Biblical Archaeology, the Limits of Science, and the Borders of Belief

Nina Burleigh, author of Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land
March 3, 2010
7pm, Breasted Hall

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In this lecture, journalist and author Nina Burleigh examines what Israeli authorities have called "the fraud of the century" – a scheme to modify archaeological objects or create entirely new ones to make them appear to verify biblical characters or stories. Burleigh will discuss these characters, the scheme to defraud high-end collectors, and the gullible religious public, and how the James Ossuary Case in a small courtroom in Jerusalem has put all of biblical archaeology on trial.

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