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Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus – The James Ossuary Controversy and the Quest for Religious Relics - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy and the Quest for Religious Relics

Ryan Byrne and Bernadette McNary-Zak


In 2002 a burial box of skeletal remains purchased anonymously from the black market was identified as the ossuary of James, the brother of Jesus. Transformed by the media into a religious and historical relic overnight, the artifact made its way to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where 100,000 people congregated to experience what had been prematurely and hyperbolically billed as the closest tactile connection to Jesus yet unearthed. Within a few months, however, the ossuary was revealed to be a forgery. This book offers a critical evaluation of the popular and scholarly reception of the ... More

Keywords: James Ossuary, Jesus, ossuary phenomenon, pious fraud, Royal Ontario Museum, artifact, forgery

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832981
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895498_byrne


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Byrne, editor

Bernadette McNary-Zak, editor

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Ryan Byrne & Bernadette Mcnary-Zak


Ryan Byrne & Bernadette McNaryZak

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