But as I continued to ponder the matter, a strange fact jumped out at me. The occasion for the New York Daily News article was that the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) had returned the ossuary, or bone box, to its owner, Tel Aviv antiquities collector Oded Golan, after seizing it ten years ago and charging Golan in a criminal indictment with forging the inscription. After a lengthy trial, Golan was acquitted and there was no longer any basis for the IAA to continue to confiscate the ossuary.
Since I was commenting here on a New York Daily News story about the ossuary’s return to Golan, I thought I should also look at what the Israeli press had to say about this dramatic culmination of the IAA’s decade-long attempt to condemn the ossuary inscription.
So how did veteran journalist Matthew Kalman, who wrote the New York Daily News article, know about it? Kalman is the only journalist who has attended almost every session of Golan’s criminal trial. Kalman, as other media personnel, did not witness the return of the ossuary, but some of Golan’s experts and a photographer did. Kalman managed to get the facts from them.
Read about the IAA’s return of the “Jesus Brother” bone box to its owner.
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Thanks, Hershel; I wonder whether you can tell us something new regarding the IAA?
Hershel, after all these years of the hassle, your thoughts were proven correct.
Hershel – what were the other conditions “requested” by the IAA?