The Fake Jordan Lead Codices

It is distressing to see people blogging and “news” outlets reporting once again about the lead codices from Jordan as though they might conceivably be authentic ancient artifacts. It has been shown that they take text and images from known artifacts and reproduce them over and over again in an attempt to produce something that aims to [Read More…]

Madaba

When I visited Jordan for the first time this summer, one of the destinations was Madaba. The city historically has one of the largest Christian populations in the country, and one of its churches, the Church of St. George, has what remains of an ancient mosaic floor which is the oldest map of the Holy Land in [Read More…]

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Butler University Israel/Palestine Trip 2016 Video

My son made the above video presentation about the trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan this summer. I hope you enjoy it! [Read more…]

Back Home in Indianapolis

After multiple weeks of travel, I am back home in Indianapolis. But I will continue to blog about the various places I visited, books I read while traveling, conversations I had while conferencing, and much else related to these travels. Other than my failure to comment as often as I normally try to, how has [Read More…]

Visiting Edom/Mars

It will take some time to process and share many of the thoughts I had during my recent visit to many places I had been before in Israel and the West Bank, and to places I had never been before especially in Jordan. Among the latter was Wadi Rum, which I only learned after I [Read More…]

The Jordan Codices Exposed

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Around Galilee

Today we visited sites that have some connection to the story of Jesus. Contrary to what some fringe internet voices such as the Jesus mythicists have sometimes claimed, there is evidence for habitation in Nazareth in the first century, in the structures excavated beneath the Church of the Annunciation. Even rather later, in the 4th [Read More…]

The New #1 Biblioblog and More!

The new #1 Biblioblogger is fellow Patheos blogger Scot McKnight’s blog Jesus Creed. Congratulations to Scot and RJS who also blogs there occionally. Exploring Our Matrix came in at #3. Thank you, as always, to all of this blog’s readers and commenters! Several Bibliobloggers have been active in editing the Wikipedia entry about the fake [Read More…]

Brief Update (With Pictures!) on the Lead Codices

Tom Verenna has written an article which has just appeared online in The Bible and Interpretation which explains clearly and concisely why increasing numbers of scholars have reached the conclusion that the lead books allegedly discovered in Jordan are fakes. [Read more…]

Jordan Lead Codices: Exposing the Fakes

Tom Verenna made the video above, with input from a variety of scholars and bloggers. It sums up nicely the reasons for concluding that the lead books supposedly found in Jordan are in fact fakes. [Read more…]