#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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