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Bishop of London backs investigation into Jordanian Codices

Tue 17 Mar 2015
By Desmond Busteed

The Bishop of London has backed a new research project into the origins of lead books from Jordon, which scholars claim could date from biblical times.

The Jordan Lead Codices are a collection of small lead scriptures that were allegedly found in a cave in Jordan around 100 years ago, but resurfaced in the last decade.

Speaking at the launch of the Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead Books at St Ethelburga's Church, London, Rt Revd Richard Charters said: "Today we've heard of the foundation of a research centre which is working very carefully with the wreckage of the past to try and understand more profoundly the way in which religious traditions have been formed."

Some experts think the artefacts were created to reflect activities which may have taken place during the Book of Revelation from around 100 AD, because of the imagery depicted on some of the lead codices, but critics have branded the codices as fakes.

Biblical scholar Margaret Barker, chairman, SJLB thinks the books could provide society with a fascinating glimpse into the time after Jesus if they turn out to be genuine, speaking to Premier, she said: "I have spent many, many years writing about and researching and publishing about the Book of Revelation and so much about these books rang true with what I knew about the Book of Revelation, and I really thought, well this really is too good to be true.

"That's why I stayed with this project though all these years of hostility; I want to get to the bottom of this."

The Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead Books is expected to begin using scientific dating techniques on one of the lead codices in the coming weeks.

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