Jim Davila at PaleoJudaica received an email from a colleague that sheds remarkable light on the “discovery” of the ancient Christian-linked lead books.
In a nutshell, David Elkington (the same guy who’s hawking the lead codices) requested translation help last Fall from Dr. Peter Thonemann for a metal codice that he claimed was part of a collection discovered in northern Egypt. Analysis showed the Greek text had been copied from an ancient tombstone on display in a museum in Amman, Jordan. The copier/inscriber apparently did not know Greek since the text was lifted from the middle of its context and made little sense, and since the alphas and lambdas were rendered identically to each other. (Oops.)
Dr. Thonemann’s conclusion:
The only possible explanation is that the text on the bronze tablet was copied directly from the inscription in the museum at Amman by someone who did not understand the meaning of the text of the inscription, but was simply looking for a plausible-looking sequence of Greek letters to copy. He copied that sequence three times, in each case mixing up the letters alpha and lambda.
This particular bronze tablet is, therefore, a modern forgery, produced in Jordan within the last fifty years. I would stake my career on it.
See the PaleoJudaica post here. There are good photos of the forgery text and plates. They appear similar to the ones from “Jordan” being discussed right now that also originate from Mr. David Elkington.
Is it fair to say that one set of forged metal codices casts doubt on the others being promoted by the same individual?