Ossuar from Jerusalem

Ossuaries made of Jerusalem limestone are typical of cave tombs of the time of Jesus. Such containers held the bones of the deceased of the turn of time. Today it is empty.

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The hope for the arrival of the Messiah was strong in Judea at the time of the Roman occupation. To this end, the raising of the dead was also expected in Jerusalem. Many people were buried there in the caves around the city. To make room, human remains were reburied in bone boxes at that time.

Limestone was a special material. Researchers believe that this form of burial reflects the emerging hope of bodily resurrection at that time: Everything must be in place for the resurrection on Judgment Day. Therefore, the bones are gathered together in a container to await their resurrection.
The name “Kyria” is carved on it

This ossuary is remarkable because a name is carved on it. In Aramaic letters it reads the Greek maiden name “Kyria”. Since the ossuary is small, it is assumed that the bones of a deceased child were buried there. The ossuary is on loan to the Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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