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Did Shapira’s Manuscript Contain Ten or Eleven Commandments?

Did Shapira’s Manuscript Contain Ten or Eleven Commandments?

Some of the more unique features of the manuscript that Shapira presented to the world in 1883 are contained in its version of the Ten Commandments. From the very beginning of the Shapira saga, these unique features created a sense of interest as well as objections....

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Shapira and the Inscription of Siloam

Shapira and the Inscription of Siloam

The popular blog of well-known epigrapher, Professor Christopher Rollston has an ongoing academic discussion on the question of the authenticity of Shapira’s manuscript. This is the direct result of Professor Rollston’s blog post titled, “Déjà vu all over Again: The...

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A New Call for a Reassessment of Shapira’s Manuscript

A New Call for a Reassessment of Shapira’s Manuscript

It is a small world when it comes to active Shapira researchers and we all know each other. In an exchange dated 27 May 2020, one Shapira researcher informed me that, “there's a very smart young scholar working on this now who has made some really interesting and new...

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Providence or Coincidence? – Dates Then and Now

Providence or Coincidence? – Dates Then and Now

As we neared the completion of The Moses Scroll, I began to plan for the public release of the book. As I put it in my preface, “following Tabor’s advice, on 14 January 2021 I made the official announcement about the book. The date seemed appropriate to us since the...

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