Carbon dating bible manuscripts
Until scholars have had a chance to examine the manuscript and go through the proper channels, the value of this find cannot be assessed.
E., right at the tail end of the so-called “silent era”— an almost 600-year period from the third through eighth centuries, or the time between the oldest Hebrew Bible fragments (the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the oldest complete Hebrew Bible authoritative Masoretic codices.The manuscript has not been published in any academic journals, and it is generally considered ‘bad form’ to release a manuscript find to the media before scholars have had a chance to vet it.We have noted this problem in the past with the lead codices and the so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’, both of which were quickly discredited by scholars. If something regarded as worthless was written on the valuable parchment, it may have been used to write a copy of the Qur’an much later.
Understandably, testing the ink itself is a rare practice because it requires the destruction of part of the writing.
The virtually intact Isaiah Scroll, which contains some of the most dramatic Messianic prophecy, is 1,000 years older than any previously known copy of Isaiah.