News Round-up

A few items of note:

1. Today is the fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (Seventeenth of Tammuz) which commemorates the breaking down of the walls of Jerusalem and the end of the siege on the city. The Talmud is undecided as to whether this event occurred on this date prior to the destruction of the First Temple, but this is the agreed upon date for the Second Temple.

2. The Codex Sinaiticus Project has gone live. Here is the description from the website:

Codex Sinaiticus

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

The Codex Sinaiticus Project

The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript.

3. The Copper Scroll is under discussion by Robert Cargill on the Bible and Interpretation site. He explains the difficulty in deciphering the meaning of the Copper Scroll and describes the newest attempt by amateur archaeologist to “crack its code.”

4. And, lastly, Raphael Golb has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole identities in order to discredit his father’s academic adversaries. Background on this story can be found on this blog in a post called “Scrolls and Scandals.”

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