Get a load of this gem in the AP. In a story about Jordanian police preventing the smuggling of ancient scrolls out of Jordan, we read:
Ziad al-Saad says the manuscripts were reportedly found by a Bedouin. He says the relics could be among the earliest Christian writings in existence but tests are under way to date them and check their authenticity.
Al-Saad said on Tuesday that if verified, the relics could be the most significant find in Christian archaeology since the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In one small quote, the Associate Press adds to the delegitimization of Judaism, as well as the delegitimization of Israel, by passing along the lie that the Dead Sea Scrolls are “Christian archeology.”
Most scholars deny any connection between the Christians and the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is little to suggest that the Christians at this time were as secluded or as interested in elaborate rituals of purity and chastity as the community that produced the Scrolls. Still, Spanish Jesuit Josep O’Callaghan-Martínez has argued that one fragment (7Q5) preserves a portion of text from the New Testament Gospel of Mark 6:52-53. In recent years, Robert Eisenman has advanced the theory that some scrolls actually describe the early Christian community. Eisenman also attempted to relate the career of James the Just and the Apostle Paul / Paul of Tarsus to some of these documents.
Just take a look at the number of scrolls concerning Jewish texts—which would be, oh, all of them—and only someone trying to minimize Jewish history in the region would call the scrolls “Christian archeology.” And of course, the AP blithely passes along this misinformation, contrary to its own standards.