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Re: “Unraveling the continuing mystique of the Dead Sea Scrolls

See now the Wall Street Journal article on the New York Jewish Museum exhibit, at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122238636935776931.html?mod=googlenews_wsj# Incidentally, further research reveals that Dr. Goranson, the "stacks maintenance" employee of Duke University library who submitted the first comment above, has a long history of offensive behaviour. Here is a comment that was posted by a Dead Sea Scrolls researcher on the ANE site several years ago: "One vivid memory I have of Stephen is when I went to present a paper at the Rome international SBL conference in 2001. I introduced myself to Lawrence Schiffman who commented that I must be the person that Stephen Goranson had tried to stop from speaking at SBL. Shocked, I went to register and the fellow who was running the organizing remarked that I had to be the person who Stephen Goranson had written to him about in an effort to stop me from speaking at the conference. The process was repeated when I spoke to Philip Davies, who was the person who had asked me to speak: he told me that not only had Stephen contacted him, but that he had also contacted the SBL directorship, in his effort to stop me from speaking. Fortunately, Stephen's efforts were in vain and I don't think that the audience was too offended by my paper... I'm not the only one he attacks... Numerous scholars have found themselves being attacked by Stephen. He frequently goes on tirades against Norman Golb on mailing lists where Golb is not present to defend himself. He has written negatively about me on g-megillot, a list I'm not a member of. I'm sure I could construct a long list of other scholars who have been gratuitously attacked by Stephen upon request... To my knowledge Stephen was removed from the Orion list three times, he was removed from ANE once, from Miqra, and once from g-megillot." Here is the link: https://listhost.uchicago.edu/pipermail/ane/2005-February/017851.html See Dr. Goranson's latest offensive attack on Golb, together with a response from several authors, in the comments at http://www.claudemariottini.com/blog/2008/09/who-wrote-dead-sea-scrolls.html

Posted by S. Edelstein on 10/11/2008 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Unraveling the continuing mystique of the Dead Sea Scrolls

How silly can this get. Robert Dworkin's article at http://robertdworkin.wordpress.com is a superb piece of writing and fully deserved to be linked. Claiming people are "sockpuppets" doesn't make it so. I don't see Charles Gadda or "Critical Reader" making comments here, and the "View from Here" person who posted above frankly admitted he was reporting arguments made by Charles Gadda.

By the same token, "Raphael Joel" and "xkv8r" would both be "sockpuppets" for one and the same person, who has been trolling around the internet posting hostile remarks about Charles Gadda.

What about other bloggers in England and California who have taken Gadda's side in this debate? Is the author of the View from Number 80 blog, who has systematically supported Gadda, a sockpuppet for Charles Gadda too? What about the author of the Prying1 blog who share's Gadda's perspective, is he also Charles Gadda? See http://www.number80.co.uk/ and http://prying1.blogspot.com/2007/01/what-controversy-over-dead-sea-scrolls.html

I myself am acquainted with several other people who share my own take on this. Do we all have to use one name, or are we forbidden from posting comments separately?

A simple google search also reveals that the San Diego Jewish World published an entire article on the scrolls controversy by "Raphael Joel"'s adversary Charles Gadda. The editor, Donald Harrison (who is a perfectly decent man and a professional journalist) wrote: "The following commentary appears on the NowPublic website and is reprinted with permission... San Diego Jewish World is interested in presenting all points of view on this subject." See http://www.jewishsightseeing.com/2007-sdjw/2007-10-sdjw/2007-10-09tuesday162/index2007-10-09tuesday162.html

In sum, I suggest we stick to the issues instead of attacking people's integrity, and one would hope that the editors will not allow these ad hominem claims to influence their decision to report on this exhibit in an appropriately neutral manner. They did the right think in referencing a well-written summary of the dissenting view.

Posted by S. Edelstein on 08/13/2008 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Unraveling the continuing mystique of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Allegations of plagiarism have surfaced against the next scheduled lecturer at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit: see http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/plagiarism-and-dead-sea-scrolls-did-nyu-department-chairman-pilfer-chicago-historian-s-work

Posted by S. Edelstein on 08/11/2008 at 7:13 PM

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