Resurrecting The Brother Of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy And The Quest For Religious Relics by Ryan ByrneResurrecting The Brother Of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy And The Quest For Religious Relics by Ryan Byrne

Resurrecting The Brother Of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy And The Quest For Religious Relics

EditorRyan Byrne, Bernadette McNary-Zak

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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In 2002 a burial box of skeletal remains purchased anonymously from the black market was identified as the ossuary of James, the brother of Jesus. Transformed by the media into a religious and historical relic overnight, the artifact made its way to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where 100,000 people congregated to experience what had been prematurely and hyperbolically billed as the closest tactile connection to Jesus yet unearthed. Within a few months, however, the ossuary was revealed to be a forgery. Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus offers a critical evaluation of the popular and scholarly reception of the James Ossuary as it emerged from the dimness of the antiquities black market to become a Protestant relic in the media's custody.

The volume brings together experts in Jewish archaeology, early Christianity, American religious history, and pilgrimage to explore the theory and practice couched in the debate about the object's authenticity. Contributors explore the ways in which the varying popular and scholarly responses to the ossuary phenomenon inform the presumption of religious meaning; how religious categories are created, vetted, and used for various purposes; and whether the history of pious frauds in America can help to illuminate this international episode. Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus also contributes to discussions about the construction of religious studies as an academic discipline and the role of scholars as public interpreters of discoveries with religious significance.

Contributors:
Thomas S. Bremer, Rhodes College
Ryan Byrne, Menifee, California
Byron R. McCane, Wofford College
Bernadette McNary-Zak, Rhodes College
Milton Moreland, Rhodes College
Jonathan L. Reed, University of La Verne

Ryan Byrne is an independent scholar living in Menifee, California. Bernadette McNary-Zak is associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College.
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Title:Resurrecting The Brother Of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy And The Quest For Religious RelicsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:146961457X

ISBN - 13:9781469614571

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In 2002 a burial box of skeletal remains purchased anonymously from the black market was identified as the ossuary of James, the brother of Jesus. Transformed by the media into a religious and historical relic overnight, the artifact made its way to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where 100,000 people congregated to experience what had been prematurely and hyperbolically billed as the closest tactile connection to Jesus yet unearthed. Within a few months, however, the ossuary was revealed to be a forgery. Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus offers a critical evaluation of the popular and scholarly reception of the James Ossuary as it emerged from the dimness of the antiquities black market to become a Protestant relic in the media's custody. The volume brings together experts in Jewish archaeology, early Christianity, American religious history, and pilgrimage to explore the theory and practice couched in the debate about the object's authenticity. Contributors explore the ways in which the varying popular and scholarly responses to the ossuary phenomenon inform the presumption of religious meaning; how religious categories are created, vetted, and used for various purposes; and whether the history of pious frauds in America can help to illuminate this international episode. Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus also contributes to discussions about the construction of religious studies as an academic discipline and the role of scholars as public interpreters of discoveries with religious significance.Contributors:Thomas S. Bremer, Rhodes CollegeRyan Byrne, Menifee, CaliforniaByron R. McCane, Wofford CollegeBernadette McNary-Zak, Rhodes CollegeMilton Moreland, Rhodes CollegeJonathan L. Reed, University of La VerneThis volume of essays sheds important light on the circumstances surrounding the unprecedented way in which the James ossuary garnered near-universal media attention and became a religious relic overnight. The story of how this came to pass in regard to an artifact without provenance and in the possessions of a prominent collector now on trial in Israel for antiquities fraud and forgery, is of genuine interest to the media, public, and academic world alike. In view of the importance of artifacts from the biblical world and an increasing sensitivity to ethical issues relating to archaeology, collecting, and cultural patrimony in general, this volume is most timely and essential reading.--Eric M. Meyers, Duke University, past president of the American Schools of Oriental Research