Monday, April 4, 2011

Metal Plates

I have been getting questions about the metal plates that have been in the news, but delayed making a post because I wanted to let the dust settle a bit. I thought it best at this point to tell the story by posting a series of links.

Here is the original story that got the whole thing going. Looking back, I can't believe that this story was linked on the BAR web site. Not good. In the beginning, this made me think the story had credibility.
"Could this be the biggest find since the Dead Sea Scrolls? Seventy metal books found in cave in Jordan could change our view of Biblical history"

A couple days later, Todd Bolen posted a great commentary on his blog articulating his skepticism.
"Early Christian Lead Books Discovery: Some Problems"

Thankfully, Gordon Govier published some clear-headed comments on the Christianity Today web site. Big kudos to CT for publishing this and not jumping on the BBC bandwagon with the sensationalism of this story.
"Scholars Doubtful About Metal Plate Documents' Authenticity," by Gordon Govier from The Book and the Spade (a great podcast, by the way)

And then today, this story came out. Gee thanks, BBC. And since it was posted on Drudge then it must be true, right?
"Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years"

Followed by another great post by Todd Bolen. Here it is - hot off the press.
"Jordan Lead Codices: Evidence of Forgery"

This is a great reminder that Christians need to be very cautious before jumping on the "next exciting discovery" bandwagon. Don't ever go by popular news stories. Wait and see what the experts say. In this case, that's largely been the bloggers. You just have to know which bloggers to trust.

For now, this is filed under "crackpot apologetics" until we know differently.

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