Per Steve Caruso, a translator and teacher of the ancient Aramaic language in Highland Park, New Jersey, the 70 tiny metal books allegedly discovered in a Jordanian cave that had been deemed the earliest Christian documents discovered are fakes!
Caruso stated that he “obtained photos of all the text that was available, and spent the past week looking over them," who was consulted by dealers of antiquities to analyze inscriptions on ancient artifacts.
He says he “noticed there were a lot of Old Aramaic forms that were at least 2,500 years old. But they were mixed in with other forms that were younger, so I took a closer look at that and pulled out all the distinct forms that I could find."
Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience was told by Caruso that "it was very, very odd - I've never seen this kind of mix before."
The youngest scripts Caruso identified, called Nabatean and Palmyrene, date from the second and third centuries, proving that the documents could not have been written during the inception of Christianity per Caruso.
The oldest scripts were written by someone who didn't know what he was doing. The new analysis shows that "there were inconsistencies in how they did the stroke order, which you would never have seen. Scribes had very specific ways of doing things," Caruso stated. Also several characters were "flipped," implying that they were hastily copied rather than original inscriptions.
Caruso's analysis of the texts support recent findings of a Greek archaeologist at Oxford, who said the images appearing in the codices, including one of Christ on the cross, are historically out of order.
"The image they are saying is Christ is the sun godfrom a coin that came from the island of Rhodes. There are also some nonsense inscriptions in Hebrew and Greek," per Oxford lecturer Peter Thonemann. Thonemann estimates that the codices were forged as recently as 50 years ago!
The lead codices were a great story just in time for Easter but in keeping with that same theme, they have also been debunked just before Easter – which in itself is unusual…