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Out of the Dust: The Ossuary of “James, . . . Brother of Jesus”

TitleOut of the Dust: The Ossuary of “James, . . . Brother of Jesus”
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
Secondary AuthorsS. Kent Brown
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination104-106, 115
Type of ArticleOut of the Dust
KeywordsAncient Near East; Family; Jesus Christ; Ossuary

A recently discovered ossuary with the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” may be the resting place of the bones of James the Just, the brother of the Lord, from the New Testament. Analyses of the carving, the language, and the history of Israeli ossuaries are being undertaken in an attempt to unveil further information on this ossuary. If this ossuary is authentic and corresponds to the correct time period, it can be more strongly proposed that the bones that used to rest inside the ossuary did, in fact, belong to James, the brother of Jesus of Nazareth.