Biblical Archaeology Review 29:1, January/February 2003

Cracks in James Bone Box Repaired

Crowds Flock to Toronto Exhibit

By Hershel Shanks

News of our exclusive cover story in the last issue about the bone box inscribed “James, the son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” has reverberated around the globe. The day after we released the issue of BAR, the bone box, or ossuary, was featured in color on the front page of the New York Times. Articles about the ossuary appeared on the front page of the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune (with a picture of BAR’s cover) and almost every other newspaper in the world. The Jerusalem Post ran an extensive question-and-answer interview with the editor of BAR. We were on ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, etc., etc. Lengthy stories appeared in Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

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