Five fragments that were thought to be a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be removed from the Museum of the Bible after lab test show that they may be fakes.
However, the museum, which is in Washington, D.C., on Monday said that they sent some fragments to a lab in Germany for testing in April 2017. Five of the pieces, according to the scientist, show characteristics that are not consistent with the ancient origin.
Jeffrey Kloha, the museum’s chief curatorial officer, says that they were hoping that the tests would render different results. However, they see this as an opportunity to educate the public. It will educate them on the importance of verifying all the authenticity of any rare biblical artifacts.
With that in mind, the five artifacts from the Dead Sea Scrolls are no longer on display. The museum will replace them with three other pieces. The museum opened last November with signs on some fragments saying, “Are these fragments real? Research continues.”
Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Not Real
Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing was able to run a material analysis of the ink and sediment layers from the five scrolls.
Since finding out about the fabricated segments, the museum has chosen to present the findings as a lesson on transparency as well as verification.
The museum will continue to present the findings as a lesson in verification and transparency. The establishment will continue to support and encourage the research on these five objects.
There has been plenty of criticism towards the $500 million museum since first opening their doors. Most of the criticism has come from their chairman, Steve Green. He is the billionaire president of Hobby Lobby. In 2010, people were smuggling artifacts from Irag and selling them to his company.
The Green family are famous for their biblical collection. At one point, they had almost 40,000 artifacts from historical lands.