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Dead Sea Scrolls debate spurs NY criminal trial

By Associated Press
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 15:27 EDT
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Academic dispute about Dead Sea Scrolls spurs NYC criminal trial over plagiarism accusations

It’s a case of ancient history meeting 21st century tactics.

A New York attorney went on trial Tuesday on criminal charges that accuse him of adopting electronic aliases to discredit one of his professor-father’s academic rivals. The debate is over the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Prosecutors say Raphael Golb turned commentary into crime with e-mails and blog posts that accused his father’s adversary of plagiarism. The rival academic denies it.

Golb does not acknowledge crafting the messages. His lawyers say the online musings — whoever wrote them — are satire, not a crime.

The 2,000-year-old scrolls shed important light on Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity.

Source: AP News

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