Talpiot Photos and a Video that may Change your Perspective

Talpiot Photos and a Video that may Change your Perspective March 25, 2012

A round up of the latest blogging on the Talpiot tombs and James ossuary.

James Tabor has provided more photos of the most discussed inscription from Talpiot tomb BHe also offers additional photos of other inscriptions from the tomb, also known as the patio tomb.

Tom Verenna offers video evidence from the “Lost Tomb of Jesus” film for a predisposition on the part of the filmmakers and other investigators to find a connection with Christianity.

Paul Flesher has a piece in The Bible and Interpretation about the James ossuary trial. There is also a shorter version on his blog.

Bob Cargill has made a video about skewed visual perspectives of the Talpiot ossuaries.

Steve Caruso follows up with some still images offering perspective-analysis and other angles on the subject (pun intended).

Jim West wrote about the future airing of the documentary about the “Jesus discovery.” He also shared excerpts from an article about the James ossuary trial, and a proposed identification of the fish on the “Jonah ossuary.” I suspect that he may not be entirely serious about that last one, but I am not completely certain.

In related news, Steve Caruso got mentioned by a premiere news organization for his treatment of the Lead Codices.

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  • Ian

    Hmmmm…. Now, I’ve no desire to give succor to the fish, but I don’t buy Bob’s video at all – stuck me as a very amateurish reconstruction.

    For a start off, a series of affine transforms is not and never will be a perspective correction: Bob simply hasn’t done what he claimed.

    Secondly the final shape is mostly a feature of his ratio selection, which is where he goes handwavey “its about this, to about there, roughly this big”.

    Thirdly he doesn’t need perspective correct anyway. He dismisses the distortion of the very short focal length lens (“its roughly straight”, he says about a line with a Huge curve it it), although the distortion is in exactly the direction that he wants to emphasize (i.e. the same one his heuristics on ratio emphasize). IT is highly tendentious to compare that against the set up shot of his monitor.

    Lens correction is tough, but there are specific photoshop plugins to do it. To do it right is hard, however. This is not the way to do it, and all it does is allow Bob to express his biases in a seemingly technical way.

  • Thanks Ian, for this input. I am a novice at photoshop so really not too competent to judge. I do know that we used a wide-angled lens to do the filming and was told by the GE folks that that has to be taken into consideration. Also, if you look at several of the photos they are taken pretty much straight on, not always from the top, and not at the angle Bob chooses for his computer to demonstrate, so one gets a pretty good idea of this image and its relationship to the ossuary as a whole just by going through the photos.