Talk:Aramaic Enoch Scroll

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This final sentence of this seems biased:

If it was proven to have been a part of the original Aramaic book, it would mean that all of its prophecies concerning the coming Son of Man, which no one can mistake for non other than Jesus, would have been written before Jesus was born.

I am changing it to read

If it was proven to have been a part of the original Aramaic book, it would mean that all of its prophecies concerning the coming Son of Man, which some believe refers to Jesus, would have been written before Jesus was born.



This article claimed that Gerald Lankester Harding, the director of Jordan's Department of Antiquities (1936–1956), said that he had seen a complete Aramaic Enoch scroll. The article cited three sources as verification. In the sources that were cited, Harding isn’t quoted or reported to have said that he had seen an Aramaic Enoch scroll.

The first source cited was an article by Avi Katzman in Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls (Hershel Shanks, ed., page 262). Katzman quotes John Strugnell saying that he saw two scrolls that have not been publicized and that one of these scrolls was an Aramaic Enoch scroll. Strugnell also says that Harding told him that he’d seen three unpublicized scrolls. Strugnell adds that of the scrolls that Harding saw, only one scroll was one of the scrolls that he (Strugnell) had seen. Strugnell does not say whether the scroll that both he and Harding saw was the Aramaic Enoch scroll or if it was the other scroll that he had seen. This source offers no confirmation that Harding saw an Aramaic Enoch Scroll.

The second source cited was The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls by Neil Asher Silberman (page 162). I quote from the book: “There are those that will swear to this day (John Strugnell is one of them) that they were shown by bedouin a complete manuscript of the Book of Enoch and perhaps another that is now owned by a private investor somewhere in the Arab world.” None of those people, except for John Strugnell, are mentioned by name.

The third source cited was an article by Stephan Goranson from mail-archive.com: <http://www.mail-archive.com/g-megillot@mcmaster.ca/msg00202.html>. Goranson says that he saw an Illustrated London News article (“I’ll dig up the date as needed,” he says) in which, according to Goranson, Harding “mentions an Aramaic Enoch Scroll.” This is by no means verification that Harding said that he saw an Aramaic Enoch Scroll. It is merely Goranson claiming that he saw an article in which Harding “mentions” the rumored scroll. The article from the Illustrated London News isn’t sufficiently documented, nor is what Harding said or the context of what he said provided.

Because none of the sources cited provide any confirmation that Gerald Lankester Harding said that he saw an Aramaic Enoch scroll, I have removed the sentence that states that he did. Ring Giver (talk) 05:02, 28 January 2013 (UTC)