Antiquities Authority to Rule on Authenticity of James Ossuary

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    (Jerusalem-AP) -- The owner of a box inscribed with the
    words "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" says Israeli
    officials questioned whether it held the bones of the man who the
    Bible calls "the Lord's brother."
    A member of Israel's Antiquities Authority says a unanimous
    conclusion on whether or not the burial box is authentic is being
    announced today.
    One investigator said many questions arose during the
    months-long probe -- adding that its owner, Oded Golan, "didn't
    convince anyone." Golan responds that he had problems with the
    officials' "preconceived notions."
    The Antiquities Authority also is releasing findings on the
    authenticity of another item connected to Golan -- a stone tablet
    inscribed in ancient Hebrew with instructions for maintaining the
    Jewish Temple. Some experts date the so-called "Joash
    inscription" to the ninth century B-C.
     

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