Saturday, June 10, 2006

Altman Still Babbling About the Dead Sea Scrolls

As Jim Davila has mentioned previously on his blog, one Neil Altman has been spewing nonsense regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls. His jabbering continues unabated by good sense.

It would be in the best interest of the scholars who believe in the antiquity of the Dead Sea Scrolls to discredit the Moshe Leah Scroll because of its striking paleographic similarities to the Dead Sea Scrolls. If those scholars acknowledge it as authentic, however, the obvious conclusion would be that the Dead Sea Scrolls would have to be dated in the medieval era - after A.D. 500 - at the earliest, and the myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls’ antiquity will have run its course. Neil Altman is a Philadelphia-based writer who specializes in the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has a master’s degree in the Old Testament from Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Ill., and was an American Studies Fellow at Eastern College

Yessir. We now have conclusive proof that radiocarbon dating is a fantasy. It's probably just a nutty idea somebody came up to get more funding.

Edit With apologies to Jim Davila, it was of course him, and not Jim West, I meant with regard to previous mention of Altman, as my edit reflects.

1 comment:

Chris Jones said...

Medieval, eh? Even leaving aside all of the usual dating methods that we've come to accept on the basis of testing (and verification through tree rings and such), the internal evidence alone at least places them in the vicinity of where scholarship currently dates them. Regardless of whether you prefer the standard Essene hypothesis or the alternate view proposed by Wise, Abegg & Cook, they fit squarely into that era.