The Lying Pen Conference, 13–15 April, 2016

“The Lying Pen of Scribes”: Manuscript Forgeries and Counterfeiting Scripture in the Twenty-First Century, Conference, University of Agder, 13–15 April, 2016


Wednesday (A7-001)

12.00–12.15 Coffee and tea

12.15–12.30 Årstein Justnes (University of Agder), Introduction and Welcome


Session I, chair: Torleif Elgvin (NLA University College)

12.30–13.30 Malcolm Choat (Macquarie University), “Forging Antiquity: An overview of the Project”

13.30–14.30 Lunch

14.30–15.30 Alison Schofield (University of Denver), “The Shapira Affair: Were Lost Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered in 1883?”

15.30–16.30 Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF Norwegian School of Theology), “Studying Fakes Without Faking It: Some Fresh Theoretical Perspectives”

16.30–           Coffee and tea

19.00–          Dinner (Bønder i byen)


Thursday (E2-009)

Session II, chair: Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo)

09.15–9.45 Kipp Davis (Trinity Western University), “The Lying Pen of Scribes: A New Research Project”

9.45–10.30 Torleif Elgvin (NLA University College), “‘Nobody Knows the Troubles I’ve Seen’: About Access to Dead Sea Scroll Fragments in Private and Public Collections”

10.30–11.00 Coffee break

11.00–11.45 Årstein Justnes and Line Reichelt Føreland (University of Agder), “How to Construct Provenance: Three Examples”


Session III, chair: Kipp Davis (Trinity Western University)

12.00–13.00 Malcolm Choat (Macquarie University), “From Constantine Simonides to the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: the Authentication of Papyri and Development of Palaeography”

13.00–14.00 Lunch (meeting room A)

14.00–14.45 Tommy Wasserman (Örebro School of Theology & Ansgar School of Theology), “Simonides Forgeries of New Testament Manuscripts in the Mayer Collection”

14.45–15.30 Tor Vegge (University of Agder), ”Fictional Author and Authenticity in New Testament Letters”

15.30–16.15 Beat Art on Campus, a Tour (Frida Forsgren, University of Agder)

16.15–    Prosecco and a light meal

19.00–    Dinner (Cafe Generalen)


Friday (E2-009)

Session IV, chair: Morten Klepp Beckmann (University of Agder)

9.15–10.00 Amanda Davis Bledsoe (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), “The Gabriel Vision: ‘A Dead Sea Scroll on Stone’ or a Modern Forgery?”

10.00–11.00 Kipp Davis (Trinity Western University), “Working with Judaean Desert Manuscript Fragments on a Digital Platform”

11.00–11.30 Coffee break

11.30–12.00 Kipp Davis and Årstein Justnes, Summary

12.15–    Lunch


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