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orion scroll fakes


I don't know how many of you have heard of a magazine called "The Biblical
Illustrator".  It is a Southern Baptist Convention Press magazine that
purports to offer serious archaelogical and historical background for
Biblical texts.

In the current issue, on the inside cover page, there is a photo of what is
described as the Habakkuk commentary from the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Let me
assure you that the photo is anything but a copy of Hab Pesher.  In fact, it
is a poorly made fake using scribbles and letters from the Greek alphabet!!!

My purpose in sending this along is to say that there is still, even in
these post scrolls-release days, plenty of ignorant folk who think anything
written on an old looking piece of leather is a dead sea scroll.

Beware!  Ignorance is still alive and well among the semi-literate dilletantes!


p.s.- if you can get a copy of the rag you will have a nice laugh!

Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology