Biblical Archaeology Review 41:1, January/February 2015

Strata: Looking Behind the Forgery Trial of the Century

Amnon Rosenfeld, an emeritus geophysicist with the Geological Survey of Israel whose obituary appeared in the November/December 2014 issue of BAR,a published an important article that appeared shortly after he was killed in an automobile accident; the article documents the unsavory efforts of the Israel Antiquities Authority illegitimately to establish that the Jehoash Inscription and the James Ossuary Inscription are forgeries.

These efforts ultimately proved unsuccessful by the acquittal of the defendants in the “forgery trial of the century.”b Rosenfeld’s fascinating article is titled “The Antiquities Game—Behind the Trial of the Century” and is published on the website Bible and Interpretation (

  1. Shimon Ilani, Milestone: “Amnon Rosenfeld (1944–2014).
  2. See Suzanne F. Singer, Strata: “Defendants Acquitted in Forgery Trial,BAR 38:03.
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