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Byrne Postscript: Caveats on Errata of Haste

02/06 | Back to Seal Controversy: From Temech to Shlomit Introduction

The most beautiful act of scholarship is a public change of mind in view of new or overlooked evidence. It was what   Read more…

The Statistics Are Not “Nil”

02/01 | Back to “Jesus Tomb” Controversy Erupts—Again

Camil Fuchs, Professor of Statistics, Tel-Aviv University

[The following is a statement circulated by e-mail by Professor Fuchs to fellow Talpiot tomb conference participants.]

Dear All,

Please   Read more…

Ryan Byrne: Hebrew Seals and the Rush to Biblical Judgment

01/31 | Back to Seal Controversy: From Temech to Shlomit Introduction

The Jerusalem Post recently reported that Eilat Mazar, a member of Israel’s most famous archaeological family, had discovered a stamp seal in   Read more…

Shimron Responds to Jacobovici

01/30 | Back to “Jesus Tomb” Controversy Erupts—Again

Aryeh Shimron, formerly of the Geological Survey of Israel

Simcha Jacobovici misquotes at least a portion of my statement at the Jerusalem conference. What I said,   Read more…

Some Very Uncommon Names

01/30 | Back to “Jesus Tomb” Controversy Erupts—Again

Eldad Keynan, Ph.D. candidate in Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University

I was invited to the Talpiot Tomb symposium and had the honor to present two papers.   Read more…

Anson Rainey Critiques Mazar’s Interpretation

01/30 | Back to Seal Controversy: From Temech to Shlomit Introduction

It is obvious that the inscription on the newly discovered seal from the City of David excavations has to be read from   Read more…

Robert Deutsch to Mazar: Reverse Your Reading!

01/30 | Back to Seal Controversy: From Temech to Shlomit Introduction

The reading of personal seals is as clear as the moon in the sky.

In general, a seal’s letters are incised retrograde: once   Read more…

Eilat Mazar’s Reaction to the Criticism of Her Reading

01/30 | Back to Seal Controversy: From Temech to Shlomit Introduction

I accept the suggestion made by Peter van der Veen and followed by many other scholars to read Sh l m t.   Read more…

It’s Very Improbable

01/28 | Back to “Jesus Tomb” Controversy Erupts—Again

André Lemaire, the Sorbonne

The identification of the Talpiot tomb as the tomb of Jesus is mainly based on four arguments:

• the 10th missing ossuary should   Read more…

Simcha Jacobovici Responds to His Critics

01/26 | Back to “Jesus Tomb” Controversy Erupts—Again

Simcha Jacobovici, Director/Author

1. In a statement put out by Eric Meyers and Jodi Magness, also signed by 13 other scholars who attended the conference, the   Read more…


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