NB: This is all preliminary and I am not sure how accurate my notes are. With that being said…
Today James Charlesworth presented an image of a fragment (in two parts) that he acquired on 25 October 2006. He said it had been in Zurich since the 50’s and reportedly came from Kando. Some details (and please note, these are Charlesworth’s comments and views):
- One fragment in two pieces under glass. (The sellers put the smaller piece in the wrong place, it goes below the larger piece.)
- Dimensions: I didn’t get those down…
- Back: abraided leather, no ink.
- No stitching.
- No guide lines, horizontal or vertical.
- Gen. 32:3-7a
- Matches MT where extant.
- A vacat is present before the first readable line.
- No corrections
- No sign of Qumran scribal school.
- JC’s view of the paleography is c. 50-110 CE.
- AMSC14 dates it from 95-195 CE.
JC believes it was found in the caves of the Dead Sea region. He wants scholars to report that he has tried to prove that it is a fake and he has been unable to so he asserts that it is authentic.
He also announced that he has acquired another 30 DSS fragments. They will all(?) be available online later in August at http://ijco.org/.
NB: The image that Lombatti posted is not that of the fragment shown by Charlesworth. It is pretty though. What fragment is it?