The Talpiot Tomb Jumps the Tropical Fish

The Talpiot Tomb Jumps the Tropical Fish March 21, 2012

Here’s the latest round-up on the Talpiot tomb discussion in the blogosphere.

The title of this post comes from a post by Bob Cargill which responds to the suggestion that the “fish” on one of the Talpiot ossuaries is inspired by a tropical fish. It includes this image which treats the logic of that claim facetiously but effectively.

Tom Verenna’s reference to “leaps in logic” is presumably a funny allusion to the phrase “jumping the shark.” Jim West mixes metaphors to drive a stake through the nail through the heart of the coffin ossuary.

James Tabor posted an example of fish imagery on an ossuary, as well as information about the technical side of exploring a tomb of this sort via camera. He also shared his latest thoughts on the James ossuary.

Steve Caruso notes that some photos used in publicity about the Talpiot tomb have dates in their metadata that don’t mesh with the purported timeline of the investigation.

This photo from 2008 provides perhaps the closest parallel yet.

Christopher Rollston discusses the Aramaic term Mara which featured prominently in the discussion a few years ago regarding Talpiot tomb A. He also offered a post about ancient belief in the resurrection, and a summary and restatement on the four-lined inscription.

Gregory Snyder responds to Rollston’s reading of the inscription mentioned above.

Mike Heiser also blogged about the aforementioned inscription and the discussion pertaining to it.

Mark Goodacre posted on which ossuary is which, and updated with photos.

Jim West gave an award for the dumbest headline about the James ossuary forgery trial.

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  • spinkham

    Unfortunately, none of this is likely to make the news in the way the original release did.

    In other news,
    Heaven is for Real is still one of the top selling books in the USA and has been for about a year and a half since its release.


  • All of the photos of the four-line Greek inscription made available to our consultants are now uploaded on the web site, under photos and images. There are 17 total, including four in negative light. These are completely untouched, unedited, just as they came from the camera. If anyone wants to study them closely I suggest you print them out with a laser color printer, do not enlarge or blow up, as this distorts the pixels. In order to see clearly all the letters one must compare several photos as different angles and light show different features. Taking them all together all the letters become clear, including what we take to be a clear zeta/iota as the first letter of line 2 and a clear iota as the third letter, contra Rollston.

    • Hello Mr. Tabor,

      This seems to be the best way to reach your team, so here goes. 

      I have been watching these discussions with interest in recent days and have decided to solve your little mystery for you and replace it with a much larger controversy. You have discovered something that none of you understand. Now I bring comprehensive proof of the correct solution to this mystery. Sadly for religious leaders, it completely exposes pivotal ancient lies.

      If you actually want to understand what these symbols mean, you first need to understand ancient symbology. No one involved in this project seems to have a clue and thereby all assertions about ancient Hebrew symbols and their interpretations are without any factual support. 

      You can find the balance of my comment here.

      More will follow soon…

  • Here is the link to my initial article on this topic. It expounds on the details from my initial long comment above. Not everyone will like my style, but I solve biblical mysteries, better than anyone alive.

    I will publish further details shortly. The ossuary with dual six point stars surrounded by flowing waters also holds unexpected surprises. The links between star and water symbolism encodes more than you might expect.

    Here is Wisdom…