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Dr. Feuerverger indicates that an accurate interpretation of his results are to be
found at his recently updated “Tomb Computation” link on his University of Toronto
website. Please note the following excerpts from that website:
A. It is not in the purview of statistics to conclude whether or not this
tomb site is that of the New Testament family. Any such conclusion
much more rightfully belongs to the purview of biblical historical
scholars who are in a much better position to assess the assumptions
entering into the computations.
B. The role of statistics here is primarily to attempt to assess the odds of
an equally (or more) `compelling' cluster of names arising purely by
chance under certain random sampling assumptions and under
certain historical assumptions In this respect I now believe that I
should not assert any conclusions connecting this tomb with any
hypothetical one of the NT family.
C. The computations do not take into account families who could not
afford ossuary burials or who did not have sufficient literacy to have
their ossuaries inscribed, and does not take into account families
living outside of the Jerusalem area.
MARY MAGDALENE IS NOW MISSING:
A CORRECTED READING OF RAHMANI OSSUARY 701
SUMMARY POINTS OF DISCUSSION:
*The original transcription of the inscription was incorrect.
*The inscription does not read “Mariamene the Master”nor does the name Mariamene or Mariamne appear on the ossuary at all.
*The inscription reflects the writing of two distinct scribes who wrote in different forms of the Greek script.
*The correct reading of the inscription is “Mariame and Mara,” based on parallels from contemporary inscriptions and documents.
*The ossuary thus contained the bones of at least two different women, interred at two separate times, one named Mariame and the other Mara.
*No support exists for ascribing the ossuary to Mary Magdalene.