BAR 38:02, Mar/Apr 2012
Five Years and Counting—The Forgery Trial
Perhaps by the time these words appear in print, the world will know the result of the so-called “forgery trial of the century.” The case charged five defendants with a vast forgery ring, including forging a bone box inscribed “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” an inscribed ivory pomegranate that supposedly came from Solomon’s Temple, as well as a 15-line inscription that, if authentic, would be the first royal Israelite inscription ever discovered.
Three of the original defendants were dismissed from the case. The case against the remaining two defendants ended in October 2010. Since then, the world has been awaiting Judge Aharon Farkash’s decision.
Matthew Kalman, an Israeli freelance journalist, attended almost every session of the trial, the only journalist to have done so. He has conveniently gathered the statistics for us: