Biblical Archaeology Review 29:1, January/February 2003

Whose Bones

New Qumran Excavations, New Debates

By Magen BroshiHanan Eshel

Under the headline, “Digging for the Baptist,” the August 12, 2002 issue of Time magazine asked its readers: “Have archaeologists discovered the skeleton of John the Baptist?” Time’s answer: “It’s possible.”

A related story in the Associated Press asked in its headline, “Could they be remains of sect’s leader, or John the Baptist?”

These and other similar stories were based on a press release from the University of Hartford headed, “University of Hartford Archaeologist Finds Remains of Man Who May Be the Missing Link Between Judaism and Christianity.”

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