In 2002, an ossuary inscribed “James son of Joseph brother of Jesus” surfaced in the
hands of a private collector. A few years later, a Discovery Channel documentary
and related book claimed that the tomb of Jesus and his family has been found in
Jerusalem. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we examine the validity of these sensational
claims in light of archaeological and historical evidence for ancient Jewish tombs and
burial customs in Jerusalem, including the burials of Jesus and his brother James.