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10/29/2002 - Jerusalem

ISRAEL ALLOWING EXPORT OF BURIAL BOX LINKED TO JESUS' BROTHER

Israel has granted a four-month export license for an ancient burial box that may be the oldest archaeological link to Jesus. The limestone box, or ossuary, bears the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" in Aramaic. The ossuary, which belongs to a private Israeli collector, is expected to be exhibited at a gathering of religious scholars in Toronto this fall. The export license was granted before Israeli officials understood the nature of the find, and to examine it they will now have to wait until the burial box returns to Israel by the end of February. The Israel Antiquities Authority may then examine it for up to 90 days and, if deemed authentic, try to buy it from the collector.
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