I will give a public lecture on the issues of theft, looting and forgery of biblical manuscripts, in Jerusalem on 10 December 2019.

I will discuss such cases as Constantine Simonides and Moses Shapira, in the 19th century, but also more recent stories, especially the Museum of the Bible’s forged Dead Sea Scrolls and—as revealed just a few weeks ago—stolen New Testament papyri from the Oxyrhynchus collection.

The common denominator of these stories is the wild quest for the oldest biblical manuscripts, which are hoped to reveal the “original” text of the Bible.

To find out about the historical, religious, political and ethical implications of this quest, come Tuesday 10 December at 18:00 at the French Research Center in Jerusalem, Shimshon Street 3. 🙂

(And if you are interested in forgeries, have a look at my work on the topic. 😉)

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