One of my blog policies has been that whenever some item is found in Israel that is suppose to date from the time of Jesus, is to not post on it and wait a week. That has held me in good stead since they always turn out to be fakes that oddly turn up only during Lent/Easter. This time 70 thin lead books have shown up along with the hype about what it could mean concerning Jesus. As of today I was able to still find plenty of stories about this find. This is despite the fact the Bibliobloggers called them fakes on Friday. Via Michael Barber:
How do we know the discovery is a fraud? Well, for one thing, as Peter Thonemann at Oxford has pointed out, the Greek text was written by someone who apparently doesn’t know the Greek alphabet! Most amusingly, the writing mixes up the Lambda (the Greek “L”) and the Alpha (the Greek “A”). Not a very promising sign of authenticity!
So. . . we can all move on now. Of course, don’t hold your breath for the retractions.
The media always hopes for that bit of evidence to prove Christianity false despite the fact that the Crucifixion and Resurrection were historical events that were documented to some extent outside of Christian sources. Really I wish they would find some authentic document of that time period. When it turned out to attest to the historicity of the times boy would they be bummed. I can just see their sour faces.