[b-hebrew] ossuary claims; dates
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 24 09:06:57 EST 2007
" Can we, for starters, conclude that at least one of the above claims
is false? "
asks Stephen Goranson http://www.duke.edu/~goranson
"Jannaeus, His Brother Absalom, and Judah the Essene?"
The answer, for starters, depends on our expertise in Second
Temple paleography and onomasticon, and especially the
sciences involved in establishing authenticity of the physical
evidence such patina and the ossuaries (see the Krumbein report,
It is true that absence of knowledge, or half knowledge, does not
stop people on this list and others from regurgitating partially digested
opinions, so the question can be regarded as retoric.
And whether the question is within the sphere of this particular
list is another matter.
Since the question also includes the name of someone
accused of forgery, let me just point out that in this country indictment
does not equal conviction, neither does it in Israel (as anyone who
follows even cursurily the domestic scandals there knows).
Personally,as they say, I have no opinion on this issue.
Uri Hurwitz Great Neck, NY
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