Category Archives: Archaeology

Jim Davila summarises current findings on David Elkington’s fake metal codices

‘Let’s take stock.  The Greek is lifted nonsensically from an inscription published in 1958.  The forger couldn’t tell the difference between the Greek letters alpha and lambda.  The Hebrew script is taken from the same inscription.  The Hebrew text is in … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou is “more like an undergraduate . . . than a serious academic”

Does ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ confirm the BBC’s anti-Christian bias?  One well-informed London viewer thinks so: I watched the The Bible’s Buried Secrets on BBC 2 last Tuesday evening.  It is a new series, presented by Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, which … Continue reading

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Make your own fake metal codex for David Elkington to tout to the BBC. It’s easy!

Do It Yourself: Metal Codex Edition The final step will require the addition of text.  For an early  Christian theme I suggest Greek although others have had some success combining it with Hebrew.  If you do not know what to … Continue reading

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Symbols on David Elkington’s fake metal codices are themselves copied from a verified fake!

[Click on each image to enlarge it.] Antiquities expert Robert Deutsch comments: Unaware of it, the faker used a fake coin to fake his fakes: The quadriga on the top left side of the attached cover of one of the lead “codices” … 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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The secular media’s appallingly bad coverage of David Elkington’s fake metal codices

GetReligion posts about the fake metal codices and discusses how the secular media completely mishandled the issue. Related: The early Christian lead codices from Jordan are now confirmed as forgeries Whether lead plates or bronze tablets, the Jordanian ‘early Christian’ codices are forgeries … 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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Alexander Lucie-Smith on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, ‘buried secrets’ & the Garden of Eden

The BBC’s biblical scholar made a crucial and sloppy mistake about Christian belief.  Isn’t the BBC supposed to educate?  Why, then, is it spreading ignorance in this way? The doctor also asserted that the Eden story has had a negative … Continue reading

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Peter Thonemann publishes emails between him and David Elkington about forged lead codices

From here: Lead Codices, or: One Born Every Minute Over the past few days, you may have seen a spot of press attention about a cache of lead codices ‘from a remote cave in the north of Jordan’, which allegedly … 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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[Updated] The early Christian lead codices from Jordan are now confirmed as forgeries

Daniel O. McClellan quotes an email letter by Peter Thonemann – who says the lead codices are forgeries and gives his reasons why: The only possible explanation is that the text on the bronze tablet was copied directly from the inscription in the museum … Continue reading

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Doug Chaplin on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and the Garden of Eden

Doug Chaplin comments on the last of the ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presented by Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: As before she declines the opportunity to give much airtime to scholars who disagree with her.  Her preferred narrative is her scholarship versus the faith … Continue reading

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Quick, call Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: God has a wife & now the Holy Spirit has a husband!

The Holy Spirit as Wife of Adonai in Mandaeism by Dr. James McGrath I’ve been spending some time this evening working on the Mandaean Book of John.  In looking up a passage in the important but puzzling text known as Haran … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’: top scholar on ‘God’s wife’ Asherah

Evidence for Asherah by Judith M. Hadley Asherah has appeared paired with Yahweh in positive ways.  Furthermore, the early eighth century BCE prophets do not condemn Asherah worship.  The worship of Asherah was evidently acceptable before the Deuteronomistic reform movement gained momentum … 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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Why God having a wife isn’t a “buried secret” despite Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s claims

Published by Eerdmans in 2005. Hardcover: ISBN 978-0802828521 Softcover: ISBN 978-0802863942 On Google Books. More on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Blog comment on controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Tim Bulkeley answers … Continue reading

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Historian James Hannam on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What is the buried secret?  It seems to me that Dr. Stavrakopoulou is an Old Testament Bart Ehrman trying to turn mainstream scholarship into something radical that is a serious problem for the Christian (and Jewish) faith.  It’s neither and … Continue reading

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Geoff Gummer responds to ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

The Bible’s Buried Secrets – Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou She seems to repeat quite often that she is a Biblical scholar, so obviously she thinks she needs to reinforce that fact. This is probably because she makes quite a few outlandish … Continue reading

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Church minister reacts to Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What a strange programme this was!  Francesca Stavrakopoulou ‘exposed’ how the Bible ‘lies’ to us about monotheism, yet the evidence she drew was from the Bible itself!  Even more strangely, she implied that because the inhabitants of Israel before 600 … Continue reading

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