Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1289 Caiaphas Family Ossuary

Caiaphas Family Ossuary

Caiaphas Family Ossuary

In 1990 archaeologists were called to an accidentally opened tomb in the Jerusalem Peace Forest wherein was found a number of ossuaries (carved stone burial chests) from the first century. One of them was identified as the ossuary of Joseph bar Caiaphas, the high priest who confronted Jesus in the gospels. Now we have another ossuary from the Caiaphas family. The Israel Antiquities Authority anti-theft unit recovered an ossuary that had been excavated by tomb robbers in the Elah Valley area. The Aramaic  inscription on this ossuary said, “Miriam Daughter of Yeshua Son of Caiaphas, Priests of Ma’aziah from Beth Imri.”   After careful investigation, this ossuary has been pronounced authentic (in contrast to the ossuary with the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” which is the subject of a lengthy court case). On this program we discuss some of the interesting details that came out of the investigation of this artifact.

Also on this program, a discussion of the Tel es-Safi/Gath excavation, in connection with the visit by an AP reporter.


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