One more scholar chimes in on this issue…
After explaining that he was bound by a non-disclosure agreement and his prior knowledge of ‘The Jesus Discovery’, Bauckham writes
The inscription is actually very clear, especially when several photos of it are consulted. I think it is true that Tabor, Snyder and myself, having explored various possible readings of some characters, agree that the very probably correct reading is
He then meticulously describes the significance of each of these lines, concluding
I propose the translation:
Belonging to Zeus IOAI.
I, Hagab, exalt (him/you).
I do not think the inscription has anything to do with Jesus or early Christianity, but I do think it is one of the most interesting of ossuary inscriptions and that it has a contribution to make to our understanding of early Judaism.
So, once more, there is no connection between Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, a fish, or anything else Tabor and…
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