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Norman Golb on the DSS

Bibbiablog has a summary of Norman Golb’s theory about the authorship of the Dead Sea Scrolls and his criticism of a number of recent exhibits featuring the DSS.

While variations in wording can be found in each of the exhibitions, the basic idiom and associated message remain the same: they have in common an effort to convince the public of the truth of the old theory, created in the infancy of Scroll scholarship, that these manuscripts were written in whole or at least in large part by a Jewish sect of Essenes supposedly living at a site — Khirbet Qumran — located in the Judaean Wilderness near the Dead Sea shore. These claims contradict the presently known accumulation of evidence, adduced by growing numbers of text scholars and archaeologists, demonstrating that the Scrolls are of Jerusalem origin, that Khirbet Qumran was a secular site with no connection to a religious sect, and that the Scrolls lack any organic relation to that site. [..]

3 Responses to “Norman Golb on the DSS”

  1. 1
    Charles Gadda's Watcher:

    And as he predicted, you would attempt to make it into a Christian-Jewish thing. (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Dead_Sea_scrolls#why_he_does_what_he_does)
    Don’t play the anti-Semite card. It makes light of all the genuine cases of anti-Semitism in the world. Dr. Cargill is a well known critic of Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians (read his blog), and accepts the interpretation that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the result of Jews living at Qumran. How is disagreeing with Norman Golb anti-Semitic? Jodi Magness, Geza Vermes, Shalom Paul, Eric Myers, Bruce Zuckerman, Thomas Levy, Risa Levitt-Kohn, Emmanuel Tov, Esther Chazon, David Goodblatt, and Larry Schiffman are all Jewish and were all invited to speak at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibitions, and they all disagree with Dr. Golb. Are they all anti-Semitic? All of the prominent and relevant Jewish scholars dealing with the Dead Sea Scrolls got invited to speak at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibitions. Even Dr. Golb was invited to speak at the Kansas City exhibition, lest we forget. This has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, it has everything to do with good scholarship. And for the record, all of the scholars who profess to be Christian that were invited to speak at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibitions agree that the Dead Sea Scrolls were written by Jews, and have nothing to do with Christianity.

    You’re just mad because Cargill handed you your ass over at Wikipedia.

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    Auntie Semi Tea zm:

    Why are three of the comments still up? It’s not a mystery who “they” are. They must be aliases used by “Charles Gadda” who is alleged to be Raphael Haim Golb. See the arrest notice by the Manhattan DA. “Charles Gadda” is the author of the linked article in Now Public and Norman Golb has stated on the record that his son, Raphael, used the alias “Charles Gadda.”

    http://manhattanda.org/whatsnew/press/2009-03-05.shtml

    “Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau today announced the arrest of a 49-year-old man for creating multiple aliases to engage in a campaign of impersonation and harassment relating to the Dead Sea Scrolls and scholars of opposing viewpoints.

    The defendant, RAPHAEL HAIM GOLB, was arrested on charges of identity theft, criminal impersonation and aggravated harassment. The crimes in the Criminal Court Complaint occurred during the period of July to December of 2008.

    The investigation leading to today’s arrest revealed that GOLB engaged in a systematic scheme on the Internet, using dozens of Internet aliases, in order to influence and affect debate on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in order to harass Dead Sea Scrolls scholars who disagree with his viewpoint. GOLB used computers at New York University (NYU) in an attempt to mask his true identity when conducting this Internet scheme. He gained access to NYU computers by virtue of being a graduate of the university, and having made donations to its library fund.”

    He writes, “My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that antisemitism can be a very subtle thing.”

    Lying about and falsely accusing people of antisemitism is not a subtle thing. It is ugly. It is unfair. Now that this blog publisher knows who is behind the aliases, he should explain what is going on here or remove the comments altogether – why support an apparent attempt to destroy innocent people?

  3. 3
    Menachem Mendel:

    “Lying about and falsely accusing people of antisemitism is not a subtle thing. It is ugly. It is unfair. Now that this blog publisher knows who is behind the aliases, he should explain what is going on here or remove the comments altogether – why support an apparent attempt to destroy innocent people?”

    I have actually started thinking about what to do with the comments a few weeks ago. I kind of forgot about them since I’ve been very busy with other things. Thanks for reminding me. While his comments here may have attacked certain people and been wrong, they would never warrant any criminal investigation. Saying stupid and offensive things is not a crime and the criminal charges that Golb is being accused of are very different.

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