I promise, this will be the last time I write about it. But Mark Goodacre’s latest post on this is really enlightening. I’d like to add some opinions I’ve been able to collected on this matter. I asked several professional epigraphers: Do think this is YONAH or a decorative motif at the base of the amphora ossuary? So, here are the answers:


  1. Robert Deutsch reads YONAH

  2. Haggai Misgav reads something else

  3. Stephen Pfann cannot say without an RTI photo

  4. Ada Yardeni thinks it’s a decorative motif

  5. Gershon Galil thinks it’s a decorative motif

  6. Levy Rahmani thinks it’s a decorative motif

  7. André Lemaire says he’s very skeptical about seeing letters

  8. Christopher Rollston thinks it’s a decorative motif

  9. Eshter Eshel thinks it’s a decorative motif


Since even Jesus’ divinity was decided by a majority vote, if we had to decide on this as well, the majority of these epigraphers agree on what I wrote some time ago.