Lead Tablets News Story

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(Larry Hurtado):  My colleague David Reimer pointed me to the recently-published news story about a cache of lead tablets that purport to come from the first century, and (if genuine) may cast some further light on the setting of Jesus and earliest Christianity.  So far, I have seen only this online news item in the Daily Mail:

http://j.mp/gXJcCZ

We’ll see how this story runs.  The chance of the items being a modern creation is real, and we’ll all have to reserve judgement until all appropriate scientific tests have been conducted.  And that will require that the items be put into the public domain and properly provenanced.

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About larryhurtado

I'm a scholar in New Testament and Christian Origins, currently Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology in the University of Edinburgh (since 1996), and previously Professor in the Department of Relgiion, University of Manitoba.

3 responses »

  1. Is provenance an important consideration when considering the authenticity of things?

    If we don’t know where something first surfaced, and who the discoverer was and where he got his information, does that make the object or text useless to historians?

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