The past few days there has been alot of hoopla over some metal plates that were found in Jordan..(or was it Egypt?) a few years ago (or was it 100 years ago?) It seems those who are leaking this "news story" can't get their facts in order.
I want to thank Matermuse for getting me started in the right direction on this. Her thoughts and links led me to more links. I share her Youtube video at the bottom of this blog entry.
According to "Curious Presbyterian", David Elinkgton wrote to Dr Thonemann this letter
which CP got at this link
That Dr Thonemann letter is also here, with added comments at the bottom that are worth the read, if you are truly interested in this topic.
Christianity Today quoted Larry Hurtado who is Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh:
"I'm impatient with people who go to the press and claim that they have something of enormous scholarly value and do not provide the materials for independent scholarly analysis. Controlling access to information is not how we do business in scholarship." (emphasis in bold added by me)
Christianity Today link
Seattle Examiner also suspects these to be forgeries: Examiner article link
This blogger thinks it was a very funny April Fool's joke: Lead tablets deciphered
...and here's another link:forgeries
Sigh....remember the P.T. Barnum saying? "There's a sucker born every minute"
P.T. Barnum (now dead) isn't the only one who has counted on making money on that fact. As the time of Jesus return draws nearer there will be plenty of deceptions to try to draw us away from keeping our eyes on the truth...and many people will fall for it, unfortunately.