https://www.timesofisrael.com/oded-golan-is-not-guilty-of-forgery-so-is-the-james-ossuary-for-real/ is of news article called "Oded Golan is not guilty of forgery. So is the ‘James ossuary’ for real? The failure of a high-profile prosecution for
antiquities fraud perpetuates the mystery of a find hailed as physical
proof that Jesus existed". That article says in part the following.
'Oded Golan, the Tel Aviv collector accused of forging biblical
artifacts, was at the center of a seven-year trial that ended in his
acquittal Wednesday. But he was never its star — that role belonged to
the artifacts themselves.
While the significance of the exoneration for Golan himself is obvious, what it means for the antiquities is less clear.
The most famous of the artifacts is a stone box known as the “James
ossuary,” exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum a decade ago and touted
by some scholars as the first archaeological evidence for the existence
of Jesus. It bears an Aramaic inscription reading, “James, son of
Joseph, brother of Jesus.”
In his ruling Wednesday, the judge went out of his way to say that
the fact Golan had been found not guilty did not mean the artifacts were
His decision to clear Golan of forging the inscription on the James
ossuary, he wrote, “does not mean that the inscription on the ossuary is
authentic or that it was written 2,000 years ago. This will continue to
be studied by scientists and archaeologists, and time will tell.
“Moreover,” he wrote, “it was not proven in any way that the words
‘the brother of Jesus’ necessarily refer to the ‘Jesus’ who appears in
Christian writings.” '
https://www.haaretz.com/1.5191380 is of a news article called "'Naked Archaeologist' Finds Signs Jerusalem Cave Was Used to Bury Jesus' Disciples: Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy-winning documentary director and
producer, hopes findings of current explorations will substantiate his
earlier theory that Jesus was buried in a nearby cave." That article says in part the following.
'Jacobovici, along with the experts he has
enlisted, claims the words are "God" in Greek, the Tetragrammaton (the
traditionally unutterable four-letter name of God in Hebrew ), the word
"arise" or "resurrected" in Greek, and the word "arise" or "resurrected"
This appears to support the claim that
the cave was used as an early Christian burial site because the idea
that a mainstream member of the Jewish community would inscribe an
ossuary with the Tetragrammaton is unlikely; even a prayer containing
this word has never been found on an ossuary.
"It shows us that perhaps this whole area was a very unorthodox area, a different area. Not the Jewish mainstream," said Arav.
Unlike many archaeologists, Israel
Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yuval Baruch - who appears to be the
only Israeli archaeologist other than Arav who has seen the findings -
says Jacobovici could be right.'