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The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices: The Mystery of the Sealed Books [Kindle Edition]

David Elkington , Jennifer Elkington , Margaret Barker , Philip Davies , Keith Hearne
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Book Description

The Case For the Jordan Lead Codices presents a series of essays by eminent scholars underlining the case for proper analysis and restoration of the codices back to Jordan. For the first time, a very thorough analysis of the metal and its origins is argued by a senior analyst in the private sector.

David Elkington provides a brief account of the discovery. Added to this is a groundbreaking article by Dr Margaret Barker placing the codices in their proper historical and theological context, arguing for their authenticity and the need for further research. Her case is underscored by Prof Philip Davies, the man who was prominent in breaking the embargo on the Dead Sea Scrolls in the early 1990s. An essay by Dr Keith Hearne, one of the world's foremost psychologists, explores the effect of unscrupulous blogging on the delivery of fact and context in history. He discusses the case for religious ‘shock’ in the light of the implications of the discovery.

Jennifer Elkington discusses the effect of the Thoneman affair in the context of proper academic behaviour whilst revealing the fact that very few individuals have had, or asked for access to, proper samples and analysis of the codices.

Editorial Reviews


...the codices have been subjected to a torrent of denunciation and ridicule on the internet, with many bloggers arguing there is a moral duty as well as a scholarly one to expose the objects as fakes. The sceptics' certainty is undented by the fact that very little laboratory analysis of the objects has been published.  Erasmus column, The Economist

The more one reads of Margaret's arguments, the more one is persuaded that these are very important artefacts that deserve proper study... Society of Antiquaries of London (SALON)

'This is a very exciting discovery of a large number of hitherto unknown documents from the 1st or 2nd century CE. The idiosyncratic Old Hebrew script in which the texts are written is hard to decipher, but preliminary indications suggest they contain ethical teaching derived in part from the Hebrew Bible.'
Prof Emeritus John FA Sawyer, Honorary post, Durham University, Former President of the Society for Old Testament Study

'I have been following the story of the lead codices with interest and look forward to the results of future research.' 
      Prof CTR Hayward of the University of Durham

Not many are convinced by Margaret Barker's theory, but not many biblical scholars are quite as erudite in the field as she is... Few of the scholars who have seen the codex are convinced that it is a modern product...    Emeritus Prof Philip Davies, Sheffield University

"The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices provides a history and in-depth scientific analysis of the codices - while not conclusive, they certainly indicate the codices are deserving of much greater study - as well as a scathing indictment of the Internet's unchecked proliferation of self-declared experts souring the possibility of further research." --Glenn Dallas, SF Book Review

From the Inside Flap

Arguably the most important religious discovery of all time, the Jordan Lead Codices are considered by many to be more significant in the history of the Christian Church than the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels.
Much has been going on behind the scenes to try to prevent the publication of any related analytical material.  News of the discovery of the codices was suppressed in Jordan in early 2013. Academics refused to acknowlege both the authors and their efforts to rationalize and analyze the hoard; they even prevented excavation of the cave site in which the codices were found. Furthermore, bloggers and scholars with vested interests aided this suppression by seeking to discredit the discovery.
The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices brings together for the first academic papers to be written abouth this ancient find.  In Discovering the Lead Codices, David Elkington provides a first-hand account of the uncovering of the hoard.  Following this is Forgery and the Bible by Professor Philip Davies, who was prominent in breaking the embargo on the Dead Sea Scrolls in the early 1990s.  A groundbreaking article by Dr. Margaret Barker, Those Codices, places the artefacts in their proper historical and theological contexts, making the case for their authenticity as well as the necessity for further research.  A specialist Chartered Engineer in the private sector underscores Barker's argument in an extensive paper, Summary of Technical Analysis of the Jordan Codices, which points to the codices being the earliest Christian texts ever discovered.  An essay by Dr Keith Hearne explores the effect of unscrupulous blogging upon the delivery of fact and context in history in Encounters with the Cyber Commentariat. And finally, in A Right to Reply, Jennifer Elkington discusses the 'Thonemann Affair' (in which Oxford lecturer Peter Thonemann declared that 'the material had been faked') within the framework of proper academic behaviour.  Elkington also reveals the fact that very few individuals have had, or have asked for, access to proper samples and analyses of the codices. This is underlined by further background material describing the activities of certain players in the field.

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  • File Size: 8370 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNPF44K
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The Elkingtons' second book, also from Watkins Publishing, is a more technical defense of the authenticity of the codices entitled The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices: The Mystery of the Sealed Lead Books. About half the length of Discovering the Lead Codices, The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices comprises six chapters and two appendices. This review will summarize the arguments forwarded in each essay and comment.

David Elkington, "Discovering the Lead Codices"

This first essay comprises a brief description of the circumstances and events surrounding the Elkingtons' involvement with the codices. The companion volume, Discovering the Lead Codices, is a much more detailed account of the same. In short, the Elkingtons first came across the codices in September of 2007, when a Sunday Times reporter showed them photos of the artifacts. Two months later a meeting was convened with professionals in order to set forth a plan for determining the "origin and antiquity of the objects." The Bedouin in possession of the codices funded multiple tests to that end, which is presented by Elkington as an indication he was not behind any grand forgery scheme.

Between the discussion of these analyses and further discussion of the discovery site, Elkington shares some considerations he feels mitigate the notion of forgery and support an ancient Hebrew-Christian provenance. He forwards the perplexing question stated multiple times elsewhere: "If the codices are forgeries, what are they forgeries of?" Then the iconography and layout of the codices is discussed in order to suggest agreement with ancient temple motifs. Elkington shares the opinions of some professors in the field, including John Sawyer, currently on the faculty at Durham University. That Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars September 16, 2014
Fascinating read and a crucial academic contribution and complement to "Discovering the Jordan Lead Codices"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Academic weight to back up 'Discovering the Lead Codices' September 22, 2014
A most interesting read, this book gives academic weight to the first book 'Discovering the Lead Codices' and will no doubt be followed by more as this most fascinating of discoveries becomes more fully understood.
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