The alleged discovery of some 70 Christian codices in a Jordanian cave – possibly dating to the first century AD or later in the millenium, has had biblical scholars gasping with excitement this week. While some claimed that the lead codices are forged, I am now able to definitively refute this accusation.
The lead codices were NOT forged! Lead is almost always processed by casting, not by forging. And besides, there are no hammer-marks.
The Difference Between Casting & Forging
Casting is the process where metal is heated until molten. While in the molten or liquid state it is poured into a mold or vessel to create a desired shape.
Forging is the application of thermal and mechanical energy to steel billets or ingots to cause the material to change shape while in a solid state.
- An expert, ATC Group
Therefore, I think the “forgery” hypothesis can safely be consigned to the ever-growing rubbish heap of failed biblical studies hypotheses, there to join such past failures as the sacred mushroom theory of the composition of Revelation, the hypothesis of a pre-apocalyptic Q-community, and the hypothesis of a Yahwist. Well, on second thoughts, let’s not be too hasty about that sacred mushroom theory…