Alexander The Fake

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Alexander The Fake

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https://www.dw.com/en/alexander-the-fake/video-66601821

"...with the organ bulging through the cloth: that was never done in Antiquity!"

Excellent video, time well spent watching! (This story has not been posted previously.)


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Re: Alexander The Fake

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The "Spanish Master" towers over Oded Golan
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'Have Fake, Will Travel'

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The Oded Golan Experience? Opened yesterday, only $69* (USD) folks: "Step Right Up!"

Visitors who purchase the $69 tickets will experience an hour-long simulacrum of ancient Israel, telling “the most important story of mankind” through interactive technology, 3D sets, and panoramic sound. The show’s headliner is a yellowed limestone box the size of a large bread box, billed as evidence of Jesus’s existence. Yet most experts on antiquities of the Middle East agree that there is no evidence that the box, known as the James Ossuary, has any connection to the central figure of Christianity.

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None of the “Nazarene” promotional materials mention that the exhibit’s most ballyhooed object was the centerpiece of a long-running trial in Israel regarding allegations of forgery and dealing in illicit antiquities. ... Leading archaeologists were skeptical, and the Israel Antiquities Authority opened an investigation that ultimately led to charges against the ossuary’s owner, Israeli industrial designer Oded Golan. Prosecutors alleged that many of the ancient objects that Golan bought and sold were high-end fakes—often genuinely old objects altered with inscriptions that would appear to connect them to biblical characters.

The upcoming seven-week show in Dallas, which begins August 25, marks the first time the James Ossuary will be displayed in the United States. Organizers chose Dallas because the area’s large and active Christian community “made this a strong location for this attraction,” the Los Angeles–based publicist for “The Nazarene,” John Tellem, said in an email to Texas Monthly. ... Tellem confirmed the show will not mention the object’s controversial legal history. “The inscription has been authenticated by many art historians and archaeologists,” he said. Golan and the show’s executive producer, Robert Bagdasarov, did not reply to my inquiries. Neither did Vladislav Lavrinovich, the CEO of Icon Productions, the show’s promoter.

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As for the artifact that Texans will soon have the opportunity to view, biblical scholar Robert Cargill, an associate professor at the University of Iowa who has written extensively about the ossuary, said it has no archaeological value beyond being an ancient box for burying bones: “This unprovenanced object sells tickets and magazines, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it is once again being paraded about in an effort to make money.”

* Caveat Emptor: there are DIFFERENT tickets being sold, and to see the ossuary IN PERSON !!!! you must buy the priciest tix. Of course.

Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, Or, The New Pilgrims' Progress ... [1869] p.562:
“Not far from here [the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem], was a niche where they used to preserve a piece of the True Cross, but it is gone now. This piece of the cross was discovered in the sixteenth century. The Latin priests say it was stolen away, long ago, by priests of another sect. That seems like a hard statement to make, but we know very well that it was stolen, because we have seen it ourselves in several of the cathedrals of Italy and France.”

Bonus: Phineas Taylor Barnum, Because.
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Leucius Charinus wrote: Thu Aug 24, 2023 3:49 pm The "Spanish Master" towers over Oded Golan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oded_Golan
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The Oded Golan Experience?

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Apparently so. I didn't read so carefully:

The Israel Antiquities Authority confirmed that the ossuary and unspecified other objects are being legally sent to Texas and will be returned to Israel following the exhibition. Under Israeli law, shipping cultural-heritage items abroad requires a license. {Publicist John} Tellem said Golan owns the ossuary and all of the other objects that will be on display, but he wouldn’t describe the other artifacts because the show’s collection has not been finalized. He declined to say how much Golan was paid for the items on loan. “We do not disclose financial details,” he said.

It's actually Golan's collection (and nothing else), the "pieces" he has selected to promote.
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ ... d-the-Life

In The Nazarene, visitors are transported back 2,000 years to walk along the path of faith as the greatest story ever told unfolds across a 30,000-square foot exhibition featuring five narrated galleries and 19 awe-inspiring scenes. The sights and sounds of ancient Israel come alive as powerful portrayals of the most significant events from Jesus’ life. Walk with Jesus in the very places he lived. Hear the clamor of a Jerusalem marketplace and look across the calm waters of the Jordan River. From the Nativity and His Baptism to His Ascension, this is the most dynamic and inspiring exposition of Jesus’ life ever presented, created to unify visitors around the principles of Christianity while conveying His message with a modern experience.

For the first time in the United States, The James Ossuary will be displayed. This limestone bone box believed to have belonged to James, the brother of Jesus, and first bishop of Jerusalem, is the centerpiece of the collection. The James Ossuary is considered by experts as the most important archeological item ever to have been discovered in modern Israel. See hundreds of other important first century items on display including fishing gear from the Sea of Galilee, nails similar to those used in the crucifixion and coins like those given in exchange for the betrayal of Jesus. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the life, culture and traditions of people who lived in the Holy Land at the time of Jesus – the people who knew Jesus, heard his teachings, and followed him. Through these ancient artifacts, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the roots of Christianity.


I'll snark at the Texass/Arkie rubes who buy this hokum, but I'm actually okay w/ it -- 'free country' and all that. The Experience will be wonderful entertainment for devout Xians, and certainly no worse 'archaeologically' than blowing 20 bucks to watch an Indiana Jones movie w/ popcorn in theatre. (Of course I did! No regrets.) I hope they have epiphanies, too: "Take the grandkids, Momma!"

Undoubtedly, it will increase the value of Mr. Golan's collection. Maybe the Washington DC "Museum of the Bible" will make a bid lol

Review:
https://religionunplugged.com/news/2023 ... thenticity

Promo (no relics shown):


Apropos nothing else, the Feejee Mermaid:

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