Were Supposed Fakes Actually The Earliest Torah Manuscripts?

A recent academic paper by Idan Dershowitz makes a case for the manuscript fragments of passages from Deuteronomy written in paleo-Hebrew that were dismissed as fakes after their purchase in the 19th century by the British Museum actually being genuine. The paper argues that the fragments could in fact date to approximately 950BCE, the “First Temple” period. The British Museum sold them for 25 pounds sterling and these fragments entirely disappeared from the historical record after their sale. Read the paper:


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