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Other Views on the Lead Codices

March 31, 2011

One of the commentors on one of my postings provided a link to an interesting news story on the lead codices in a Jewish source:

http://www.thejc.com/judaism/judaism-features/46028/heavy-metal-secrets-a-mid-east-cave

Per this story, the Israeli Antiquities Authority says the items are likely fakes.  But the lawyer for the owner (NB) assures us that the antiquities people didn’t do a thorough enough analysis, and he knows better.

The story also features a UK based guy who thinks they’re genuine, but is sure that they reflect Jewish mystical interests/circles (cf. the claims that they come from Judeo-Christian circles of the first century). 

This is all soooo bogus!  So much empty speculation, which the press loves as do the promoters of these items.  I say to those who hold the items:  “Put up or shut up!”  Place the items before competent scholars or become a joke.

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5 Comments
  1. Howard Mazzaferro permalink

    Even if these lead codices turn out to be genuine, they certainly are not what people think they are. It appears that the lettering and images on these codices (at least the pictures I seen) look just like the ones on Jewish coins, even the row of dots on the outer edge on many of these coins also appear on these codices. If genuine, they are more likely to be from a Jewish source, not Christian. These may possibly be related to ancient coin making and the writing may consist of the abbreviations that were used on coins.

    History of Jewish coinage, and of money in the Old and New Testament
    By Frederic William Madden (free on Google books; and go to p. 43):

    http://books.google.com/books?id=gXcWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1&lpg=PR1&dq=who+produced+ancient+hebrew+coins&source=bl&ots=X-ucnzmc8r&sig=IQ_oIza0WP1sPkYD9VawTs2UpL0&hl=en&ei=XgiVTeCDKMHytgeV26n0Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=11&ved=0CGoQ6AEwCg#v=onepage&q&f=false

  2. Dick Pickett permalink

    “Place the items before competent scholars or become a joke.”

    Are you saying that Margaret Barker is incompetent?

    In July 2008 Margaret Barker was awarded a DD by the Archbishop of Canterbury ‘in recognition of her work on the Jerusalem Temple and the origins of Christian Liturgy, which has made a significantly new contribution to our understanding of the New Testament and opened up important fields for research.’

    • Two brief responses: (1) Ms Barker is not an epigrapher or archaeologist or otherwise competent to judge the authenticity of the items, whatever her other commendations; (2) I’m not even sure that she saw the items, or only commented on photos.

  3. Allen Black permalink

    You should read this outstanding Rogueclassicism article on the Lead Codices:

    http://rogueclassicism.com/2011/03/30/lead-codices-silliness/

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