Even before it went to press, Marjo Korpel’s recent BAR article, “Fit for a Queen: Jezebel’s Royal Seal,” made a splash. Professor Korpel’s bold identification of a seal with the infamous Biblical Jezebel—a claim based on a reconstruction of the artifact—elicited a major critical furor.
Has Joe Zias shown the James Ossuary inscription to be a modern forgery? The implications of the veracity of Zias’s claim are enormous: If it’s true, then the inscription must be a forgery. If it’s not true, then the implications are even greater.