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James Tissot, The Tower of Siloam According to the Bible , the Tower of Siloam [ 1 ] was an ancient tower in Siloam in south Jerusalem . In Luke 13:1-5 , in a discourse on the need for individual repentance for sin, Jesus refers to 18 who died when the Tower of Siloam fell on them. Apparently they were innocent victims of a calamity which was due to no fault of those killed. The Tower of Siloam itself is mentioned only in Luke 13:4 as part of a larger passage contained in verses 13:1-5 .
The ark that contains the Sudarium of Oviedo. The Sudarium of Oviedo , or Shroud of Oviedo , is a bloodstained cloth, measuring c. 84 x 53 cm, kept in the Cámara Santa of the Cathedral of San Salvador , Oviedo , Spain . [ 1 ] The Sudarium ( Latin for sweat cloth ) is claimed to be the cloth wrapped around the head of Jesus Christ after he died, as mentioned in the Gospel of John (20:6-7). [ 2 ] The small chapel housing it was built specifically for the cloth by King Alfonso II of Asturias in AD 840; the Arca Santa is an elaborate reliquary chest with a Romanesque metal frontal for the storage of the Sudarium and other relics. The Sudarium is displayed to the public three times a year: Good Friday , the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross on 14 September, and its octave on 21 September. [ edit ] Background and history The Sudarium is severely soiled and crumpled, with dark flecks that are symmetrically arranged but form no image, unlike the markings on the Shroud of Turin .
The Jehoash Inscription is the name of a controversial artifact rumored to have surfaced in the construction site or in the Muslim cemetery near the Temple Mount of Jerusalem . The inscription describes repairs made to the temple in Jerusalem by Jehoash , son of King Ahaziah of Judah , and corresponds to the account in 2 Kings chapter 12 . While some scholars support the antiquity of the patina , which in turn, strengthens the contention that the inscription is authentic, the Israel Antiquities Authority has reported that the inscription is a modern day forgery. [ 1 ] [ edit ] Text of the inscription Transcription [ edit ] Police investigation
The James ossuary is a 2,000-year old chalk box that was used for containing the bones of the dead. The Aramaic inscription: Ya'akov bar-Yosef akhui diYeshua (English translation: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus") is cut into one side of the box. The inscription is considered significant because, if genuine, it might provide archeological evidence of Jesus of Nazareth. [ 1 ] According to the Los Angeles Times , most scholars hold the last part of the inscription to be a forgery. [ 2 ] The existence of the ossuary was announced at an October 21, 2002 Washington press conference co-hosted by the Discovery Channel and the Biblical Archaeology Society .
A re-constructioned photo of artifact reconstructed as if fully intact. Lateral view A drawing of the Hebraic inscription with missing letters shown as faded Hebraic inscription from right to left