It seems clear that one of the more fascinating elements of this discussion are the stats and how they were put together. See the recent comments sidebar below- Correspondence and new Stat Facts. I also have recieved a paper from Charles Quarles of Louisianan College on this and other elements. Here are soem highlights.On Mary Magdalene claim:"One of the key elements of the statistical argument offered by the book is the assumption that “Mariamne also called Mara” is Mary Magdalene. The Jesus Family Tomb claims that the Acts of Philip refers to Mary Magdalene as Mariamne. Since our earliest extensive manuscript of the Acts of Philip is a 14th century text, the value of the testimony of the Acts of Philip is questionable at best. However, this theory that Mariamne is Mary Magdalene is not confirmed by the Acts of Philip at all but is actually the speculation of Francis Bovon. The Acts of Philip portrays Mariamne as the sister of Philip but never identifies her explicitly as Mary Magdalene. Mary is never identified as Mariamne in the New Testament or, for that matter, in any other known text.Jacobovici and Pellegrino also argue that the name “Mara” is actually the title “master” or “lord” and identifies Mary Magdalene as a female apostle. This element of the argument involves an enormous amount of speculation based on questionable evidence. The researchers could not cite one ancient text in which Mary was designated a master or lord or in which that word “mara” was used as a synonym for “apostle.” Most importantly, the researchers are likely incorrect in their assumption that the “Mara” of the inscription was a Greek transliteration of the Aramaic word meaning “master.” In fact, “Mara” was the eighth most commonly used name among Palestinian Jewish females in the period 330 B.C. to 200 A.D. and the name was recognized by two specialists in ancient inscriptions including one of the members of the original archaeological teams to be a mere abbreviated form of the name “Martha.” Since Mariamne-Mara is clearly not Mary Magdalene, this name should not be included in the statistical analysis."