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BIBLE MUSEUM ADMITS DEAD SEA SCROLLS ARE FAKE

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LOOKY HERE! This article is from stuff.co.nz

"The scrolls are a collection of ancient Jewish religious texts first discovered in the mid-1940s in caves on the western shore of the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. The massive cache of Hebrew documents is believed to date back to the days of Jesus. With more than 9000 documents and 50,000 fragments, the entire collection took decades to fully excavate.

Most of the scrolls and fragments are tightly controlled by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. But around 2002, a wave of new fragments began mysteriously appearing on the market, despite skepticism from Biblical scholars.

These fragments, they warned, were specifically designed to target American evangelical Christians, who prize the scrolls. That appears to be exactly what happened; a Baptist seminary in Texas and an evangelical college in California reportedly paid millions to purchase alleged pieces of the scrolls.

Also eagerly buying up fragments was the Green family - evangelical Oklahoma billionaires who run the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and who famously sued the Obama administration on religious grounds, saying they didn't want to pay to provide their employees access to the morning-after pill or intrauterine devices.

The Greens are the primary backers of the Museum of the Bible and went on an archaeological acquisition spree in the years leading up to the museum's opening. In addition to the alleged Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, the Greens ran afoul of the Justice Department, which said they had acquired thousands of smuggled artifacts looted from Iraq and elsewhere. The family agreed last year to return those artifacts and pay a US$3 million fine."

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/108039463/us-bible-museum-admits-some-of-its-dead-sea-scrolls-are-fake

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I guess it was inevitable that there would be fraud associated with the scrolls.

We don't know for sure how authentic any of the are but, even if most of them date to the period in history they are claimed to, it still does not prove anything.

 

If we can determined that the authors were historian of that period then we might have something.

 

Nevertheless it's admirable that the museum admitted to the apparently lack of authenticity of the scroll fragments. It's also interesting that there is money to be make by fakes. 

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Christians are quick to point out that scientists are not to be trusted because of the Piltdown Man fraud.

Interesting that these fragments were specifically designed to target gullible American evangelical Christians, who

would no doubt report back to their Sheeples that they had found hard evidence for the authenticity of the bible.

Meanwhile their hard evidence come from artifacts looted from Iraq! The end always justifies the means with them - Iraq being

bombed and all - so that god can lead his sheeples to get their mitts on the loot to prove his existence! Pretty messed up, eh?

 

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