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Book Review: ‘Comeback: A Parker Novel’ by Richard Stark (pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake)

‘Comeback: A Parker Novel’ by Richard Stark (pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake), Mysterious Press, 1997 This was my first foray into the acclaimed heist novels of Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) and his series character ‘Parker’. Comeback is a classic … Continue reading

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Christian prayers ARE answered: Abusive Canadian preacher Todd Bentley is banned from entering United Kingdom

Canadian ‘punching’ preacher banned from UK: A Canadian preacher, who claims to cure sick people by hitting them, has been refused entry into the UK for a controversial tour Mr Bentley has been told he was “not conducive to the … Continue reading

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Pseudo-archaeologist James Tabor smears internet blogger for attacking his “Jonah ossuary” rubbish

Pseudo-archaeologist James Tabor (who publicly eulogises the late Vendyl “Arkhunter” Jones as his “creator” and “teacher”), and who sees otherwise unexceptional ancient tombs in Jerusalem as potential goldmines to fund his retirement, has now taken to smearing and issuing threats to internet bloggers. … Continue reading

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Pseudo-archaeologist James Tabor exposed as a fraudster over ‘Jonah Ossuary’ faked photographs

If the evidence doesn’t fit, Photoshop it: digital image manipulation in the case of Simcha Jacobovici and James Tabor’s ‘Jonah Ossuary’ Sins of commission and omission: digitally generated marginal ‘fishes’ and overlooked handles on the so-called ‘Jonah Ossuary’

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‘The Jesus Discovery’: the latest claptrap from pseudo-archaeologist James Tabor soiling bookstore shelves

When he’s not eulogising fellow cranks such as the notorious crackpot Vendyl “Arkhunter” Jones, James Tabor is busy thinking up his next great archaeological discovery.  Here’s what he’s about to serve us this Easter: The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find That Reveals the Birth … Continue reading

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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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Margaret Barker, etc. on the fake metal codices being touted by David Elkington & Hassan Saida

Tom Verenna has compiled much useful information in a succession of blog posts: Margaret Barker Responds on Lead Tablets Lead Codices Updates from Margaret Barker and Philip Davies More Updates from Margaret Barker About “Jordan” Codices For examples of the ‘uncanny’ similarity between … Continue reading

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Whether lead plates or bronze tablets, the Jordanian ‘early Christian’ codices are forgeries

The Jordanian metal books currently being touted as “the archaeological find of the century” have turned out to be fakes.  Many observers thought this would be the case, as their provenance was highly suspicious and their promoter, David Elkington, is highly questionable … Continue reading

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Jordanian ‘early Christian’ lead codices: more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls or a forgery?

The best pictures currently available on the internet can be viewed at the BBC website photographs of the lead codices. New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado says be cautious: The writing is reported as some kind of Hebrew but coded.  Until the items are … Continue reading

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‘Jesus tomb’ proponent James Tabor praises fundamentalist crank Vendyl “Ark hunter” Jones

Firstly, Richard Bartholomew sums up Vendyl Jones’ career here: “Ark Hunter” Vendyl Jones has Died Jones’ entire pseudo-archaeological “career” was a tragic misdirection of his undoubted energies, which were wasted on crank notions derived from an approach which regards religion as … Continue reading

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