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Biblical Autograph Books

May 2, 2011

By hook or by crook, I'll be last in this book

An autograph book is a book in which one collects the autographs of others. Traditionally, these books would include small pieces of verse, personal messages, poems, and drawings from one’s friends. Yearbooks, friendship books, and guest books are modern derivations. They were popular among university students from the 15th century until the mid-19th century, after which their popularity began to wane as they were gradually replaced by yearbooks. Today’s autograph book is most frequently seen in the hands of children, collecting signatures from their favorite cartoon celebrities in amusement parks. [Sourced Wikipedia]

What the Experts Think

There is currently a battle being waged over ownership of the books. According to the Daily Mail, they were discovered about 5 years ago in a cave in Jordan. They were then transferred from one bedouin to another who supposedly smuggled them into Israel. The current owner is claiming they have been in his family for 100 years, but the Jordanian government is demanding they be returned and placed in a museum. Whatever happens, here’s why this find may be very important indeed. This is going to be a bit inside baseball for some readers, so I apologize for that.

In 66AD the Jews were fed up with Roman occupation of their homeland and started a revolt. Emperor Nero sent one of his generals to crush the revolt. Vespasian cut through Galilee and laid siege to Jerusalem. This became known as the First Jewish War.  [Read the rest at VerumSerum]

17 Questions - Robert Eisenman

Queen Helen's Menorah, Rome after it was plundered from Jerusalem by the Romans

Image Snaffled from Andrew Gough’s Arcadia, 17 Questions with Robert Eisenman

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