The Biblical archaeology world has been abuzz ever since Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch were declared not guilty in the March 14th James Ossuary forgery trial verdict. The verdict sparked renewed discussion of the authenticity of the alleged forgeries, but sadly, much of the discussion on the forgery trial verdict and the James Ossuary ignores the wealth of scholarship available on the artifacts and trial.
The Biblical Archaeology Society and its founder Hershel Shanks have followed every twist and turn in the five-year James Ossuary inscription forgery trial. From epigrapher André Lemaire’s 1984 analysis of the ivory pomegranate, a First Temple artifact whose authenticity was debated early in the trial, to “Verdict: Not Guilty,” a special report by Hershel Shanks analyzing the forgery trial verdict on the day of its announcement, the Biblical Archaeology Society has consistently provided scholarly analysis of the archaeological facts and their implications for the trial.
After five years, the “forgery trial of the century” has concluded in a Jerusalem courtroom and defendants Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch have been acquitted of all forgery charges. In our free eBook James, Brother of Jesus: The Forgery Trial of the Century, Hershel Shanks explains why he believes the now-famous “James Ossuary” inscription is authentic. Plus, he provides behind-the-scenes analysis of the trial and its key players.