Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri

Is it time for the Biblical Archeological – Media Hype Team to go into action?

Israeli scholars say they have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box bearing the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas of the New Testament.

The ossuary bears an inscription with the name “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri.”

An ossuary is a stone chest used to store bones. Caiaphas was a temple priest and an adversary of Jesus who played a key role in his crucifixion.

The Israel Antiquities Authority says the ossuary was seized from tomb robbers three years ago and has since been undergoing analysis. Forgery is common in the world of biblical artifacts.

The IAA says in Wednesday’s statement that microscopic tests have confirmed the inscription is “genuine and ancient.”

via Israel scholars say biblical burial box is genuine.

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5 Replies to “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri”

  1. So what story shall we concoct around this one? Something like this?

    The young Caiaphas seduced and raped a girl called Miriam/Mary, then cast her aside. She had a son, Yeshua/Jesus, and later married a carpenter called Joseph. The boy grew up hating his father and vowing to overthrow the whole priestly caste, and became an anti-establishment preacher. He also married and had a daughter, named after his mother. Caiaphas had his son arrested and crucified, and took his daughter-in-law and granddaughter into his household. The later followers of Jesus covered it all up by inventing the virgin birth story and removing all references to the wife and daughter who had gone over to the enemy.

    That could make a good film plot. It would also be entirely fictional!

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