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Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus
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In 2002 a burial box of skeletal remains purchased anonymously from the black market was identified as the ossuary of James, the brother of Jesus. Transformed by the media into a religious and historical relic overnight, the artifact made its way to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where 100,000 people congregated to experience what had been prematurely and hyperbolically billed as the closest tactile connection to Jesus yet unearthed. Within a few months, however, the ossuary was revealed to be a forgery. ###Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus# offers a critical evaluation of the popular and scholarly reception of the James Ossuary as it emerged from the dimness of the antiquities black market to become a Protestant relic in the media’s custody.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Archaeological Context and Controversy: The Bones of James Unpacked
  2. pp. 19-30
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  1. The Brother of Jesus in Toronto
  2. pp. 31-58
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  1. Finding True Religion in the James Ossuary: The Conundrum of Relics in Faith Narratives
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. Christian Artifacts in Documentary Film: The Case of the James Ossuary
  2. pp. 73-136
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  1. Anatomy of a Cargo Cult: Virginity, Relic Envy, and Hallowed Boxes
  2. pp. 137-186
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  1. Overcoming the James Ossuary and the Legacy of Biblical Archaeology
  2. pp. 187-206
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  1. Epilogue: Objects, Faith, and Archaeoporn
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-215
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