Photo: Jehoash Inscription
According to an article published in Bible History Daily, the Israeli government has appealed a judge’s decision in which he said that the government had not proved that the Jehoash inscription was a forgery.
The Jehoash inscription was part of a legal case in which the Israeli government accused Oded Golan of trafficking in forged antiquity. Below is an excerpt from the article:
The Israel government has appealed Jerusalem Judge Aharon Farkash’s decision in the case of the “Jehoash” inscription, an inscription which, if authentic, would be the only surviving royal Israelite inscription. In the 5-year trial, the so-called “forgery case of the century,” the government alleged that the 15-line “Jehoash” inscription was a forgery; the judge ruled that the government had not proved its case and declined to convict the defendant, Oded Golan.
The archeologists working for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) failed to prove that the Jehoash inscription was a forgery. Now the IAA is appealing the decision of the judge to the judges of the Israel’s Supreme Court. If archeologists failed to prove the authenticity of the object, how will the judges decide on the authenticity of the Jehoash inscription?
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary