Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Davis questions the authenticity of some DSS fragments

KIPP DAVIS: Gleanings from the Cave of Wonders? Patterns of Correspondence in the Post-2002 Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments (
This is a preliminary work of comparison between recently published fragments from two private manuscript collections: The Schøyen Collection and the Museum of the Bible. In this survey I analyze physical and scribal features according to eight criteria, and suggest from these findings a relatively well established pattern of correspondence that should lead us to raise serious questions as to both the provenance of these manuscripts, and ultimately their authenticity.
Dr. Davis has posted his paper from the recent Fragments of an Unbelievable Past Conference at Thanks to Sarah Whittle and Roberta Mazza (see second update) for drawing it to my attention.

Background on the conference is here and here and links.