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However, its interpretation and possible connection to the story of the resurrection of Christ are still hotly debated today.
The purpose of this paper is to determine if the Nazareth Inscription is an imperial response to the story of the resurrection of Christ.
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The Nazareth Inscription is a Greek inscription on a marble tablet measuring approximately 24 inches by 15 inches.
The exact time and place of its discovery is not known.
This decree also does not mention bodies or funeral urns being dug up out of the ground.
None of these early articles questioned the authenticity of the Nazareth Inscription. As will be seen, the Greek text of this Inscription and its historical connections provide strong support for its authenticity.First, there is no reference to bodies being dug out of the ground, only of their being “extracted” from tombs and graves.Second, there is no reference to human ashes being scattered or to the urns of cremated individuals being stolen or destroyed.While Froehner did make a Greek miniscule transcription of the original Greek uncial version of the Nazareth Inscription, he never published either the miniscule or the uncial version, and the contents of the Nazareth Inscription remained unknown to the scholarly world for more than fifty years. Franz Cumont about this Inscription in the Paris National Library (Cumont 241-242).In 1925 the Froehner Collection was acquired by the Paris National Library, where the Nazareth Inscription was rediscovered and read by M. With the encouragement of Rostovtzeff, Cumont published a Greek transcription and a translation of the Nazareth Inscription with a commentary in his article CLXII, in 1930.
Third, there is no reference made to coffins, and most Roman inhumation burials of dead bodies were in wood or lead coffins.