Actually, it IS ".05 percent." That means it is less than one percent
chance of happening. I agree that it could have been stated clearer.
As for the provenance, yes it is a shame that there is none for this
artifact. However, there are things they can verify. For example, they
can compare the writing style on the ossuary with that of others in the
timeframe and verify the style is equivalent (it is). Then they can
review if any others have the name of both a father and brother on it
(only one does, but there is an example of this occurring). Finally, they
look to see if such an item was used in the timeframe suggested by the
other evidence. It so happens that in Jerusalem, ossuaries were ONLY used
between 20BC and 70AD.
It fits. So there is a high possibility of this being authentic and in
the right timeframe. But imagine having the bones of James!!!!!
Gerald/gary Smith gszion1 @juno.com http://www
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free." -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Marc:Michael Posner quotes Hershel Shanks, of the
Biblical Archaeological Society, as saying that the odds of the 3 names
James, Jesus and Joseph appearing together were ".05 percent." No. The
probability is either .05 or it's 5% -- a mistake of two orders of
magnitude, akin to estimating Toronto's population at 50 000 instead of
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