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The Life Foundations Nexus
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
On our page Hierosolyma Manuscripts Topple Alexandrian House Of Cards! we reported the following:
The Chicago-Jerusalem Archaeological Institute has confirmed that the over 2,000 New Testament manuscripts discovered during the “Hierosolyma Expedition” are, indeed, from the first century A.D. We can also confirm that the “Hierosolyma Manuscripts” are possibly genuine. The probability that they are genuine is fifty-fifty. In other words, we are only able to determine that there is just as much likelihood that they are genuine as that they are not genuine. HOWEVER…the vocabulary, style, and other paleographic characteristics of the manuscripts tell us that:
THIS IS ALL TRUE.
On our page The “Hierosolyma Hoax” we LATER report and prove that the Hierosolyma manuscripts are a hoax.
THIS IS ALL TRUE.
Now, at this point, you may be confused. Part I above states that the manuscripts are “possibly genuine.” Part II above states that they are a hoax; in other words, that they are NOT genuine. Doesn’t Part II prove that Part I is false? No. Part II certainly proves that it is false that the manuscripts are “possibly genuine.” However, it does NOT prove that one of the facts stated in Part I, which is that on our page Hierosolyma Manuscripts Topple Alexandrian House Of Cards! we reported what we quoted above, is false and it does not prove the other facts stated in Part I are false.
Now, note that the Hierosolyma manuscripts are:
A “FRIENDLY HOAX”
What is a friendly hoax? A friendly hoax is “a misleading invention that contains factual evidence and factual reports and may be used to accomplish realistic objectives.” We will illustrate:
In 1990, a Brazilian forger (“hoax maker”) produced a hundred forged (hoax) passports. All of these passports contained the correct names of the passport holders and their actual photographs. As a result, over time, law enforcement was able to track down and arrest the holders of the passports.
Note that, in spite of the fact that the passports were forgeries (hoaxes), they contained factual reports (correct names) and factual evidence (actual photographs). Note, in addition, that the forgeries were used (by law enforcement) to accomplish realistic objectives – the tracking down and arrest of the passport holders.