Christopher Rollston on the Miriam Ossuary

Chris is the world’s leading epigrapher (no kidding, and in all seriousness) so when he writes about matters along those lines it’s best to listen.

The recent publication of the “Maryam Daughter of Yeshua” Ossuary (Zissu and Goren 2011) has justifiably garnered substantial attention. The authors are to be congratulated for producing a very strong, detailed, useful editio princeps of this ossuary and its inscription. At this juncture, it is my intent to summarize in a fairly methodical fashion some of the ways in which this new ossuary inscription dovetails with, and augments, our knowledge. My comments are particularly philological and historical in nature.

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