- The unusually descriptive inscription sheds light on one of the men involved in Jesus' death.
- The ossuary is thought to come from a burial site in the valley of Elah, southwest of Jerusalem.
- Another inscription discovered recently claiming an ossuary inhabitant to be James' son of Joseph.
Rare inscriptions on a 2,000-year-old burial box may provide fresh insight to the death of Jesus Christ, researchers said.
Called an ossuary, the limestone box could reveal the home of Caiaphas, the high priest involved in the crucifixion of Jesus. The Israel Antiquities Authority, which confiscated the ossuary from looters three years ago, passed it along to Prof. Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology who led the authentication effort.
"Beyond any reasonable doubt, the inscription is authentic," Goren said, after conducting a thorough examination of the limestone box, which boasts decorative rosettes in addition to the inscription.
Goren's findings mean the unusually descriptive inscription sheds light on one of the men behind Jesus' death. The full inscription reads: "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphus, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri," naming the deceased within the context of three generations and a potential location.