The ossuary bears an inscription with the name “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri.”
To confirm the authenticity of the ossuary, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who discovered the ancient burial box turned to Dr. Boaz Zissu of the Department of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology of Bar Ilan University and Professor Yuval Goren of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations of the Tel Aviv University.
“The prime importance of the inscription lies in the reference to the ancestry of the deceased – Miriam daughter of Yeshua – to the Caiaphas family, indicating the connection to the family of the Ma’aziahcourse of priests of Beth ’Imri,” wrote Zissu and Goren in the conclusion of their study.
It’s a very cool find, but I’d like you to notice something in particular, and that is the names of Caiaphas’ progeny: His son Yeshua, and his granddaughter Miriam. I mention this because of the rather silly attempt of James Cameron some years ago to try to disprove the Resurrection by claiming an ossuary with the name Yeshua written on it. Yeshua, Yoseph, Yaakov, and Miriam were some of the most common names in 1st Century Judea and Galilee.
Oh, and the ossuary was empty anyway.
Once again, the discoveries of archaeology support the Biblical record, demonstrating that its authors were eyewitnesses to their times.
- The ‘Miriam, Daughter of Yeshua, Son of Caiphas’ Ossuary (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- The ‘Miriam, Daughter of Yeshua, Son of Caiphas’ Ossuary (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Bob Cargill’s Take on the ‘Miriam Ossuary’ (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Ancient High Priest Family Sarcophagus Discovered (israelnationalnews.com)
- Investigator claims 2,000-year-old nails were used to crucify Jesus (dailymail.co.uk)