There will not be a 10th-anniversary showing of the James ossuary later this year at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. “We’d need something new to say about [the ossuary],” said Dan Rahimi, the ROM’s vice-president of gallery development. “If we have nothing new to say about it, it would just be sensationalism. … I don’t really think we’re in a more advanced position than before so I wouldn’t bring it back.”
Aww… Shanks will be very disappointed. After all, it was his doing to drag it there in the first place.
Mr. Rahimi, the ROM’s director of collections management at the time, said the museum was first approached as a possible exhibitor of the ossuary by Hershel Shanks, the U.S.-based editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, described by The New York Times as “the world’s most influential amateur biblical archaeologist.” Mr. Shanks was (and remains) an advocate for the ossuary’s authenticity. He felt the ROM would be the perfect place to present it because Toronto was on tap to host conventions of three major organizations, including the Biblical Archaeological Society.
I wonder where Shanks/Golan/Simcha/Tabor will take it since they don’t want it in Toronto. It will make the perfect companion display for the ‘Jesus Discovery’ ossuary because they’re both bookends. Bookends of exaggeration and misrepresentation that is. Two for the price of one! Come one, come all, see what people can do when they put their minds to it (and there’s money to make from it).