Jordan Codices Update

Recently a number of new posts have been added to David Elkington’s Facebook page. He has two “book reviews” up, as well as comments about the recent Temple Studies Symposium, but most significantly, he has a series of new photos posted. He claims that smugglers are making off with the codices and that the Jordanian government is reluctant to take action because of bloggers who are unwittingly aiding  the smugglers as we work to discredit the codices. A particularly bizarre question is asked by Elkington in this discussion:

The one question we would like to pose is that if they are forgeries, then they are worthless. Why then are they still the subject of illicit smuggling operations?

No item on earth carries inherent monetary value. An item is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and not everyone is aware that these are forgeries. There are many people out there willing to pay for items like these.

The photos provided really add little to what is already known about the codices, although many of them are quite out of focus or tiny:

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