Bone Box Report
A couple of years ago a controversy sprang up about a bone box that bore the inscription James, son of Joseph, brother
of Jesus. This finding brought much more controversy over the bone box. There are two main arguments about the bone box.
The first argument is that the bone box is a fake. One advocate fore this side of the argument is Robert Eisenman of
California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Eisenmann called the bone box too perfect. Mr. Eisenmann believes that the
bone box was created by some extremely clever forger. This would then fit Mr. Eisenmanns view point that the New Testament
is fictional. Few other scholars agree with Mr. Eisenmanns belief that Jesus even existed. Another belief is if this is
actually the Jesus of Nazareth or is it a different Jesus. The inscription might also be talking about a different James
and Joseph, since these names were especially common around this time.
The second argument is in favor of the authenticity of the bone box. The advocate for this view of the bone box, Rev.
Ben Witherington III of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, is the complete opposite of Mr. Eisenmann. Rev.
Witherington believes that the New Testament is a reliable piece of history and fully believes with the authenticity of the
bone box. There is more evidence to the authenticity with the actual inscription. The inscription reads James, son of Joseph,
brother of Jesus. It is highly unusual for both the fathers and brothers name to be mentioned. That is unless the brother
was remarkable or famous, which Jesus certainly was. This shows that this is really the Jesus of Nazareth. Also, the box
was also proved to not be an extremely clever forgery when the box was tested and proven to be from about 20 B.C.- 70 A.D.