A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land
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In 2002, an ancient limestone box called the James Ossuary
was trumpeted on the world's front pages as the first
material evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ. Today
it is exhibit number one in a forgery trial involving
millions of dollars worth of high-end, Biblical era relics,
some of which literally re-wrote Near Eastern history and
which could lead to the incarceration of some very wealthy
men and embarrass major international institutions,
including the British Museum and Sotheby's.
Set in Israel, with its 30,000 archaeological digs crammed
with biblical-era artifacts, and full of colorful
charactersâ€”scholars, evangelicals, detectives, and
millionaire collectorsâ€”Unholy Business tells the incredibly
story of what the Israeli authorities have called "the
fraud of the century." It takes readers into the murky
world of Holy Land relic dealing, from the back alleys of
Jerusalem's Old City to New York's Fifth Avenue, and
reveals biblical archaeology as it is pulled apart by
religious believers on one side and scientists on the other.
Talk of the Nation - November 17, 2008
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