Let’s Not Play Their Game
With some 2500 views yesterday and some 3500 as of noon (UK time) today, all of them it seems prompted by references to the lead codices appearing in recent new reports, it’s clear that there’s a significant interest to which those manipulating these reports hope to appeal. But, as a scholar of early Christianity, I’m not favorably impressed with the behavior of those doing so.
I don’t like being played with when it comes to scholarly issues. I don’t see the point of fellow scholars speculating in the press as to what these items “might” be. Why play into the game of those who hold the items and could, if they really wish to do so, simply make them available for competent analsys? I understand that it’s flattering for scholars to be approached by the press for comment on something (anything!). But instead, we should all simply say, “No comment until the items are placed into the hands of competent experts.” I tire quickly of the self-serving antics of the people who claim to be in possession of items of great scholarly significance but prefer to conduct their business through press releases instead of inviting competent testing and analysis.