In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Explained, find out what led the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. to announce this week that some of its “ancient” fragments were actually modern forgeries. Nehemia Gordon speaks with top Dead Sea Scroll expert Prof. Eibert Tigchelaar about how even specialists can easily be duped and some of the scientific methods used to determine whether a scroll is authentic. Gordon and Tigchelaar also discuss how a rogue scholar may have conspired with international smugglers to fabricate theology-changing Dead Sea Scroll-like fragments.
Eibert Tigchelaar is a leading authority and author on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Tigchelaar formerly held the position of research associate at the Qumran Institute at the University of Groningen, and was appointed to a professorship at Florida State University, before becoming a research professor at Katholieke University in Leuven Belgium.
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