The excavation was carried out in November 1941 by E. L. Sukenik and N.
Avigad, and published by the latter.
N. Avigad, "A Depository of Inscribed Ossuaries in the Kidron Valley,"
_Israel Exploration Journal_ 12 (1962) 1-12.
The ossuary in question has three Greek inscriptions and one in Hebrew on
on the front:
"Alexander (son) of Simon"
on the back:
Avigad sees the first line as an error, followed by the correction,
"Alexander, (son) of Simon"
on the lid:
and in Hebrew letters:
Avigad thinks that QRYNT may be identified with Cyrene, but leaves the
question "unsolved and open for discussion."
The ossuary is also discussed in Jack Finnegan, _The Archaeology of the New
Testament_, 1992, p. 360, #314.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirby" <kirby@...>
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 2:55 PM
Subject: [XTalk] "Alexander, son of Simon of Cyrene"
> Also discovered around the same time was an ossuary inscribed "Alexander,
> of Simon of Cyrene". According to the Gospels, Simon of Cyrene helped
> to carry his cross on the road to Golgotha/Calvary (Simon and his son
> Alexander are mentioned in Mark 15:21).
> Does anyone know about this ossuary? References?
> Peter Kirby (Student at Fullerton College, CA)
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