Up, around, in, and down. Handles on the so-called “Jonah fish” highlighted in YouTube video

Up, around, in, and down.

Up, around, in, and down.

Up, around, in, and down.

This YouTube video shows clearly that there are handles of the same size, shape, and location on both sides of the top of the graffito inscribed Greek vessel on Ossuary 6 from the so-called “Patio Tomb” in Talpiyot, Jerusalem.

The video also examines Dr. James Tabor’s claims that the lines comprising the handles are merely “imagined,” “made by mistake,” “unconnected,” “randomly scratched,” “stray lines,” “random mark,” “random scratch,” and “not there.”

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to respond below.

For background, see:

Sins of Commission and Omission: Digitally Generated Marginal ‘Fishes’ and Overlooked Handles on the So-called ‘Jonah Ossuary’

YouTube Tutorial on Correcting for Perspective in Photoshop: “Jonah Ossuary” Edition

James Tabor is Correct: ‘It’s Anything But a Fish’: Logical Fallacies in Defense of the “Jonah Ossuary” Theory

YouTube Video: Digitally Manipulated “Fish in the Margins” Imagery on the so-called “Jonah Ossuary”

what handles? these handles. and fish don’t have handles

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7 Responses

  1. Great job, Bob! This is devastating!

    “Fish don’t have handles.” This line cracks me up every time.

  2. [...] in Jerusalem. Representative samples of this (sometimes vigorous) discourse can be found here, here, here, and [...]

  3. [...] and the ossuary which should presumably cease being referred to as the “Jonah ossuary”:Bob Cargill has made another video about the image on the “Jonah ossuary”: The ASOR blog draws attention to a publication discussing that same ossuary, and the image on it, [...]

  4. [...] mouth of “Jonah’s great fish.” (Other scholars have called this a depiction of a vessel of some sort (complete with handles), complete with a base and decorative motifs. Other scholars have suggested the image is the [...]

  5. [...] in Jerusalem. Representative samples of this (sometimes vigorous) discourse can be found here, here, here, and [...]

  6. I see what you refer to as “handles” but why handles? Perhaps they represent something else. Also, what about what appears to be the stick figure of a person and a tangle of something (seaweed?) around his head at the base (or the fish’s mouth). Also, regarding the amphora idea…how can an amphora jug stand upright on a pointed bottom, unless it is intended to be placed in a stand?

  7. hemispherical base, which is what is depicted.

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