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Statistics and common sense

Statistics and common sense
Should we throw out common sense? During the course of the year I have heard that common sense can be deceiving with respect to probabilities and statistics. In fact, the theolo… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/statistics-and-common-sense/

Fair Representation II

Fair Representation II
A comment has been added to our post "Fair Representation" of yet another participant in the Jerusalem Tomb Symposium who wants to be fairly represented by speaking for himself. (… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/fair-representation-ii/

"Jose (or is it Jehoseph?) and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat"

"Jose (or is it Jehoseph?) and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat"
The Varied Faces, Names and Shades of Color of the Josephs of History. (Just to name a few)   Throughout the history of Israel and the Jewish people there have been many Jo… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/jose-or-it-jehoseph-and-his-amazing-technicolor-dream-coat/

"Yoseh, can you see?": checking the sources (updated)

"Yoseh, can you see?": checking the sources (updated)
Throughout the year there has been an emphasis by supporters of the "Jesus Family Tomb" hypothesis as to how very rare the name "Yoseh" was during the Second Temple Period, based … http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/yoseh-can-you-see-checking-sources-updated/

"Do you know the way to San Jose?"

"Do you know the way to San Jose?"
With the ossuary of Mary Magdalene generally accepted as a pipe dream of only a few, certain of the remaining Jesus Tomb theorists are willing to place their bets on this ossuary … http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/do-you-know-way-san-jose/

Resealing the Ossuary Lid: The Straight and the Narrow (according to additional diagnostic features)

Resealing the Ossuary Lid: The Straight and the Narrow (according to additional diagnostic features)
Forensic handwriting analysts look for distinct diagnostic features to identify or distinguish various individuals, including slant, size, overall form and shape of letters; the c… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/resealing-ossuary-lid-straight-and-narrow-according-addition/

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different Strokes for Different Folks
With or without an "eye for form", it is still possible to distinguish between various scribal hands and forms of script (that is, cursive vs. semicursive vs. standard, etc.). Ano… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/different-strokes-different-folks/

An "Eye for Form" (updated)

An "Eye for Form" (updated)
Although most of those interviewed can quickly see the difference between the two parts of the Mariame kai Mara inscription, it appears that there are a number of scholars, even e… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/eye-form-updated/

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line
On the "Jesus Dynasty Blog", James Tabor had some issues with the Duke University Statement, one of which bears upon the epigraphy panel: 2. In fact, epigraphers at the confe… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/bottom-line/

Statisticians clarify "Without Mary Magdalene . . . "

Statisticians clarify "Without Mary Magdalene . . . "
"Another revelation concerned Andrey Feuerverger, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Toronto, who had done the initial statistical study that concluded… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/statisticians-clarify-without-mary-magdalene/

The Media and Three Surveys by the Tomb Symposium Participants

The Media and Three Surveys by the Tomb Symposium Participants
Assessment of the Facts: The Media and Three Surveys by the Tomb Symposium Participants on The Third Princeton Symposium on Judaism and Christian Origins "Jewish Views of the… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/media-and-three-surveys-tomb-symposium-participants/

Rushing to Press on Ruth Gat

Rushing to Press on Ruth Gat
On the last night of the Talpiot Tomb Symposium, the statement by Joseph Gath's widow Ruth had the archaeological community mystified. She provided the assembled scholars and medi… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/rushing-press-ruth-gat/

Stephen Pfann's Statement: the long and the short of it

Stephen Pfann's Statement: the long and the short of it
"This is my statement: I believe that there is enough evidence from the papers at the conference to form the following conclusions: on DNA Mark Spiegelman, the teacher of… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/stephen-pfanns-statement-long-and-short-it/

Rachel Hachlili's Statement

Rachel Hachlili's Statement
"A short additional statement: The East Talpiyot tomb could not be identified with a tomb of Jesus of Nazareth for a significant reason: In all references in the New Testament J… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/rachel-hachlilis-statement/

Jane Schaberg's Statement

Jane Schaberg's Statement
"My contribution: In my judgement, the tomb is not the tomb of the family or dynasty of Jesus, but perhaps of important members of the movement. Various readings of the possib… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/jane-schabergs-statement/

Christopher Rollston's Statement

Christopher Rollston's Statement
"I have argued in print (in the journal Near Eastern Archaeology) and at the Princeton Symposium that because (a) the names attested on the inscribed Talpiyot ossuaries are all qu… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/christopher-rollstons-statement/

Fair Representation

Fair Representation
In case our readership is wondering why these recent statements from symposium members have made their way into this web site, here is the letter that prompted them: "Dear fello… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/fair-representation/

James Tabor's Statement

James Tabor's Statement
"I wanted to add my statement to your collection. The Blog entry today was not my views on the tomb, but some overall comments on the conference as a whole. Here is my statement… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/james-tabors-statement/

The Assessments of April DeConick, Christopher Rollston and James Tabor (blogs)

The Assessments of April DeConick, Christopher Rollston and James Tabor (blogs)
The following statements by symposium participants are more lengthy and were produced on the following blogs: Prof. April DeConick's statement on the conference: forbiddengospel… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/assessments-april-deconick-christopher-rollston-and-james-ta/

Israel Knohl's Statement

Israel Knohl's Statement
This is Israel Knohl's statement: "Here is what I have to say: The dramatic recent discovery of the "Gabriel Revelation" tells us that the Christian beliefe in the rising of J… http://www.uhl.ac/old/index.php/en/resources/blog/israel-knohls-statement/

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