Earliest archaeological evidence of Jesus?
- WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 A burial box that was recently discovered in
Israel and dates to the first century could be the oldest
archaeological link to Jesus Christ, according to a French scholar
whose findings were published Monday. An inscription in the Aramaic
language "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" appears on an
empty ossuary, a limestone burial box for bones.
ANDRE LEMAIRE SAID it's "very probable" the writing refers to Jesus
of Nazareth. He dates the ossuary to A.D. 63, just three decades
after the crucifixion. Lemaire, a specialist in ancient inscriptions
at France's Practical School of Higher Studies, published his
findings in the November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology
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