Writing in the new issue of Shanks’ Biblical Archaeology Review, Andre Lemaire, a specialist in ancient inscriptions at France’s Practical School of Higher Studies, says it is “very probable” the find is an authentic reference to Jesus of Nazareth and he dates it to A.D. 63 — just three decades after the crucifixion.
The inscription, in the Aramaic language, appears on an empty ossuary, or limestone burial box for bones. It reads: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” Lemaire dates the object to 63 A.D.
The first century Jewish historian Josephus recorded that “the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, James by name,” was stoned to death as a Jewish heretic in A.D. 62. If his bones were placed in an ossuary that would have occurred the following year, dating the inscription around A.D. 63. [Salon]
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