month. This issue of NEA contains articles by leading scholars that examine the hypothesis that a Talpiot Tomb belonged to Jesus’ family. The issue contains articles by Eric M. Meyers, Shimon Gibson, Sandra Scham, Christopher Rollston, and Stephen J. Pfann. The issue also contains an extensive response by James D. Tabor.

The following is a table of contents with links to the individual articles:

  • “The Jesus Tomb Controversy: An Overview” by Eric M. Meyers
  • “Is the Talpiot Tomb Really the Family Tomb of Jesus?” by Shimon Gibson
  • “Trial by Statistics” by Sandra Scham
  • “Inscribed Ossuaries: Personal Names, Statistics, and Laboratory Test” by Christopher Rollston
  • “Mary Magdalene Has Left the Room: A Suggested New Reading of Ossuary CJO 701″ by Stephen J. Pfann
  • “Testing a Hypothesis” by James D. Tabor

Those interested in ASOR’s journals (BASOR, JCS, and NEA) can found all of these journals online on JSTOR. Individual and institutional subscriptions are available. Also, professional memberships in ASOR are available that give individuals online access to all of ASOR’s journals from the present all the way back to 1920. Please e-mail for more information.



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  1. I have no direct knowledge of the trial, but it may seem a bit curious that “The Jesus Discovery” book on page 177 has a photograph (no. 39) captioned “Photo from 1976 of the James ossuary in the apartment of Golan’s parents.” On page 178 they report that a “photographic expert” testified that he “found no possibility that the [Golan] photos were made at a later time.” Yet on page 177 Tabor and Jacobovici wrote: “When or how the James ossuary would have been taken from the Talpiot tomb we cannot determine. I might have been a number of years before the 1980 excavation of the tomb, or it could have been looted the first night when the front entryway of the tomb was blown open and exposed, before the IAA arrived to begin their work [in 1980]” By allowing the possibility that the ossuary “could have been looted” in 1980, do the co-authors indicate that they do not rely on Golan’s account?

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