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Biblical Archaeology Review 47:4, Winter 2021

The Shapira Scrolls: The Case for Forgery

By Ronald S. HendelMatthieu Richelle

In 1883, antiquities dealer Moses Shapira presented to the watching world several scroll fragments that he claimed were an ancient biblical manuscript. Yet the manuscript was quickly decried as a forgery. Although its authenticity has been reappraised recently, biblical scholars Ronald S. Hendel and Matthieu Richelle argue—with old and new evidence—that the Shapira Scrolls are forgeries.

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