I want to address several related issues in this article:
- Are Authentic Manuscripts Legally Available for Sale?
- Are Biblical Manuscripts Sold Illegally?
- What Are Unprovenanced Biblical Manuscripts?
- Do Fake or Forged Biblical Manuscripts Exist?
Are Authentic Manuscripts Legally Available for Sale?
I did a quick search on Google and found several web sites that sell old Biblical manuscripts and...
There's a lot of conflicting information on this subject, so please forgive me if I get some details wrong.
This whole story is convoluted, so a "cast of characters" (and organizations) may help, and I'll be using some below.
- Egypt Exploration Society (ESS) - The organization that owns and curates the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, found in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Based in...