[quote author=“George Benedik”][quote author=“rationalrevolution”]Apparently, #1 the bones have been reburied without having been analyzed. This is for “sacred reasons”. These bones need to be recovered and further analyzed.
I don’t understand what it is that they want to analyze. Even if they had a complete body, with a skin and everything else, how would they know that it belonged to Christ? I mean, what would they compare the DNA to? The most they can discover is that the bones would have holes in them. So what? Hundreds of others were crucified by the Romans, of which many, I am sure, were named Jesus.
#1: They only got 2 DNA samples from the insides of the ossuaries. With the bones they could do full DNA analysis to see if the Jesus is the son of the Mary and if the other Mary and the Jesus are the parents of the child Judah.
#2: As you say, they could see if this figure were crucified and estimate his age at death.
If, in theory, they found that the Mary was indeed the mother of the Jesus, and the child was the offspring of the other Mary and the Jesus, and that Jesus had been crucified, then I think that would be a pretty solid lock. It would, at least, go way beyond what they have now.
Of course, it could still be “the Jesus” even if he weren’t crucified, but that would be a harder case to prove.
If they found that the Mary is not the mother of the Jesus, then of course, the whole thing goes down the drain and is disproved.