The tomb is doomed:
The point of the article is to show that the inscription on the ossuary is not "Mariamne", as asserted in the blasphemous tomb movie, but "Mariame kai Mara" (Mary and Martha).
This kills the Tomb story at least two ways:
- it is fairly conclusive evidence that at least two women's bones were placed in the ossuary. Why would someone go to the trouble of carving, in a second hand, as we can see from the shape of the writing, a second woman's name? It cannot be to foil DNA proof regarding the first body Mirame, since DNA was not understood when the names were inscribed. Nevertheless, it does foil the proof, because there is now no way to determine whether the DNA evaluated was Mary's or Martha's.
- it destroys the alleged literary connection to the Acts of Philip, upon which the connection between Mariamne and Mary Magdelene was originally claimed.
Let's see if any official retractions follow.