Looks like the ossuary ain’t St. James of Jerusalem

Headline calls it a “fake”, which is somewhat misleading since we do not know who added the “brother of Jesus” bit nor why nor when. As somebody has noted, this is a bit like having a box labeled “Tom, son of Dick, brother of Harry”. The names were not uncommon. Whoever added the inscription might never have heard of Jesus and there could be a whole ‘nother story behind the inscription. Indeed, given the common faith of the early Church that Mary was perpetually a virgin, it’s unlikely that a Christian would have faked such an inscription.

So the ossuary becomes an historical curiosity and a (ahem) “grave” disappointment for Not Roman.org. I’m sure we’ll be hearing about the “secrets of the James ossuary” on Art Bell for many years to come.