The Doubly Upside-Down Jonah Ossuary

Steve Caruso noticed that the supposed name of Jonah is upside-down on the ossuary. Of course, so is the supposed stick figure of Jonah himself. So is this two strikes against the idea that Jonah is depicted, or do they fit nicely together?

Rogue Classicism has a lengthy discussion of the documentary and its claims. (Jim Davila linked to it). Jim West noted that the documentary didn’t do very well, as far as ratings are concerned.

James Tabor offers an explanation of his understanding of resurrection as not requiring a person’s bones or body, and it is well worth reading, independently of the topic of Talpiot tombs.

Ben Witherington waited until the dust settled before chiming in on his blog.

The Greek Reporter went for a sensationalist account, as did the Sunday Tribune. Apparently the online article about the odds of Talpiot Tomb A being that of Jesus has been updated.

  • Brettongarcia

    My position, my own rough  calculation of the odds,  is that the odds COULD have been based on a false assumption, and therefore the current odds could be wrong. 

    If we date this tentatively as a later tomb – beginning say, 69 AD (or even possibly, in spite of assertions that they were not used later, c. 250 AD) – then the odds that this is Jesus himself, go down precipitiously. 

    Because?  Right after Jesus, when Jesus’ legend began to catch on?  There would have been early Christians probably, beginning to NAME THEIR CHILDREN after their new heros.  At this point?  The liklihood of people in a same tomb, with names like “Mary,” “Joseph,” “James,” “Matthew,” and even “Jesus,” goes UP astronomically.  

    While in fact?  Researchers (after RIchard Bauckham?) have apparently already found a late tomb, with essentially these names; in about the timeframe I am noting here.   

    Still?  There is a possibility here that this tomb is authentic.  Though of course Tabor himself indirectly notes that if the bones of Jesus and his family ARE in Talpiot A and/or B?  Then … Biblical passages of Jesus ascending  bodily into “heaven” would be wrong.

    By the way, regarding the “Jona fish” on Talpiot B?  From my own Art Historical background the figure in question struck me immediately, as being a typical funerary vase; vases being a kind of very, very typical decoration, in specifically Roman tombs.  So that?  This would fit say, the idea of Jesus as a Romanized/Hellenized Jew.


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