Rollston on the ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing

He makes several salient points and then says

VIII.  … Ultimately, I believe that there is a fair chance that although the papyrus itself is ancient the ink letters are actually modern…that is, this inscription is something that I would classify as a possible modern forgery.

IX. Recently, I signed a contract with Eerdmans Publishing for a volume (almost entirely completed at this time) entitled _Forging History in the Ancient World of the Bible & the Modern World of Biblical Studies_. The Jerusalem Papyrus inscription will be in that volume…

Read it.  And refrain, won’t you, from being over excited about every claim appearing in the Times of Israel.

3 thoughts on “Rollston on the ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing

  1. Peter van der Veen 28/10/2016 at 12:23 pm

    Yes let’s read Chris’ new book when it comes out and decide for ourselves. So far I have not been too overly convinced of his arguments on some apparent fakes, which after I had studied the piece I had to give up on Rollston’s arguments, even if they initially convinced me.

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    • Jim 28/10/2016 at 12:58 pm

      i’m sure he’d agree that thinking about the evidence and making decisions based on it is best. which means ‘press release archaeology’ probably isn’t all that helpful.

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      • Peter van der Veen 28/10/2016 at 10:58 pm

        OK Jim, I much agree, press releases are good for the public but often disseminate unfounded sensationalism. And what strikes also is that the timing to release certain things, is also often consciously chosen. Much agreed.

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