This is the first I’ve heard about this ‘discovery’-
Israeli scholars say they have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box bearing the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas of the New Testament. The ossuary bears an inscription with the name “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri.” An ossuary is a stone chest used to store bones. Caiaphas was a temple priest and an adversary of Jesus who played a key role in his crucifixion. The Israel Antiquities Authority says the ossuary was seized from tomb robbers three years ago and has since been undergoing analysis. Forgery is common in the world of biblical artifacts. The IAA says in Wednesday’s statement that microscopic tests have confirmed the inscription is “genuine and ancient.”
Here’s the photo, which you’ll want to click to enlarge- it’s quite a big file, courtesy Bar Ilan University- Dr. Boaz Zissu (who also has now been interviewed and the video is available- as Joseph Lauer reports- The Jerusalem Post added a 2:40-minute video interview with Dr. Boaz Zissu to its article (published June 29, 2011) “2,000-year-old ossuary authentic, say researchers”. The article, which was at http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=227184, is now at http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=227184 ) :
Here’s the transcription by Antonio Lombatti
מרים ברת ישוע בר קיפא כהן דמעזיה דבית עמרי
Maria, figlia di Gesù figlio di Caifa sacerdote di Maaziah di Bet ‘Imri
UPDATE: Joseph Lauer sends along the IAA press release- which you can read below – and he also sent along the photos here:
I’ve also asked Yuval Goren for any information he might have.