thonemann's latest go at the 'lead codices'
- is here
the most interesting part, to me-
To judge from the photos which have appeared in the press over the
past week, all of these supposed early Christian codices are the
product of the same Amman workshop as the book I saw last year. The
forger's repertoire is fairly predictable: pseudo-Christian symbols
copied from ancient Greek and Judaean coins (palm trees, Hellenistic
kings and so forth) interspersed with gibberish-inscriptions
clumsily adapted from real ancient texts, Greek and Hebrew.
One can hardly blame the newspapers: no editor could reasonably be
expected to resist the combination of Jesus, the Kabbalah,
mysterious death threats and a secret code. But it is a bit
depressing that no one thought to consult any one of the dozens of
British specialists in the field. As the Jewish Chronicle made clear
when it originally reported on the find back in early March,*those
professional scholars who have had sight of these objects have
dismissed them as obvious fakes*. There are various reasons why we
bother to fund research in the arts and humanities and this episode
could have been one of them.
Jim West, ThD
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