Skip to: Site Menu | Main content

The Hebrew Name “YONAH” Embedded in the Image of the Fish on the Talpiot Tomb Ossuary

Although it might be possible the engraver would write “Jonah” on a vase, amphora, perfume flask, or pillar, it seems more likely his or her intent was to represent the image of resurrection through Jonah and the fish, a symbol known in this period only in the gospel of Matthew.

See Also:

A Perfume Flask or a Fish?

A Preliminary Report of a 1st Century Tomb. (Updated Version 3/16/12)

By James D. Tabor
Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies
UNC Charlotte
April 2012

To read this article in its entirety, we have presented it here in PDF format.