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Lead Codices – Welcome to the Jungle

Ripped from: Lead Codices Press Release – March 22, 2011

One of the biggest and best preserved hoards of ancient sealed books, which had been secretly hidden for centuries, has been discovered in Jordan. Early indications are that some of the books could date from the first century CE/AD and may be among the earliest Christian documents, predating the writings of St Paul. Leading academics consider that the find might be as pivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.
The hoard consists of up to 70 ring-bound books (codices) made of lead and copper. Many of them are sealed on all sides. Scrolls, tablets and other artefacts, including an incense bowl, were also found at the same site. Some of the lead pages are written in a form of archaic Hebrew script with ancient messianic symbols. Some of the writing appears to be in a form of code.

*see Press Release for more

This will be entertaining to watch as it unfolds.  Is it Jewish?  Is it Christian?  Is it legitimate?  Is it from the first century?  Is it later?  Is it yet another fraud? Let the games begin.

A measured response by Larry Hurtago

Wikipedia: Jordan Lead Codices

Exploring Our Matrix: The Latest on the Lead Books from the BBC and around the Blogosphere



6 thoughts on “Lead Codices – Welcome to the Jungle

  1. What’s your take on this? Curious..thx.

    Posted by Larry Jones | April 30, 2011, 12:35 am
    • From what I’ve gathered so far, it is not a credible claim. Let me clarify. I don’t know if any the “Jordon Lead Codices” are genuinely ancient, but scholars did an absolutely wonderful and fast-as-lightning initial dig into the story and came up with enough information to suggest that something smells like rotten fish.

      This case was a testament to both the dedication of interested investigators (many of which are actual scholars) and the kick-ass ability that the interwebs provide in the exchange of information.

      The last time that I looked, the Jordon Lead Codices Wiki-site had done a fairly decent job of keeping up with the story. But here’s a few highlights off the top of my head and you can research it further from the articles referenced in the Wikisite. . .

      In the initial March 22 press release, referenced above, David Elkington was (self) touted as a scholar of Christianity, and, well, a little more clarification is required. From what I can gather he was an art major. The story went viral, so to speak, when a BBC article came out on March 29. The “find” instantly gained the attention of a hand-full of investigators, specifically in the blogosphere, and in a matter of hours and days, the story began to quickly unravel.

      While I’m certain the Wiki-site isn’t complete, it does seem to relay the story relatively well.

      *Pure speculation*
      If I were to take a wild guess at this point, based on the evidence that I have seen, (admitting that my opinion could change with any new information) it’d be that Elkington likely forged ’em and made up the story, that his book deal and BBC special ain’t gonna be the ticket that he was hoping for, but he could always try making a deal with Giorgio (Big-hair) Tsoukalos if any of the images look like discs or people with oblong heads.

      If they’re genuine, they’re of great value. So I still hold out a little hope, but it don’t look good.

      If they’re forgeries, they’re in good company; in a long line of Christian fraud. If it’s junk, the scam should be exposed and we should drop them in the Red Sea right next to the chariot wheels, bury them under Golgotha inside the blood-soaked ark of the covenant or take them to Turkey and put them in the ark right under the scratching on the wall that says “Atrahasis wuz here”.

      David Elkington, AKA Paul Elkington, is a scholar of Christianity like Ron Wyatt was an archaeologist.

      Recent post from James Davila @

      Davila’s credentials

      Posted by Xcntrik | April 30, 2011, 10:41 am
  2. These could be fakes. If they’re genuine and from the first or second century CE, they’re probably Jewish.

    Posted by Ed-M | April 1, 2011, 2:54 am


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