Jesus and the Ossuaries: What Jewish Burial Practices Reveal about the Beginning of Christianity

Jesus and the Ossuaries: What Jewish Burial Practices Reveal about the Beginning of Christianity

by Craig A. Evans
     
 
In 2002 an inscribed limestone ossuary or burial box was taken from a private collection and revealed to the world. The most astonishing thing about this ossuary was the inscription which read 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus'. This book is not about the discovery per se (which is covered in a number of other books) but it seeks to use the discovery as an

Overview

In 2002 an inscribed limestone ossuary or burial box was taken from a private collection and revealed to the world. The most astonishing thing about this ossuary was the inscription which read 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus'. This book is not about the discovery per se (which is covered in a number of other books) but it seeks to use the discovery as an opportunity of highlighting and investigating Jewish burial practices of which it is a part. Putting questions of authenticity asie, Evans discusses a corpus of other ossuaries, largely Palestinian and dating mostly from c.20 BC to AD 70, which provide a context for the find. He explains how these ossuaries and other inscriptions and texts provide insights into burial practices, customs, names, family relationships, social standing, religious beliefs and how they clarify the teachings of the New Testament.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918954886
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
10/24/2003
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
0.41(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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