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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 Jesus is named only Yeshua with no patrononymic (i.e., “son of”). Why then would the name ‘Yeshua son of Yehosef’ be inscribed on an ossuary of a person known only as Yeshua? More likely an inscription on the ossuary of Jesus would have been ‘Yeshua from Nazareth’ or ‘Yeshua son of Mariame’.”

Prof. Rachel Hachlili

Zinman Institute of Archaeology

University of Haifa

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