Title$, position$… and the revi$ion of hi$tory.
First, note this post… Hilarious.
If you’ve followed the Simcha/Tabor fiasco, you’ll note the need to call into question certain items, especially related to Simcha’s interview with Father Puech. This has caused some to reconsider some of the long standing issues from the beginning, such as the number of replicas in the possession of Simcha, et al.
Dr. Mark Goodacre has revealed that there are two replicas.
Simcha swears that his opponents are something like 33rd degree Masons
Dr. Tabor has since responded, suggesting that their is a pre-existent narrative (we are unable to prove) and,
They are indeed somewhat different since two different labs produced them using the photos we had taken. I think the second might be a bit more accurate overall, especially in the proportional size of the “fish” and a more careful representation of the “little fish” along the border, plus a few other details, such as the “zig zigs” on the left end that should have been added.
As Tom Verenna has pointed out, Tabor has been shown to have changed certain items and representations based on criticism, without citing either his changes or his motivations for such changes.
Notice who Tabor says made the second replica –
The second was done in Israel by Associated Producers, for the launch of The Jesus Discovery film
Associated Producers is Simcha’s company. Further, there is considerable time between the creation of the two replicas. What transpired in this time? The criticism leveled from actual scholars.
There are issues here as well, but more on that as it develops.
For instance, see Tom’s post on what makes a replica a replica.