July 16, 2005

New Discoveries -- Approach with Caution

AP runs a story today about 2 Biblical Scroll Fragments Found in Israel, in the Judean desert around the dead sea, presumably from the Bar Kochba revolt period. I find it interesting, and actually quite appropriate, that it was only 143 words into the article before we find the word "forgery(ies)".

It is a sign of the times, and a good one, I think--that skepticism has regained its proper place.
If experts end up telling me the fragments of Leviticus are genuine, that will be swell. I don't doubt it will be the case. Still, one ossuary and two gospels later, I think we should approach with caution.

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