The Brother of Jesus

The Brother of Jesus

The Dramatic Story & Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus & His Family

By Hershel Shanks; Ben Witherington Iii

HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780060556600, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003


The first definitive account of what scholars and the media are calling 'the most important archaeological discovery' about Jesus and his family.

This is the definitive story of the recent discovery of the first-century ossuary (limestone bone box) with the legend 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus', and its implications for understanding Jesus, his family (mother, father, brothers), his followers, the first Christians and the Jewish Christian movement in Jerusalem that James led. This ossuary is the first ever archaeological discovery directly confirming the existence of Jesus, and his relationship to his father, Joseph, and brother, James, who became the leader of the important Jewish Christian community in Jerusalem. No one is as qualified and well connected to recount the discovery and its authentication as Hershel Shanks, whose magazine first broke the story.

"A scientific detetective story with extremely high religious stakes."

- Time

Praise For The Brother of Jesus

“A most interesting and helpful book...a thorough and balanced job. An essential purchase for libraries of all sizes.”
-Library Journal

“Anyone with an interest in archaeology or the historical Jesus will find this book fascinating.”

“Readers...will learn much about archaeology and early Christianity from this good example of archaeological and biblical popularization.”
-America Magazine