#1702

2020-04-02

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible, part 2

With Colette Loll

Colette Loll of Art Fraud Insights was in charge of the investigation of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Museum of the Bible collection. In this interview she details how the investigation was conducted and how they determined that all 16 scroll fragments were 20th century forgeries. This interview was conducted to collect information for the article I wrote on the Museum’s Dead Sea Scrolls collection for Christianity Today magazine.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Museum of the Bible forgeries fragments Art Fraud Insights Christianity Today

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#1701

2020-03-26

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible

With Jeffrey Kloha

This is the first in a series of interviews which I have done for an article for Christianity Today that was just posted online today. Jeffrey Kloha is Chief Curatorial Officer at the Museum of the Bible and the host of an academic symposium that was held at the museum on March 13, 2020, the day that the results of the museum-sponsored investigation into the 16 scroll fragments was released. Jeffrey gives the background on how the scroll items came into the possession of the museum, how the first suspicions were raised about the fragments, and then the investigative process. An embarrassment for the museum, but much praise from academic scholars for the way it was resolved.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Museum of the Bible forgeries fragments

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#1700

2020-03-19

Digging Up Armageddon, part 2

With Eric Cline

Megiddo is one of the pre-eminent sites of biblical archaeology, a benchmark site for other excavations. George Washington University professor Eric Cline has done something that no other writer has done, excavate an excavation. He has gone back through the papers of the excavation figures–their letters, cables, dig reports, daily summaries, etc.–and provided a chronological account of how the dig progressed. This new book, Digging Up Armageddon, The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press), is a different way of seeing an excavation and the drama is there, through the personalities of the directors and other aspects of the excavation. It’s a behind the scenes look at how history unfolded at a site, the second time, as archaeologists attempted to dig up its secrets. This is the second half of the interview.

tags: Megiddo Eric Cline Armageddon Solomon

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#1699

2020-03-11

Digging Up Armageddon

With Eric Cline

Megiddo is one of the pre-eminent sites of biblical archaeology, a benchmark site for other excavations. George Washington University professor Eric Cline has done something that no other writer has done, excavate an excavation. He has gone back through the papers of the excavation figures–their letters, cables, dig reports, daily summaries, etc.–and provided a chronological account of how the dig progressed. This new book, Digging Up Armageddon, The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press), is a different way of seeing an excavation and the drama is there, through the personalities of the directors and other aspects of the excavation. It’s a behind the scenes look at how history unfolded at a site, the second time, as archaeologists attempted to dig up its secrets.

tags: Megiddo Eric Cline Armageddon Solomon

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#1698

2020-03-05

Ethiopian Basilica & Church of the Glorious Martyr

With Clyde Billington

Two church discoveries are reported in the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. A church excavated in northern Ethiopia is the oldest church in sub-Saharan Africa and helps us understand the Christian history of that part of Africa. At Beth Shemesh in Israel, excavators have uncovered an impressive Byzantine church with beautiful mosaics and an inscription that dedicates the church to “The Glorious Martyr.” The identity of this martyr is not yet know. Also at Beth Shemesh, a large rock table has been excavated, which some believe may be connected to the story of the return of the Ark of the Covenant to the Israelites in I Samuel 6. And finally, we discuss the discovery of garum vats, a production facility for what some have called, “The Ketchup of the First Century.”

tags: Ethiopia Aksum Sudan Beth Shemesh Glorious Martyr Garum

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