On the Statistics Given Re:”Jesus Ossuary”

Posted by Chris Parker
Feb 27 2007

Posted by lagbnaft on Feb 25, 2007 12:56pm On LinkFilter.net

While I can’t consider myself a neutral witness to this particular news story, it isn’t my faith that is made nervous by it. Rather, it is the years of pop-religion tomes and badly researched conspiracy books that are going to come out of it that have me already irritated. :-)  
 
The case that these fairly common names of the place and time represent a ‘holy family ossuary’ goes like this:  
 
Another estimate, commissioned by Dr. James Tabor, chair of the department of religion studies at the University of North Carolina, puts the odds at one in 42 million. “If you took the entire population of Jerusalem at the time,” says Dr. Taber, “and put it in a stadium, and asked everyone named Jesus to stand up, you’d have about 2,700 men. Then you’d ask only those with a father named Joseph and a mother named Mary to remain standing. And then those with a brother named Yose and a brother named James. Statistically, you end up with one person.”  
 
Since they don’t actually know the family relationships of the people whose ossuaries were apparently found together, that should read more like this.

 ”If you took the entire population of Jerusalem at the time and put it in a stadium, and asked everyone named Jesus to stand up, you’d have about 2,700 men. Then you’d ask only those with a father named Joseph and relatives or close associates named Mary and Yose to remain standing.” My guess is that only about half of those men would have sat down.  

One Response

  1. antiparazi says:

    People will believe what they want to believe, and won’t change their minds, with or without scientific evidence.
    A thriller based on this very same archeological discovery revolves around a fictional early attempt to commercially expose this Talptiot tomb. “The Bone Box” . Great read, whether you believe that Jesus’ bones have been found, or not.

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