Re: Vanderkam finds Arabic numbers on Isaiah scroll
- --- In email@example.com, "Bryan Cox" <b_coxus@y...>
> Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/As a complete amateur, may I offer a thought at a tangent? I
> I suppose that I rolled my eyes when I read it, thinking
> there could
> be any number of reasonable explanations for the arabic (or seeming
> arabic) numerals and other signs. However, if this is not just
> another attempt to discredit ancient artifacts, more scholarly
> analysis would be intriguing.
recognise that it is irritating when urban legends get started in
this way. But can we not make something of it? After all,
somewhere in all this is the raw human desire to learn, directed at
ancient manuscripts. I would like to see the study of ancient and
medieval manuscripts have a much higher profile than it does, and be
much better funded. They say there is no such thing as bad
publicity, after all.
Rather than us grumbling about the bad reportage, would someone with
lots of letters after his name like to write to this journal?
Compliment them on their interest in the topic of the study of the
scrolls, express hope that they will run more articles, refer to
interest in manuscripts in pop-culture (think of Buffy, Charmed),
and suggest that some more stuff would be nice. Mention, in a non-
combative way, that in fact the 'numbers' are probably just tricks
of the photographic process; but that more eyes looking can only be
a good thing.
I know we risk a rush of cranks -- but so what? So long as we don't
look like a bunch of jerks determined to exclude the public, any
publicity would be good. Wouldn't it?
All the best,