Toronto, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- - Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) declares the James ossuary a fake - but is it?
An open forum featuring Israel's leading scientists will discuss the authenticity of what may be the greatest archaeological find or forgery of the millennium.
The panel will be held Sunday July 27 at the Jerusalem Cinemateque at 19:30 following the Israeli premier of Simcha Jacobovici's documentary, James, Brother of Jesus which had exclusive access to the story and aired in over 150 countries world wide. The film uncovers the exclusive details surrounding the controversial discovery of Jesus' name inscribed on a first-century ossuary or "bone box".
If the owner, Oded Golan, is out on bail he will be present at the forum.
The unprecedented find made headlines around the world as it is considered to be the first time that Jesus' name has been found, literally, carved in stone. The ossuary also made international headlines in October 2002, when it broke en route to Canada, where it was restored and exhibited at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) to sold-out crowds.
Last month the James ossuary made headlines again when Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) declared it fake. Now after the screening we will hold a panel discussion involving leading experts, some of whom believe the James ossuary is a forgery and some believe it to be authentic.
Directed by two-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (The Selling of Innocents, The Plague Monkeys), James, Brother of Jesus tracks three stories: Is the ossuary authentic or forged? Where was it found? Who was James, and how did he come to be called "Brother of the Lord"?
In pursuit of the story, Director Jacobovici's fast-paced investigative documentary unravels a 2,000-year-old mystery following tomb robbers, antiquities dealers, scientists and scholars, seamlessly weaving dramatic re- enactments with contemporary footage.
James, Brother of Jesus is an Associated Producers production commissioned by the Discovery Channel and co-produced with Discovery Channel International. The documentary is written and directed by Simcha Jacobovici and produced by Robert Topol, Felix Golubev and Jacobovici.
Simcha Jacobovici, the director, will be in Israel until Monday July 28, and can be reached at + 972 (0) 685 32636.
SOURCE Associated Producers Ltd