Biblical Archaeology Review 41:5, September/October 2015

Predilections—Is the “Brother of Jesus” Inscription a Forgery?

By Hershel Shanks

Although the famous “Brother of Jesus” inscription on an ancient ossuary (bone box) has been authenticated by two world-class paleographers, American paleographer Christopher Rollston has judged the inscription 75–85 percent a forgery on an Easter-time TV program. Is his judgment based solely on his predilection against unprovenanced inscriptions?
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