Book Review: What Are the Jordan Codices?

What Are the Jordan Codices?Fresh on the heels of an announcement from the UK about a new Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead Books, the Elkingtons have published a third book defending the legitimacy of the Jordan codices, this one entitled What Are the Jordan Codices? The Mystery of the Sealed Lead Books. The articles contained in the book, with one exception, actually constitute a virtually untouched reprinting of the articles from the Elkingtons’ previous publication, The Case for the Jordan Lead Codices. Among some of the editorial changes is the inclusion of my own name where Jennifer Elkington had previously referred obliquely to me as “one particular student.” The anonymous author from the previous book has also now included his name under the title of his paper.

The largest change, however, is the addition of an article written by Dr. Samuel Zinner that draws from a larger paper he has recently published on academia.edu that argues the Jordan codices are indeed modern, but are not forgeries. Rather, they are carefully crafted early modern Zionist “lag baomer” amulets. Zinner’s analysis is creative and thorough, although I believe he skirts around many of the issues that complicate the question of the codices’ origins and the involvement of the Elkingtons. See the full paper for the details of his argument (which are much too detailed to address here).

What Are the Jordan Codices? is, as with the previous volumes, an attempt to arrogate academic legitimacy to the thoroughly unacademic machinations of David Elkington and some compatriots. The articles penned by the Elkingtons and their psychologist colleague uses absolutely horrific personal attacks on me and several other scholars as a smokescreen to obscure and evade their own manipulations and dishonesty, all while accusing us of ad hominem.

I am happy to see that perhaps the codices will hopefully see the light of day so that they can be more directly and thoroughly studied. I still think, however, that the vast preponderance of evidence securely supports the conclusion that the codices are modern productions intended for sale and profit. I am more than happy to be proven entirely wrong, though. Despite the claims of the Elkingtons, I have never attempted to suppress the study or availability of the codices. In fact, as I have pointed out before, I have publicized more photos of the codices and analysis of their iconography and text than Elkington ever has. I would publicize any and all photos and reports and studies that he makes available. Unfortunately, and as anticipated, he saves those details for paying customers.


2 responses to “Book Review: What Are the Jordan Codices?

  • Desert Hermit

    I do not think Dr. Zinner skirts around any issues; he is probably the only professional involved in this study that has approched the issue in a complete and thorogh way. Many others were much too quick to speak and will no doubt look like fools in the end for doing so. I have personally spoken with Dr. Zinner and his statement to me was at the time he made the comment that the codices are “lag baomer” amulets it was formed only by the current and incomplete evidence; and still subject to the final scientific reports. I can tell you at this time that these codices are indeed authentic and the evidence will be announced shortly via a news release. I would hope that this story in the end will teach young academics to wait for the final scientific reports before making judgements that could turn around and bite them.

  • Ricard

    I have just read the elkington book and as evidence of the geuine nature of these objects it is none, mostly prittal prattal of their so called adventures mixed in with religious fiction shaped by the authors over stimulated imaginations stretched out over nearly 300 pages.

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