On 20th March 2020, National Geographic carried a publication titled: ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries. Apparently, “all 16 of the museum’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments are modern forgeries;” according to the publication. These were part of the sweeping permanent exhibit on the fourth floor of the Museum of the Bible, and were warmly lit sanctum at the exhibit’s heart; purporting to be fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient texts that include the oldest known surviving copies of the Hebrew Bible.
According to the publication, “a team of researchers led by art fraud investigator Colette Loll found that while the pieces are probably made of ancient leather, they were inked in modern times and modified to resemble real Dead Sea Scrolls.” In the words of Colette Loll, “These fragments were manipulated with the intent to deceive.”
In essence, the exhibit was inadvertently a hype show.
There are a few other models – particularly religious models – I would like to talk about; I do that much later, in Chapter 3. But suffice it for me to say that, when it comes to earning income, meeting the human need to feel important, and so on, most people – including very reputable and noble looking individuals; some with admirable titles and credentials – throw away objectivity, honesty, and care for humanity. And will do anything and everything they possibly can – including carefully planned outward appearances (especially costumes or regalia; visual identity or branding), choice of words, cadence, body language, and other actions and inactions – to mislead others, even if that leads to the suffering of others. And even if that leads to the death of others. There are so many – indeed, too many – examples of this in life.
National Geographic Publication https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries Accessed 11:35Hrs Friday 22nd September 2023.