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Most interesting man judges
beard contest; girl's dad wins
SHOCKING FIND IN ISRAELI WAREHOUSE
MONTPELIER, Vt. - A man who
helped pitch Dos Equis beer as the Most
Interesting Man in the World turned his
attention from his favorite beer to his
favorite beard by judging a competition
called Vermont Beardies.
Actor Jonathan Goldsmith, who lives
in Manchester and sports a closely
cropped white beard that he maintains
with a lice comb given to him by a vet-
erinarian, was one of four judges who
chose the contest's winner in Burlington
This year's honors went to Bryan Sturge,
of Barre, who hasn't cut his beard in
almost two years.
The event benefits Make-a-Wish Ver-
mont, which helps grant wishes to chil-
dren living with life-threatening condi-
tions. Organizers said Saturday night that
they'd raised nearly $30,000.
The competition was judged in three
categories: urban beard, freestyle and
backwoods. Each contestant also had to
tell an interesting story about his beard.
Out of the more than 100 original
entrants, the top 30 were invited to the
Sturge entered the backwoods compe-
tition as a tribute to his 11-year-old
daughter Zoey, who died of cancer in
2013 before her Make-a-Wish request to
go to Disney World and swim with the
dolphins could be granted.
When Zoey was sick, Sturge promised
Zoey he wouldn't shave until she got
better. After she died, he shaved a cou-
ple times but always regrew his beard.
He said he entered the contest to give
back to Make-a-Wish so that other chil-
dren could be granted wishes that Zoey
never got to experience.
Goldsmith, who spent nine years as
the pitchman with the gravelly voice for
Dos Equis, said there are a few things
he's looking for in a winning beard.
"The character of the beard, how it
brings forth something indigenous to the
individual, something personal," Gold-
While the premise of the contest is
humorous, the reason for it can be
"It's a promise that we made," Sturge
said. "It's love. It's a memory. It's how
she last saw me, with a beard. She didn't
want me to shave it because of our prom-
ise. I offered to shave for her so she could
see me without it. She said, 'No, that's
not the deal"
Clues about Jesus' life, death
BEIT SHEMESH, Israel - In a cavernous
warehouse where Israel stores its archae-
ological treasures, an ancient burial box is
inscribed with the name of Jesus.
Not THAT Jesus. Archaeologists in Israel
say Jesus was a common name in the Holy
Land 2,000 years ago, and that they have
found about 30 ancient burial boxes inscribed
Ahead of Easter, Israel's antiquities author-
ity opened up its vast storeroom to report-
ers on Sunday for a peek at unearthed arti-
facts from the time of Jesus. Experts say
they have yet to find direct archaeological
evidence of Jesus Christ, but in recent years
have found a wealth of material that helps
fill out historians' understanding of how
Jesus may have lived and died.
"There's good news," said Gideon Avni,
head of the archaeological division of the
Israel Antiquities Authority. "Today we can
reconstruct very accurately many, many
aspects of the daily life of the time of Christ."
Israel is one of the most excavated plac-
es on the planet. Some 300 digs take place
each year, including about 50 foreign expe-
ditions from as far away as the United States
and Japan, the Antiquities Authority said.
About 40,000 artifacts are dug up in Isra-
el each year. A third of all the antiquities
found attest to the ancient Christian presence
in the Holy Land, Avni said. Historians now
know how long it took to travel between
cities and villages where Jesus preached, and
what those places looked like at the time.
Avni said knowledge of the period has
advanced over the past 20 years. "We can
reconstruct precisely how the country
looked," he said.
In a brightly-lit, 5,000-square meter
(54,000-sq. feet) warehouse crammed with
stacks of ancient jugs and pottery sherds
- what the Antiquities Authority calls its
"Ali Baba cave" of ancient treasures - offi-
cials set up a simple white table with finds
from the time of Jesus.
There were well-preserved limestone
drinking cups and dishes, widely used by
Jews in the Holy Land at the time as part
of their strict practice to ensure the ritual
purity of their food. There was an intricate-
ly decorated limestone burial box belonging
to a scion of the high priest Caiaphas, known
in the New Testament for his involvement
in delivering Jesus to the Roman authorities
who crucified him. In ancient times, families
would gather the bones of the deceased and
place them into boxes known as ossuaries.
They also showed off a replica of a major
artifact located in the Israel Museum in Jeru-
salem - a heel bone pierced by an iron nail
with wood fragments on each end, discovered
in a Jewish burial box in northern Jerusalem
dating to the 1st century AD. To date, it's
the only evidence found of a victim of Roman
crucifixion buried according to Jewish cus-
It has helped archaeologists reconstruct
how the man was crucified - with his feet
nailed to the sides of the cross. Avni said
Jesus may have been crucified in the same
manner, unlike the way the crucifixion is
depicted in traditional Christian art.
Across from cardboard boxes marked
"bones" from Bethsaida of the New Testa-
ment, a massive stone block sat on a wood-
en crate on the warehouse floor. The stone
bears an apparent carved depiction of the
Second Jewish Temple, and was discovered
in 2009 at the site of an ancient synagogue
on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Archae-
ologists have suggested Jesus may have
preached in the synagogue.
Avni said there is no reason to believe
Jesus did not exist just because archaeologists
haven't found physical evidence of him. "You
have to remember that Christ was one among
more than a million people living during this
time in the Holy Land," he said.
Yisca Harani, an Israeli scholar of Chris-
tianity, said the lack of physical evidence of
Jesus is a "trivial mystery."
"Why do we expect in antiquity that there
would be some evidence of his existence?"
Harani said. "It's the reality of human life.
It's either rulers or military men who had
their memory inscribed in stone and arti-
She said what remained of Jesus "are his
An ossuary with an inscription of Hebrew letters forming the word "Yeshua", or Jesus, is stored
in Israel's antiquities authority storeroom, in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Israel's antiquities authority opened up its vast storeroom to reporters Sunday for a peek at
select artifacts from the time of Jesus. Experts say they have yet to find direct archaeological
evidence of the Jewish preacher who died on the cross and changed the course of history.
FILE - In this March 28, 2016 file photo, Jonathan
Goldsmith works on a public service announcement at the
Make-A-Wish Vermont office in Burlington, Vt. Goldsmith,
who appeared for nine years as the "Most Interesting Man
in the World," in Dos Equis beer commercials, will return
to Burlington on Saturday, March 18, 2017, to help judge a
best beard contest to support the Vermont chapter of the
Make a Wish Foundation. (AP Photo)
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