Archive for the ‘Holy Books’ Category

Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a skilled forgery

January 27, 2010

A clever bit of detective work by US scholars and scientists has proven that one of the jewels of the University of Chicago’s manuscript collection is, in fact, a skilled late 19th- or early 20th-century forgery.  (more…)

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Grim Writing – The Book of Mormon and Reformed Egyptian

June 13, 2009

Ref._EgyptianThe Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the churches of the Latter Day Saint movement. It was first published in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. According to Smith, the book was originally written in otherwise unknown characters referred to as “reformed Egyptian” on golden plates that he discovered in 1823 and then translated. The plates, Smith said, had been buried in a hill near his home in Manchester, New York, where he found them by the guidance of an angel, a resurrected ancient American prophet-historian named Moroni. (more…)