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Biblical ‘minimalist’ Philip Davies still obsessed with David Elkington’s fake metal codices

Philip Davies, a well-known biblical ‘minimalist’ (i.e. he disputes most of the historical claims made in the Old Testament), has no such hesitations about David Elkington’s metal codices.  On the contrary, in his lavishly illustrated editorial (all photographs courtesy of … Continue reading

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‘Minimalist’ biblical scholar Philip Davies still ‘talking up’ David Elkington’s fake metal codices

In an article entitled Prof’s mystery texts (Davies has apparently clasped these metal fakes to his bosom!), well-known biblical ‘minimalist’ Philip Davies, emeritus professor at the University of Sheffield, continues to ‘talk up’ David Elkington’s not-very-clever fakes.  “It is extremely exciting,” Davies gushes, before … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Joe Zias on David Elkington’s fake metal codices

‘They are of such poor quality I’m surprised that anyone bought the story.  On the other hand it’s always the biblical scholars who fall for this stuff as dirt archaeologists, museum curators, and dealers can usually spot these items as … Continue reading

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Jordanian metal codices update: Peter Thonemann confirms they are fakes and explains why

The Messiah codex decoded by Peter Thonemann, Wadham College, Oxford Who could resist?  Photographs of a mysterious-looking copper notebook duly arrived.  Strange sequences of Greek letters curled around depictions of a palm tree, a walled city, a crocodile and, oddly, Alexander … Continue reading

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Israeli antiquities expert Robert Deutsch on David Elkington’s fake metal codices

Robert Deutsch explains some of the origins of the mishmash of inscriptions on the forged metal codices: I will give a short description of some highlights from the iconography depicted on several “codices” for the scholars who are not familiar … Continue reading

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The Jordanian fake metal codices: who is David Elkington and what are his motives?

It seems to me that this is the most important question about these forgeries.  Some preliminary diggings can be found here: Some Light on David Elkington, or is it Paul? Recent ‘Real’ Biographies on David Elkington, the Lead Head Related: … Continue reading

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‘Minimalist’ Philip Davies claims David Elkington’s metal codices are “probably not a forgery”

“They are probably not a hoax or a forgery” claims Davies, Prof. Emeritus, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield. Amazing, and sad, that Davies is so out of touch about this.  Proof, if any were needed, that biblical ‘minimalists’ can lack proper … Continue reading

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Aramaic scholar Steve Caruso on the fake lettering on David Elkington’s Jordanian metal codices

Aramaic expert Steve Caruso finally finds a photograph of the writing on one of the codices and examines it closely: Finally a Good Look at the “Lead Codices” Script and concludes: On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is … Continue reading

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Peter Thonemann’s evidence that Jordanian metal codices touted by David Elkington are fakes

Daniel O. McClellan does a superb job of gathering the evidence together that establishes the Jordanian metal codices as forgeries, and their promoter David Elkington as a highly questionable character: Thoughts on the Jordan Lead Codices These plates are all the work of … Continue reading

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