È quella che James Charlesworth assegna alle linee alla fine del vaso disegnato sull’ossario di “Giona”. Le linee sono collegate o scollegate solo per avere il risultato desiderato. Sopra, ecco come appaiono tutte le linee: si tratta solo di una decorazione della base. Questo mi ricorda di come i sindonologi leggono iscrizione greche o aramaiche sulla Sindone. Anche Jim Davila è d’accordo con me.


James Charlesworth’s interpretation of the lines and scratches at the bottom of the vase on the “Jonah ossuary” is arbitrary: he connects and/or disconnects them to obtain the desired result. As you can see above, the lines are a decorative motif and there is no inscription. Not a single Jewish ossuary has ever been found with a name inscribed in/near an image. This reminds me how people say they can read Greek and Aramaic inscriptions on the Turin Shroud, but obviously they see something that isn't there. Also Jim Davila agrees.

UPDATE: Stephen Goranson observes: Also, which lines were chosen for the “stick figure” have changed, Compare

http://jamestabor.com/page/3/ (March 5)


http://www.bibleinterp.com/PDFs/Jonah_2012.pdf (April 11)

UPDATE 2: James Tabor writes:

  1. 1. I DO read Jonah, below you say I don't.

  2. 2. Haggai DOES see letters, but he reads the yod as zeta and the nun as lamed. The problem is you said to him that I had claimed he read "Yonah" which I did not and Simcha did not.

My fault, it was due to my bad English. I hope this is now clear (at least, I have understood it...) and I apologize for causing him troubles with epigraphers he consulted. That said, I remain highly skeptical and I’ve asked other epigraphers (Rahmani, Di Segni, Eshel, Galil and Lemaire) for their opinions on this.