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.
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 over 30 books on the New Testament and its Jewish backgrounds.
PrefaceIntroduction 1. Jewish Burial Practices in Late Antiquity2. Inscriptions-Non-Burial3. Burial Inscriptions-Themes4. Burial Inscriptions-Names5. Significant Ossuaries for Research in the Historical JesusConclusion AbbreviationsBibliographyIndex of Biblical LiteratureIndex of Modern Writers