That 8th Century BCE Hebrew Fragment

Before you read the news reports on the artifact read Jim Davila.

The new papyrus is unprovenanced, but materials testing dates the papyrus material used for it to the eighth century BCE. That’s good, but we must keep in mind that, going back all the way to thenineteenth century, modern forgers have know to use ancient materials. The most recent well-publicized case is that of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.