The story of Jesus' trial and condemnation before the Jewish high priest Caiaphas is not simply a story - it is history.
The discovery of what are doubtless the very bones of the Caiaphas referred to in the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John now lie in the Israel Museum.
In December of 1990 an exceptionally fancy ossuary (bone box) was discovered in a 2,000 year-old tomb in Jerusalem. Inside the box were found, among others, the bones of a 60-year old man.
On the outside of the box was an inscription in Aramaic: "Joseph son of Caiaphas". In the New Testament, the gospel writers name the high priest just "Caiaphas", without a first name.
First century historian Josephus sheds some light on this seeming discrepancy. Josephus identifies the high priest at the time of Jesus as "Joseph Caiaphas". Additionally, he tells us that Caiaphas was the high priest from 18 to 36 AD [Jewish Antiquities 18:35].
This source outside the Bible helps establish the correct name at the correct time. Josephus goes on to exonerate the gospel account with the words: "Joseph who was called Caiaphas of the high priesthood" [Jewish Antiquities 18:95]
The bones of this man who sent Jesus to his death at the hands of the Romans are the first remains of a biblical personality ever discovered.
And a final interesting fact, from archaeologist Zvi Greenhut:
There is a lot more to Thomas than his doubts.
A new collection of miniature portraits of Jesus that fit in any small space.
A wonderful gift for mothers all over the world.
Creatinine and ferritin iron nanoparticles found on the Shroud of Turin.
New Jesus portrait added to our collection.
A beautiful and otherworldly depiction of an exhausted Jesus surrounded by angels.
A lovely locket pendant with miniature Jesus portrait based on the Shroud of Turin.
The Shroud of Turin would be of limited interest as an ancient artifact were it not for the fact that the gospel of Mark mentions that Joseph of Arimathea wrapped Jesus' body in a linen cloth for burial.
A Roman emperor, a census, and a long trip.
Frankincense and myrrh are the original Christmas scents.
Our movie Jesus Alive Again has been accepted to compete at GLSF.
Aromatic resin still in use today as antiseptic and analgesic.
Two newly discovered molecules shine light into the aroma of the ancient resin.
Award of Merit at the Christian Life International Film Festival for our film Jesus Alive Again.
A letter from the year 1389 mentions that the Shroud is on display in a small chapel in France.
Shroud of Turin face, on real linen fabric, framed in gold and black.
A true keepsake, with shadow box elements.
We will be competing at the Christian Life International Film Festival.
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The gospels are an excellent source of information about plants and trees in Palestine 2000 years ago.
A new addition to our gallery of Jesus portraits.
A small scrap of ancient papyrus that caused great excitement a few years ago may be, upon closer inspection, a fraudulent fabrication.
16th century prayer book depicts Shroud of Turin before fire damage.
Andrew and Simon Peter were casting a net into a lake when Jesus approached them.
Stunningly beautiful and well preserved Roman-era mosaics excavated near Tel-Aviv.
A day's wages during Jesus' time.
A few simple sentences describe a momentous event.
A film about one of the most influential events in the history of mankind.
Framed in a distressed and antiqued frame, this Jesus portrait is to be treasured.
2,000 year old discovery in Magdala, Mary Magdalene's home town according to the gospel writers.
Mary of Magdala was part of a group of women who financially supported Jesus' ministry out of their own resources.