So I come across a BBC News item about a 2005–7 discovery of 70 iron books, bound with lead, in Jordan. Books possibly from the very early days of Christianity; books now in the news because a naughty Bedouin took them and ran into Israel with them. A kerfuffle arose; the Jordanian authorities are alleging events as above, and demanding the return of the books, and their instrument in this is a research team led by a David Elkington.
Unfortunately he seems to be the David Elkington featured here, the man who for 20 years “has been led on a revelatory trail through world mythology, linguistics and philology into geophysics, architecture, acoustics, music, neuro-physiology, theology and still further into the all-encompassing, resonant atmosphere of the planet.”
The man whose book featured there, “In the Name of the Gods”, has a back flap text that begins with this:
Everything that exists does so because of vibration.
Matter comes into being because energy vibrates — any science book will tell you that. But understand the science of vibration, learn how to use it and you will have the key to…
— and goes downhill from there.
Really downhill. Go read the blurb yourself; I lack the skill to abbreviate such an interesting theory. It has Templars and Pyramids in it and everything.
All of a sudden, despite the enthusiastic expert opinions in the BBC article, I’m feeling a whole lot less optimistic.
Returning to the Google results page, this page snippet jumps into my eyes, and engages in violent ocular intercourse with them: “David Elkington is at present studying for a doctorate, research for which comprises most of the text of ‘In the Name of the Gods’.”
Which is the book above.
And the BBC article: “One of the few people to see the collection is David Elkington, a scholar of ancient religious archaeology who is heading a British team trying to get the lead books safely into a Jordanian museum.”
I have lost all hope.
A few bits of googling more, and I hit a collection of articles about the matter with this teaser as a preface:
I met with British Archeologist David Elkington who heads the British research team investigating the find during early March 2010 and was sworn to secrecy about this discovery and the huge implications that could follow. There is still much more going on behind the scenes than has so far not been disclosed. David and his wife, whom I also met had been given armed protection which was the result of both of them being shot at during this investigation and also receiving death threats. Someone it seems does not want the information on these tablets released.
Paranoid emphasis in the original.
And then, with this sentence, I go beyond no hope to the other side: “Davids new book is about to be published: The Lead Codices.”
Ah, I see.
The item is in the Daily Mail, the proper home of such items, too: am not surprised to read they’ve interpreted “some of the books were sealed” and “sealed books were common in early Christianity, see the Revelation references” as the unholy hybrid amalgam “sealed books of the Revelation, now found!”
One wonders if the Mail thinks they cause or cure cancer.
The best headline, and the only ray of light in this mess, is over on Gawker: “Possible Da Vinci Code Prequel Unearthed”; also, they quote a Daily Telegraph story which has some honest skepticism in it.
Also, and as a final link, a real genuine expert (Larry Hurtado) appears on the coffinside of this dubious story, a hammer in one hand and a box of nails in the other.
The more I see of discoveries like this, the more I begin to feel everyone should be shooed out of the every single place within a thousand miles of Jerusalem, and real honest archaeologists (and only them) let in for a few decades to do their desire without all the green ink people, forgers and penny-chasers. Then maybe there’d be a better picture of the past, and less of this nonsense.
Also, the more I see of discoveries like this, the more I bless myself (praise Eris, Glycon and Megatron) for going into mathematics. I would have a brain aneurysm if I had to deal with people mutilating my chosen field like this.