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World famous Dead Sea Scrolls at Museum of the Bible 'are fake'.

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But the splinters from the True Cross and the leg from the brontosaurus which the lions killed on the Arc are still real, right?
 

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A museum of the bible. What a hideous notion.

Does it have exhibits showing how best to commit genocide or the correct form to adopt when bashing babies' heads off rocks, or advice on what position is best when raping your slaves?
 

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Five of the most valuable exhibits at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC have been found to be fake.

The artefacts, thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, will no longer be displayed.

Oops.

You know what would be a great miracle, if a god existed?
Turning fakes into authentics.

Guess that's too hard for it.
 

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Breaking News

Five of the most valuable exhibits at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC have been found to be fake.

The artefacts, thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, will no longer be displayed.

Oops.

You know what would be a great miracle, if a god existed?
Turning fakes into authentics.

Guess that's too hard for it.

It does seem to be; Which is a shame, given the very high number of religious artifacts that have been turned from authentics into fakes by science. :D
 

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Would religious relics that were faked over 2,000 years ago be declared as authentic if C14 tests showed them to be that old? :confused:

That's not as facetious as it sounds. There are a lot of fakes, reproductions, replicas, PYL, that are old enough to be antiques by their own right. Most sculpture of the Roman Empire was "fake" Greek art.

These are the same people who got busted for smuggling cuneiform clay tablets in crates labeled "handmade tiles." That's one item that no faking is needed because there's literally millions of them still lying around. The various Middle Eastern countries where they are found have become very possessive in recent times, even though most of them are the equivalent of laundry lists.
 

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The Chinese have been making fake antiques since the Zhou Dynasty.
 

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The Chinese have been making fake antiques since the Zhou Dynasty.

Which raises an interesting archaeological question - at what point does a fake antique become a real antique?

A few hundred years from now, these fake Dead Sea Scrolls would become a legitimate item to be included in a museum.
 

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The Chinese have been making fake antiques since the Zhou Dynasty.

Which raises an interesting archaeological question - at what point does a fake antique become a real antique?

A few hundred years from now, these fake Dead Sea Scrolls would become a legitimate item to be included in a museum.
There was a time during the collapsing Roman Empire when counterfeit Roman coins were more valuable than the official coins. The counterfeit coins had a higher percentage of gold.
 

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During the Civil war, they caught some people forging CSA banknotes because their work was too good.
 

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To clarify: The actual Dead Sea Scrolls aren't fake (as far as anyone knows). The items Hobby Lobby bought just aren't the Dead Sea Scrolls (as advertised). They don't have a lot of professional scholars on staff, so it took a while for them to figure out they got swindled.

Serves them right, IMO. Buying grandfathered-in-legal-status antiquities is a smarmy business for a museum to be engaging in to begin with.
 

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To clarify: The actual Dead Sea Scrolls aren't fake (as far as anyone knows). The items Hobby Lobby bought just aren't the Dead Sea Scrolls (as advertised). They don't have a lot of professional scholars on staff, so it took a while for them to figure out they got swindled.

Serves them right, IMO. Buying grandfathered-in-legal-status antiquities is a smarmy business for a museum to be engaging in to begin with.

James Ossuary is a fake

Lots of money to be made in the world of woo, which is not to be confused with the world of authentic antiquities. Bill Koch's wine bottles supposedly from Thomas Jefferson come to mind.
 

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I am assuming the scripture content in these "fakes" are valid copies of the biblical texts, at the least.

I mean having a fake original of the Moana Lisa painting, still has Moana Lisa's almost exact-to-the-original's "image" on it. Not worth as much in monetary value to the original but valuable when read.
 

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To clarify: The actual Dead Sea Scrolls aren't fake (as far as anyone knows). The items Hobby Lobby bought just aren't the Dead Sea Scrolls (as advertised). They don't have a lot of professional scholars on staff, so it took a while for them to figure out they got swindled.

Serves them right, IMO. Buying grandfathered-in-legal-status antiquities is a smarmy business for a museum to be engaging in to begin with.

Yeah, the actual Dead Sea Scrolls are a hilarious refutation of the Bible.
 

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I'm not buying it. Surely it must be fake ... coz he's seen writng from left to right and you'd have to read it balancing on your head ! :pigsfly:
 
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