#1718

2020-08-12

Jerusalem Admin Building and the Face of Yahweh

With Clyde Billington

The excavation of a major administrative complex from the time of King Hezekiah, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This complex is near Ramat Rahel, where archaeologists in recent years have excavated a royal palace from roughly the same period. The Biblical Archaeology Review story focuses on a theory by professor Yosef Garfinkle that a figurine he excavated at Khirbet Qeiyafa, the only figurine from the entire excavation, represented Yahweh, God of the Israelites and God of the Bible.

tags: Hezekiah Jerusalem Admin Center

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#1705

2020-04-29

The Dead Sea Scroll Forgeries, part 2

With Christopher Rollston

One of the participants in an academic symposium at the Museum of the Bible, held in conjunction with the release of an investigative report on the museum’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments, was Christopher Rollston. The report, paid for by the museum, found that the fragments were modern forgeries. Rollston, professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures at George Washington University, is often called upon to verify the authenticity of ancient inscriptions. In our interview he discusses his desire to see the perpetrator of this fraud brought to justice, and why no one should ever buy antiquities.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Museum of the Bible forgeries fragments

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#1704

2020-04-22

The Dead Sea Scroll Forgeries

With Christopher Rollston

One of the participants in an academic symposium at the Museum of the Bible, held in conjunction with the release of an investigative report on the museum’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments, was Christopher Rollston. The report, paid for by the museum, found that the fragments were modern forgeries. Rollston, professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures at George Washington University, is often called upon to verify the authenticity of ancient inscriptions. In our interview he discusses the praiseworthy transparency of the museum on this issue.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Museum of the Bible forgeries fragments

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#1703

2020-04-14

Museum of the Bible - Repatriating Antiquities

With Jeffrey Kloha

Almost simultaneously with the announcement from the Museum of the Bible that the Dead Sea Scroll fragments in their collection were modern forgeries, came the additional announcement that museum founder and board chairman Steve Green was repatriating, to Egypt and Iraq, more than 11-thousand antiquities that were inappropriately acquired during the museum formation process. Once again I was referred to Jeffrey Kloha, the Chief Curatorial Officer at the Museum of the Bible. He was speaking for the museum, and not for Steve Green in this week's interview.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Museum of the Bible forgeries fragments Repatriating Egypt Iraq bullae Papyrus

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#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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