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Re: orion scroll fakes

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 20:10:45 +0000 (GMT)
From: Marcus Wood <M.E.M.Wood@durham.ac.uk>
Reply-To: Marcus Wood <M.E.M.Wood@durham.ac.uk>
To: orion@mscc.huji.ac.il
Subject: Re: orion scroll fakes 

Mr Smalling,

While I accept that the staff at the Illustrator would not appreciate
being called "semi literate dilettantes" (I'm sure they weren't supposed
to)  the fact that they publish aimed at Sunday Schools is of little
relevance. I have, I admit, not seen the publication in question, but if
as is suggested the photograph bears no resemblance to what was claimed,
then this sort of comment is entirely valid.

I am entirely in favour of the scrolls being introduced to a wider
audience, but not where they are used as a selling point for a
publication, and where, moreover, there has been no attempt to research a
particular issue - especially not to verify that a photograph represents
what is claimed. The scrolls forum is muddled as it is, with minor (and
normally incorrect) views gaining the credance over and against long
established verifiable arguments, to allow such forays to pass

Marcus Wood
Department of Theology
University of Durham

On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Elmer Smalling wrote:

> Mr. West,
> As (I believe from your Quartz Hill homepage) a Baptist 
> preacher in a small southern town yourself, you might 
> contact the  Biblical Illustrator and talk to them about 
> their obvious error. I am not a Southern Baptist but I am 
> sure many (including the staff of Bible Illustrator) 
> would not like being called "semi-literate dilettantes". 
> I believe the "Illustrator" is designed as an aid for 
> church Sunday schools. I'm sure your constructive 
> criticism and suggestions would be appreciated.
> Regards,
> Elmer Smalling III
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