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Ossuary of Judah son of Jesus

Ossuary of Judah son of Jesus

Ossuary of Judah son of Jesus

Soft limestone, Aramaic

L: 54 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority


Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

The custom of reburying the bones of the deceased in ossuaries (Bone Boxes) was widespread among Jews of the late Second Temple period, particularly those living in Judea. On the ossuary, relatives would carve the names, lineage, place of origin, or profession of the interred in the spoken languages of the time - Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. The ossuary exhibited here bears names familiar to us from the New Testament, suggesting that the names of Jesus, his relatives, and his disciples were commonly used by the local Jewish population.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew


Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by:
The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir