Friday, July 6, 2018

Origin Stories: A Forum on the “Discovery” and Interpretation of First-Millennium Manuscripts

Origin Stories: A Forum on the “Discovery” and Interpretation of First-Millennium Manuscripts

 A Forum appearing in Marginalia
This forum is sponsored by the First Millennium Network in connection with The Lying Pen of Scribes: Manuscript Forgeries and Counterfeiting Scripture in the Twenty-First Century, the Norwegian project on forgery and provenance. Throughout the course of the forum, contributors will address the scholarship and the politics behind the discovery, interpretation, and diffusion of such “new” texts. Panelists, experts in a range of fields within manuscript studies, will seek to answer questions such as: How can scholars actually tell if a manuscript is authentically ancient or forged in the new age of greater scientific possibilities? What are the ethical issues surrounding collecting, owning, and publishing items that hold religious/cultural value for a wider, non-academic audience? How much do these new finds really challenge our understanding of our own origin stories?

Cluster #1
Årstein Justnes (University of Agder, Norway) – Fragments for Sale: Dead Sea Scrolls
Kipp Davis  (Trinity Western University) – Gleaning from the Cave of Wonders? Fragments, Forgeries and “Biblicism” in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Eva Mroczek (UC Davis) – Batshit Stories: New Tales of Discovering Ancient Texts

Cluster #2
Tommy Wasserman (Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole) – Simonides’ New Testament Papyri: Their Production and Purported Provenance
Roberta Mazza (University of Manchester) – “Property of a gentleman”: The market of ancient manuscripts and the problem of provenance
Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University) – (Still) Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices

More essays will appear in the next issue.

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