When the ‘press release’ spewed forth like Jonah from the fish’s mouth Charlesworth and Tabor made a huge deal of it. But now that their claims have been freshly examined and once again found wanting, Charlesworth can’t be bothered to make a comment.
… skeptics [about Tabor/Charleswort’s claims] also point out that the discovery team’s own photos, released before Charlesworth and Tabor began claiming the inscription says “YONAH,” clearly show two unconnected lines rather than a backwards L-shape representing “nun.” Tabor has since released a different picture of the inscription in which the “nun” appears to be unbroken, and has addressed the controversy thus: “The ‘nun’ is not broken. There are some white splotches on the ossuary surface in our close up photos and one of them is at the juncture, which might make it look like the line is broken, but it does intersect.”
The discrepancy between the photos raises further skepticism about the discovery. “Each photograph of the supposed ‘inscription’ seems to paint a different picture, and since the beginning of this debacle a disconcerting number of photographs have been found to be filtered, altered, or mislabeled,” Caruso told Life’s Little Mysteries.
Charlesworth did not reply to requests for comment.
When the photo doesn’t fit, adjust it. That’s the methodology now employed. But that’s not new. The photos of the ossuary have been manipulated a number of times. To no avail however, since no one is convinced of the reading (except, mysteriously, Robert Deutsch and James Tabor and James Charlesworth).
No wonder Charlesworth doesn’t feel like responding to MSNBC. But I’m sure yet another ‘press release’ will turn up soon with yet more ‘evidence’ of the claim that ‘the Jonah ossuary’ features the word ‘Yonah’. These days it’s academics via the press release, right…
- Lombatti on Charlesworth’s ‘Reading’ of the Ossuary (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Academics Via Press Release (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- No, Yonah Isn’t There (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)