Jordanian Lead Codice Forgery

Ryan Gustason, Wed, Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:29:27

Well, it appears time does tell. While the verdict is still out, Jim Davila at his blog has posted an article including e-mail correspondence between Peter Thonemann and David Elkington in regards to one of the codices written in Greek. It seems it is a copy of line 2 of the Greek text of a bilingual Aramaic/Greek inscription published by J.T. Milik, Syria 35 (1958) 243-6 no.6 (SEG 20, 494), and republished in P.-L. Gatier, Inscriptions grecques et latines de Syrie XXI: Inscriptions de la Jordanie, 2: Region centrale (Paris 1986), no.118. Well, I'll keep you posted on any later developments, but for now I have to say it's probable that these codices are forgeries.

James R. Davila of PaleoJudaica is Professor of Early Jewish Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Peter Thonemann is a University Lecturer in Ancient History, Forrest-Derow Fellow, and Tutor in Ancient History, Wadham College. He is also a Lecturer in Ancient History at Keble College.

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