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Jesus and the Ossuaries
What Jewish Burial Practices Reveal about the Beginning of Christianity

By Craig A. Evans

Jesus and the Ossuaries
Paperback, 178 pages $9.95
Published: 1st November 2003
ISBN: 9780918954886
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

In Jesus and the Ossuaries, Craig A. Evans helps all readers, expert and layperson alike, understand the importance this recent find might have for the quest for the historical Jesus and any historical reconstruction of early Christianity. Evans does this by providing an overview of the most important archaeological discoveries, before examining nine other inscriptions (six on ossuaries, three on stone slabs) that pertain in one way or another to the historical Jesus. He then surveys the arguments for and against the authenticity and identification of the recently discovered James Ossuary. Evans concludes his volume with a measured consideration of the historical value of the archaeological data afforded by the several inscriptions.


1. Jewish Burial Practices in Late Antiquity
2. Inscriptions-Non-Burial
3. Burial Inscriptions-Themes
4. Burial Inscriptions-Names
5. Significant Ossuaries for Research in the Historical Jesus

Index of Biblical Literature
Index of Modern Writers

"'If my disciples were silent,' said Jesus, ‘the very stones would cry out.' In this excellent book, they do exactly that. Evans' clear and thorough presentation emphasizes the need to read stone as well as papyrus, to do archaeology as well as exegesis, and to understand that incarnation involves both flesh as well as spirit."

—John Dominic Crossan, DePaul University (Emeritus)


An important contribution to the study of the material culture of biblical times... The volume is informative, well written, well organized, and easy to read... Highly recommended.


CRAIG A. EVANS is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the author or editor of more that 30 books on the New Testament and its Jewish backgrounds. His recent publications include Who Was Jesus? (2001) and The Missing Jesus: Rabbinic Judaism and the New Testament (2003).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 178 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006220, REL015000, REL040010
 Baylor University Press

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