a Harvard PhD does not prevent you from being a criminal

Golb has one defender left…

In the emails, the fictional Schiffman admitted to having plagiarized the work of Norman Golb, professor at the University of Chicago’s prestigious Oriental Institute, Dead Sea Scrollsscholar—and also Raphael’s father. “It is true that I should have cited Dr. Golb’s articles when using his arguments,” the email reads, “and it is true that I misrepresented his ideas. But this is simply the politics of Dead Sea Scrolls studies. If I had given credit to this man I would have been banned from conferences around the world.” It was signed—by some accounts, implausibly—“Lawrence Schiffman, professor,” with a lower-case “p.” (here)

The author, Batya Ungar-Sargon, goes on to ridicule Dr. Lawrence Schiffman and even to suggest the Judge was incompetent,  perhaps negligent.

Ungar-Sargon does get something wrong, unless I am mistaking the reporter’s words when he says Pliny is the source of our information on the Essenes. The first Jewish author to mention this group was Josephus.

Anyway… for a better, more realistic truth… here.

Golb is guilty.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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