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

Question: Why aren’t the following photos on the thejesusdiscovery.org website?

Answer: Because they reveal without any doubt that there are handles of the same size, shape, and location on both sides of the top rim of the Greek vessel. And fish don’t have handles.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website.  Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Strangely, this image does NOT appear on the thejesusdiscovery.org website. Image courtesy Dr. James Tabor.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Note the handle on the left side of the top of the vessel. Note also the digitally altered 'fish in the margins', where someone placed ink of the same color as the engraved areas into the image.

The image inscribed on the front panel of Ossuary 6 from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Note the handle on the left side of the top of the vessel. Note also the digitally altered 'fish in the margins', where someone placed ink of the same color as the engraved areas into the image.

An over/under comparison of an image of an inscribed on an ossuary from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Note the handles on the side of what Tabor and Jacobovici call a "half fish."

An over/under comparison of an image of an inscribed on an ossuary from the so-called "Patio tomb" in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Note the handles on the side of what Tabor and Jacobovici call a "half fish."

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Holy Photoshop Batman! The “Jonah Fish” Image on Nightline

ABC’s Nightline will run a segment this evening on the forthcoming The Resurrection Tomb Mystery documentary by Simcha Jacobovici.

ABC News has released a short article to accompany the segment this evening.

In part it reads:

Robert Cargill, an assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa, told “Nightline” that the original image of the engraving that Tabor sent him is “clearly displaying the handles” but that the handles do not appear in the image that was distributed to the press.

“There are clearly handles on the top of the so-called ‘Jonah fish’ image, but Tabor and Jacobovici don’t include them in their museum replicas or the CGI image,” Cargill said. “No credible scholar except those that work with or for Simcha on this or some other project believe his conclusions… The evidence does not support their sensational claims. But that doesn’t stop them from wanting it to be true, so in their minds, it’s true.”

And good grief! Is this or is this not the most Photoshopped of all Photoshopped images? It looks like some leftover CGI footage from Avatar. Note that they even rotated it to its side to better resemble the natural disposition of a fish. And is that a drop shadow? What now? Is it going to swim away?

Photoshopped "Jonah image" from Ossuary 6 of the so-called "Patio Tomb" in Jerusalem.

Photoshopped "Jonah image" from Ossuary 6 of the so-called "Patio Tomb" in Jerusalem.

Check out the Nightline segment tonight on ABC. Dr. Mark Goodacre will be featured and represent the scholarly rebuttal to Simcha and Dr. Tabor.

the power of twitter for pseudoarchaeology

Twitter: Because when reason, logic, common sense, facts, evidence, and scholars all say "No," you can always appeal to faith and beg the public to keep the story alive.

Twitter: Because when reason, logic, common sense, facts, evidence, and scholars all say “No,” you can always appeal to faith and beg the public to keep the story alive.

washington post reports on the so-called ‘jonah ossuary’ circus

Simcha points at a blank areaNicolas Brulliard of the Washington Post has filed an excellent report entitled, “Jerusalem tomb houses some of Jesus’s earliest followers, filmmaker says,” critiquing the approaching media circus known as Simcha Jacobovici’s latest Easter season documentary, The Resurrection Tomb Mystery.

The article reports:

“Where we’re standing right here is the beginning,” [Jacobovici] said this week outside the building erected atop one of the two 1st-century tombs. “To my mind, this is the most important archaeological find ever maybe — of the past 100 years for sure.”

Not everyone agrees.

No, not everyone does. In fact, the only people thus far who have even come close to supporting Jacobovici’s claims are those receiving some form of compensation for doing so in the form of cash, honorariums, subsidized trips, consulting credits, co-authorships, or on-air face time. Thus far, not a single scholar not somehow associated with this or another of Mr. Jacobovici’s projects has offered any form of public endorsement of, agreement with, or academic support for his claims. (You can read more about this near unanimous rejection of Jacobovici’s claims here).

“It sounds like they’re trying to act out ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ ” says Robert Cargill, an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa.

And once again:

The reading of the inscription has spurred a healthy amount of discussion among scholars, but Tabor and Jacobovici’s interpretation of one of the carvings has been rejected outright. Where they see a stick-figure Jonah emerging from a great fish heading downward, others see a vase, a perfume bottle or a pillar but no fish and no Jonah.

“The image on ossuary 6 is not Jonah’s great fish spitting out a seaweed-wrapped head of Jonah,” says Cargill, who favors the Greek vessel interpretation. “Fish don’t have handles.”

Handles: fish don't have them.

Handles on a "fish" are more likely handles on a vessel. But why isn't this drawn on the 'museum quality replica' shown to the press??

Handles on a "fish" are more likely handles on a vessel. But why isn't this drawn on the 'museum quality replica' shown to the press??

Give it a read.

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