A Claim Is Not the Same thing as a Fact

So a claim that a 1000 year old manuscript has been found does not mean that a 1000 year old manuscript has been found.  A lack of healthy skepticism about these sorts of claims is EXACTLY why there are forgeries everywhere.  Gullibility and a willingness to believe something just because someone says it.

That’s not scholarship.  And it’s not how scholars act.

In July 2017, Israeli historian Yoram Meital stumbled upon a handwritten 1028 CE biblical codex that was lying abandoned on a dusty shelf in a Cairo synagogue. Wrapped in simple white paper of the sort one finds on tables in cheap eateries, at 616 pages, the Zechariah Ben ‘Anan Manuscript is one of the era’s most complete and preserved examples of the “Writings,” the third and concluding section of the Hebrew Bible. It had been lost to scholars for almost 40 years.

Discovered by Meital in the Karaite Moussa Der’i Synagogue, the Zechariah Ben ‘Anan Manuscript (ZBAM) was previously documented in various publications by modern biblical scholars, from a 1905 Jewish Quarterly Review article by leading expert Richard Gottheil through to microfilms of the manuscript done by a team of Israelis from the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in June 1981.

Prove it.  Provide the evidence.  Date the materials.  In scholarship, claims are false until proven true.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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