Source: Ann. Appl. Stat.
Volume 2, Number 1
We critique the analysis by A. Feuerverger of an archaeological
find that has been alleged by some to be the tomb of Jesus of
Nazareth. We show that his analysis rests on six faulty
assumptions that have been severely criticized by historians,
archaeologists, and scholars in related disciplines. We
summarize the results of an alternative computation using Bayes’
theorem that estimates a probability of less than 2% that the
Talpiot tomb belongs to Jesus of Nazareth.
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