Relying on the names inscribed on the ossuaries
, along with supporting evidence from scholars and the Gospels themselves, the film concludes that the Talpiot Tomb, largely overlooked by Israeli officials, is the tomb of Jesus and his family.
To me, this is convincing, but more comparisons with ossuaries
from other tombs need to be done.
From a terraced cone of ossuaries
surmounted by a chapel (Fig.
But Tabor, Jacobovici and Rami Arav, an archaeologist and professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, say what's unique about these two ossuaries
are their inscriptions and carvings.
Dispensing almost entirely with periods and resorting to strategic uses of the comma, Ossuaries
is both gloriously and maddeningly paratactic, enforcing connections between objects, ideas, sensations, and actions without explicitly indicating what those connections might be.
Moreover, when questioned about the history of the often weathered or overgrown remains of pre-Christian ossuaries
and shrines still visible in the landscape, people admit that they do not know who made them or whose bones might be deposited in them.
No one made much of the names on the ossuaries
-- "Jesus, Son of Joseph," "Mary," "Matthew," a diminutive of "Joseph" (one of Christ's brothers), one suggested to have belonged to Mary Magdalene (based on writings centuries after her death) and "Judah, son of Jesus" -- until executive producer James Cameron (who's well-known for thinking big) and documentarians Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino united two years ago.
aeiou words: armigerous, epuration, inquorate, ossuaries
, uvarovite lesser-known counterparts: epizootic, anile, estivate, thegosis, trilemma reversible words (semordnilaps): avid, ogre, debut, nonet, rebus words for odds & ends: aglet, chad, tittle, grommet, pintle spell-checker demons: impassible, wether, specie, angary, demur words from placenames: Ultima Thule, El Dorado, Timbuktu, Brigadoon, stoic
did not mention siblings, implying that Jesus was someone well-known and important.
Dunn, concludes that archaeological evidence contributes little to an understanding of Romans, Sardis and Melito, Colossians, or Sepphoris; much more promising is the evidence for Jewish ossuaries
, mikwaot (ritual baths), and synagogues in Palestine.
I would be eager to engage this colleague in conversations about topics that he did not include, such as the use of ossuaries
(charnel houses, as the British prefer to call them) and the difficulty with which Protestants eliminated them; the gradual trend, well advanced by the seventeenth century, toward the use of coffins and mourning clothes; and--a theme on which he just touches--the eagerness of Lutheran (and Calvinist) pastors to rein in the grieving of the bereaved.
156) Catholics believed in the post-burial reintegration of ancestors into the communal ossuaries
, but this was a practice that reformers tried to end as soon as possible.