The other day while writing my post up using Rahmani’s catalog, I noticed something in image 5 from the Jesus Discovery website. I went ahead and highlighted the image:
It is faint, but it looks like it belongs to the rest if the iconography. Now compare that to my posted images courtesy of Rahmani and the amphora motif is ever more clear.
Now this makes me wonder…I wonder why this is not on the ‘museum quality replica’? And why is this not a part of the ‘composite’ CGI image passed along to media sources? Many questions remain unanswered.
Mark Goodacre posts an excellent article on the side ‘falf-fish’ iconography, suggesting that there are handles clearly depicted on it as well. Check it out. I believe he is correct.
After looking at other photos, it is clear the long red line is part of the border of the image. However, there is a distinct handle on both sides of the ‘tail’, one of which is clear in the image above. I will update this article once I have additional information since, I believe, one of my colleagues will be blogging about this subject relatively soon.
Bab Cargill not only exposes the handle in his recent post on the subject but he eviscerates the argument that we are looking at fish–anywhere–on this ossuary. Well done, Bob!
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