Tag Archives: Jordan

An Update on the ‘Lead Codices’

SOTS passes along this note from the inestimable Philip Davies on the codices.  Philip writes- Prince Hussein addressed the Seventh World Archaeological Congress in Amman earlier this month. During a preliminary meeting of government officials and other interested parties, it … Continue reading

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‘The Radical Minority’ in Islam? Maybe Not Such a Minority After All

Maybe it’s time to start speaking of a minority of Muslims who are NOT radicals, because it seems that most Muslims, at least in many places (where the survey mentioned below took place) are quite radical. About eight-in-ten Muslims in … Continue reading

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Elkington’s Claims Concerning the ‘Lead Codices’ Under Fire

If you’re following this strange sage of bogus artifacts peddled as the real deal, you must read this essay: David Elkington, from Gloucestershire, has raised tens of thousands of pounds to support his work proving the authenticity of the Jordan Codices. … Continue reading

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Joseph Blenkinsopp on the so Called ‘Lead Codices’

Viv Rowett, the Secretary of SOTS, sends along this word from Prof. B. on the recent interest of some in the Society on the ‘Lead Codices’ “On the subject of the lead codices: some members interested in these artifacts may … Continue reading

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Members of the Society for Old Testament Study Call on Jordan to Release Information on the ‘Lead Codices’

Members of the Society for Old Testament Study have collectively, at the Summer Meeting which just concluded in Manchester, sent a letter to the Editor of the Times asking Jordan to release information relating to the so called ‘Lead Codices’. … Continue reading

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Israel Returns Ancient Artifacts to Jordan

The Jordan News Agency reports the news (and you’ll have to go to the link to read it- they’ve disabled copying).

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Want Your Own ‘Athena’ Based ‘Lead Codex’?

Just pop over to any bazaar in Jordan and pick one up.  Robert Deutsch sends along these photos of the very thing you can have for your own, cheap! The codices being presently hawked by fraudsters are of the same … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, ‘Lead Codices’, Rest in Peace

Bible and Interpretation has an update on the ‘lead codices’ thing that (because I’m an unwavering optimist) will finally put to rest any further pimping of these materials by their owners: None of the codices that have been released thus … Continue reading

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Proof of Fraud: The ‘Lead Codices’

Steve Caruso has shown, dramatically, that one of the so called ‘lead codices’ simply lifted letters from actually authentic ancient materials. Now, will the lead codices people please just sell their items to the gullible watchers of the Naked Archaeologist … Continue reading

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And Now We See What the ‘Lead Codices’ Nonsense is Really All About

It’s about suckering gullible people into spending huge sums on absolute rubbish sold by immense dilettantes. Ancient Antique copper Lead Christian book,14cmx10cm ‘Copper lead’? Really? US $13,000.00 Seriously? If you’re that senseless I’ll sell you an ancient piece of the … Continue reading

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A Few More Photos of the Jordanian ‘Lead Codices’

You know, the lead ones from Jordan that are ‘as important as the Dead Sea Scrolls’… Robert Deutsch kindly sent these along, including the one of the Herodian coin which is copied on the codices.  And be sure to take … Continue reading

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The Latest on the ‘Lead Codices’ from Jordan

The Jordan Times tells us According to the Department of Antiquities (DoA), initial carbon tests to determine the authenticity of lead-sealed metal books billed as the greatest find in biblical archaeology since the Dead Sea scrolls have been “encouraging”. “We … Continue reading

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More on the ‘Lead Codices’ Morass (Sinkhole, cul-de-sac, Sackgasse)

The Christian Science Monitor asks ‘where’d they go and what happened to all the ‘big discovery’ hubbub?’ The question of ownership of the credit-card-sized books, which may bear the earliest likeness of Jesus Christ, and just how they ended up … Continue reading

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Islamic Scholars Prepare to Sue Israel over Archaeology (via Fr Stephen’s Blog)

On Wednesday a committee of experts from several Arab countries met in Amman, Jordan, to gather documents that will be brought before the International Court of Justice in an attempt to start legal actions against Israel’s archeological excavations in Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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US Mideast Policy is a Ship Without a Sail or a Rudder

A fascinating essay in Al-Jazeera makes that general point explicit. In the midst of the startling and compelling events taking place in the Middle East since the advent of Tunisia’s ongoing “jasmine revolution”, with people taking to the streets in … Continue reading

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More Dilettantism and the Mindless Search for Sodom

Via Stephen word of a Russian expedition to Israel to find Sodom and Gomorrah… at the bottom of the Dead Sea… on the Jordanian side of things. Russia and Jordan have signed an agreement to search the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Israel Finkelstein and Oded Lipschits: Omride Architecture in Moab – Jahaz and Ataroth

The article deals with two sites – Jahaz and Ataroth– both mentioned in the Mesha Inscription as having been built by the “king of Israel”. These sites feature characteristics of Omride architecture west of the Jordan, at places such as … Continue reading

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