Jodi Magness – Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James

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L160 Elvenhjem Building
@ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Public Lecture

Time: Thursday, October 14th | 5:00 pm
Location: Elvehjem Building | L160

Prof. Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) presents “Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James.”

In 2002, an ossuary inscribed “James son of Joseph brother of Jesus” surfaced in the hands of a private collector. A few years later, a Discovery Channel documentary and related book claimed that the tomb of Jesus and his family has been found in Jerusalem. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we examine the validity of these sensational claims in light of archaeological and historical evidence for ancient Jewish tombs and burial customs in Jerusalem, including the burials of Jesus and his brother James.

Faculty and Graduate students, please see this workshop.

Jodi Magness is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (category of Philosophy and Religious Studies).  She holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism.




Public Lecture and Workshop sponsored by the Anonymous Fund, Medieval Studies Program, History Department, Art History Department, Institute for Research in Humanities, Middle East Studies Program, and Center for Religion and Global Citizenry.