(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:
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.