Fake Dead Sea Scrolls fragments found by German researchers

A Dead Sea Scrolls fragment from the book of Genesis part of Museum of the Bible's Scholars Initiative research project published by Brill in 2016. Of the museum's 13 published scrolls at least six are of dubious authenticity. (Image by Bruce

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., says five of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are fake, and will no longer be on public display.

Five fragments "show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin", the Museum of the Bible said, in a statement released Monday.

"As an educational institution entrusted with cultural heritage, the museum upholds and adheres to all museum and ethical guidelines on collection care, research and display".

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. Some legitimate specimens are considered to be priceless, and a number of them have sold for millions of dollars, according to CNN.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, a scattered collection of ancient parchment containing the oldest known text of the Hebrew Bible, are particularly prized specimens in the field of biblical archaeology.

According to the Independent, roughly 100,000 fragments exist, but "the excavation and selling of fragments is outlawed under a United Nations convention on cultural property from 1970, which means that private sellers fight over fragments removed before that time".

On the website, "The Lying Pen of Scribes", scholars and scientists have identified more than 70 purported Dead Sea Scroll fragments that have surfaced on the antiquities market since 2002.

Scholars and media reports raised questions about the museum's Dead Sea Scroll fragments past year in the run up to the Green family's November opening of the $500 million museum.

The family agreed a year ago to return those artifacts and pay a $US3 million fine.

‘Devil May Cry 5’ fans in Japan get insane $8,000 bundle
You can buy the bundle with Nero's jacket undamaged, like in previous games, or slightly ripped up like how it appears in DMC 5. Devil May Cry 5 will be launching on March 8th, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC with pre-orders now available via Amazon.

Elon Musk says first tunnel is nearly done, opens December 10: tweet
He also said he'd like to include transit pods that can carry pedestrians and cyclists through the subterranean system. Musk previously said his tunnelling company " started out as a joke " and acknowledged the project might fail.

USC reaches tentative $215M settlement over alleged sex abuse
We care deeply about our community, we are listening carefully, learning from these experiences and strengthening our university. The proposed settlement covers a federal class action lawsuit but does not resolve hundreds of claims made in state court.

CNN raised questions about the museum's Dead Sea Scroll fragments in an article published last November, as the Green family prepared to unveil their new, $500 million museum.

The Museum of the Bible, in Washington DC, sent five of its 16 fragments for analysis in Germany. As scholars began to study them, some noted puzzling features and labelled them as forgeries. The scroll fragments will no longer be displayed, the museum said.

While Khola insists the museum's acknowledgement of the forgeries demonstrates the museum's "commitment to transparency", Hebrew Bible expert Joel Baden from Yale Divinity School argues the fake fragments should never have been displayed in the first place before their (in) authenticity was determined.

But then Bedouin shepherds stumbled on the scrolls, hidden away for almost 2,000 years in caves in Qumran, on the western shore of the Dead Sea.

Between 2009 and 2014, Steve Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, purchased up to 16 fragments in the name of the company.

The Museum of the Bible said it plans to conduct more research about their authenticity.

The discovery was so vast, with more than 900 manuscripts and an estimated 50,000 fragments, it took six decades for scholars to excavate and publish them all.

The Green family has collected about 40,000 artifacts worth more than $205 million over the past eight years. Hobby Lobby said it was "new to the world of antiquities" and did not "understand the correct way to document and ship them".

Related News:



Most liked

UK PM May's leadership is increasingly vulnerable to a challenge - Scotiabank
May's 95% estimate is higher than that of Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, who said on Friday that 90% of the deal had been agreed .

Amy Schumer is Pregnant -- Uses Announcement to Make a Political Statement
Schumer's announcement - "I'm pregnant - Amy Schumer " - appeared at the bottom of the list of preferred candidates. She then shared a screenshot of a list of voting recommendations for the upcoming United States midterm elections.

WWE star shocks fans with devastating cancer news
However, he was cut by both teams before the season ever began and never played a snap in an National Football League game. When I was 22-years-old I was diagnosed with this, and very quickly, I was able to put it in remission.

President Trump gives Ted Cruz new nickname
Trump and Cruz memorably exchanged some sharp - and personal - barbs during their 2016 White House battle. O'Rourke has gained national media attention in the U.S.

Shock delay for Wonder Woman sequel
Be there or be square!" Patty Jenkins is returning as director and has teased fans with tidbits about the series' time jump to the 1980s.

Trump administration to narrow definition of gender, threatening transgender protections?
According to the New York Times , the move would reverse Obama-era policies that officially recognized transgender individuals. But the paper points outs that other court decisions have gone in favor of the Obama administration's position.

Raiders acquire first-round selection, trade wide receiver Amari Cooper
The trade of Cooper makes it clear the Raiders are blowing things up and restarting in year one of the new Jon Gruden era. The Raiders, coming off a bye week, are 1-5 as they head into a Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts .

HMD Global announces price cut on four Nokia smartphones in India
But as it might be an improved smartphone over to the Nokia 7 .1 plus, we expect it to have better specifications. The Nokia 6.1 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution on an IPS LCD panel.

Trump and Republicans set to determine biological definition of gender at birth
Keep an eye on their social media pages to see if they're holding events you can take part in or to share their messaging. Susan Sarandon, the Oscar-winning actress, tweeted: "Trans rights are human rights".

Smithtown man threatened senators over Kavanaugh
Threatening to kill a USA official is a federal crime that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Ronald Derisi , 74, allegedly left more than 10 aggressive and threatening voicemails for the senators.

World’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between Hong Kong and China
The bridge incorporates 400,000 tons of steel to withstand against natural disasters. A single trip on shuttle buses will cost $8-$10, depending on the time of day.

Caravan of people headed to U.S. 'national emergency'
He added that the United States would begin "cutting off, or substantially reducing aid" to three Central American countries. He has threatened to stop giving aid to countries like Honduras and Guatemala, where numerous migrants have come from.

Orionid meteor shower: Look up early Sunday to see it
The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will peak this weekend between October 21 and 22 at an average hourly rate of 15 to 25 meteors. Watch orionid annually in the period from 2 October to 7 November - the culmination of a meteor shower reaches 21-22 Oct.

'Luke Cage' Actor Mike Colter Reacts to Netflix Series Being Canceled
After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. There's no telling what Marvel and Netflix decide to do, but it's lovely to see so many fans keeping a positive outlook.

Panthers' Eric Reid blasts Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins over anthem protests
Reid ran onto the field during the coin toss and got into a heated exchanged with Jenkins, who was on the field for the toss, before former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith and several other Panthers restrained Reid.