YouTube: “Jonah’s Seaweed Wrapped Head” on the “Jonah Ossuary” from “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery”

I’ve created one more YouTube video that critiques the image that is claimed by filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and Dr. James Tabor to be “Jonah’s Seaweed Wrapped Head” on the so-called “Jonah Ossuary” from a tomb in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. The ossuary is featured in a forthcoming Discovery Channel documentary entitled “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery.”

And just as I’ve written before, the “Seaweed Wrapped Head” of “Jonah” is actually an attempt at a half-spherical base of a Greek vessel etched into the side of the ossuary. Nothing more.

The “seaweed” is nothing more than an etched version of “coloring in” the base, just like the artist “etched in” the top of the vessel (Simcha and Dr. Tabor’s “fish tail”) and many areas of the geometric border surrounding the vessel. Note that the lines are drawn as you’d expect one to draw them were they attempting to represent a half-spherical base.

Finally, the lines that comprise the extra “legs and arms of stick man Jonah” are nothing more than attempts at reproducing the ring of lines that quite commonly appear just above the bases in vessels, as the video clearly shows. Unless you are going to put forward Rorschach tests as archaeological evidence, there is nothing else there.

7 Responses

  1. All the vases you show as similar to the fish (01:20) don’t look like anything found in Jerusalem, definitely not 1st C.CE. ALL of them have “graven images”, they look to me like Aegean/Greek vessels from 2-3 BC.

    Please refer to any 1st Century pottery/glass vase/jug with half-spherical bases. your composite of vases that seem to you similar to the drawing are nowhere to be found.

    If you’re suggesting this is a drawing f a 3rd century BC Aegean vessel, please give some reasoning for it. Otherwise you are misleading, putting things OUT of context and spreading nonsense through the internet.

    Seems like you’re looking at each pixel, instead of loking at the larger picture and the context.

    I just did in Google Images “Aegean vase archaeology”, and what did I find?

    In your video (01:20), on the bottom left the jpg above appears, you can check the source:
    It reads “Andokides Painter, Ajax and Achilles Playing a Game, Bilingual amphora, c525-520 BCE”

    Are you suggesting the 1st century ossuary bears a drawing of 6th century Athenian pottery?

    Sorry to say this, but your reasoning and “composites” are far more misleading than the facts presented by Prof. Tabor and Jacobovici.

  2. jerusalemite,

    you seem to have completely ignored the point in the video where i said, ‘DON’T look at the vessels, just the bases.’ (listen carefully at the 6:30 point in the video) i was just giving the first examples i could find of half-spherical vases, not iconographic comparisons.

    thus your entire argument above is moot. i’m not comparing the vessels, just the bases.

    i AM, however, comparing the vessel to the vessels in antonio lombatti’s image (see the 4:30 mark), which documents several similarly shaped vessels carved into ossuaries, and they even have handles.



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