- Historians are debating whether or not Jesus had a brother named James
- The question was prompted by an inscription found on a coffin in 2002
- The inscription read: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus"
A new documentary features historians debating whether or not Jesus Christ had a brother named James.
The documentary, titled Biblical Conspiracies: The James Revelation, is being shown in the Science Channel.
The debate was prompted by an inscription on a coffin that first made international headlines in 2002. The coffin, some believe, contained the remains of Jesus' brother.
However, most historians believe the ossuary and its inscription are fake. Oded Golan, the ossuary's owner, was even arrested for forgery of the inscription but was later acquitted.
Professor James Tabor, a professor of Christian origins and ancient Judaism, told CNN: "Some people still think it is a forgery and it is just being hyped to make money. As far as I know, Golan has not made money from it."
Regarding the controversy of Jesus having a brother, opinion is similarly divided. Professor Tabor said: "Some say it is a cousin, some say it is a stepbrother, some say it is an actual brother that Mary had other children – so, that makes it controversial."
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