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A reanalysis of two bullae calls into question the dismissal that they are forgeries.
 
10/20/2020
 

Baruch, Jeremiah’s Scribe: Proved?

A reanalysis of two bullae calls into question the dismissal that they are forgeries.

BY CHRISTOPHER EAMES

During the 1970s, two bullae (clay seal stamps) turned up on the antiquities market. These items had an identical impression, made by the same seal stamp. They read: "Belonging to Berechiahu, son of Neriahu, the Scribe." Or in its simplified biblical form: Baruch, son of Neriah. Notice Jeremiah 36:32:

"Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah …."

The bullae, owned and displayed by the Israel Museum and famous collector Shlomo Moussaieff, represented exciting inscriptional proof for the famous biblical prophet’s right-hand man, through whom the biblical book of Jeremiah was written.

Or did it? There was one, rather big, problem: how they were acquired.

 
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