This list features publications by and for the Lying Pen of Scribes research project

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Dødehavsrullene—a Podcast by the Lying Pen of Scribes

Created by Signe M. Hægeland


Justnes, Årstein, and Signe M. Hægeland. “Missing: Have You Seen These Scrolls?” BAR 48.3 (2022): 23–24.

Lande, Dana Ryan. “Edmund Wilson, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Rhetoric of Protection.” Frontiers of Narrative Studies 7.2: 176–92.

Nongbri, Brent. “How the ‘Jerusalem Scrolls’ Became the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran Cave 1: Archaeology, the Antiquities Market, and the Spaces In Between.” Harvard Theological Review 115.1: 1–22.

Press, Michael D. “The Career of Moses Shapira, Bookseller and Antiquarian.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly. 1–24.

Press, Michael D. Review of Olga Tufnell’s “Perfect Journey”: Letters and Photographs of an Archaeologist in the Levant and Mediterranean, edited by John D. M. Green and Henry Ros. Levant: 1–2.

Press, Michael D. “Show Stopper: The 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.” TLS. 9 December.

Tabita, Tobing L., Sule Y. Yayilgan, Sony George and Torleif Elgvin. “Isolated Handwritten Character Recognition of Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts.” Archiving Conference (2022): 35–39.


Elgvin, Torleif. “More on 1QSamuel and the Theory of Literary Growth. Response to Benjamin Ziemer.” ZAW 133.1: 64–72.

Hægeland, Signe M., Martin S. Stomnås and Årstein Justnes. “Lost Dead Sea Scroll Fragments: A Database.” Version 1.1.

Justnes, Årstein and Josephine Munch Rasmussen. “More Dubious Dead Sea Scrolls: Four Pre-2002 Fragments in the Schøyen Collection.” DSD 28: 20–37.

Press, Michael D. “Confirmed as a Batchelor: The True Story of a Hoax Gospel.” TLS. 12 February.

Press, Michael D. “Here be Dragomans.” History Today 71.6 (June).

Press, Michael D. “The Myth of Moses Shapira.” Ancient Jew Review (1 September). The article was originally commissioned by the Israeli magazine Hazman Hazeh and published by them in Hebrew as “Shapira-Mania” in their August issue.


Elgvin, Torleif. “1QSamuel–A Pre-canonical Shorter Recension of 2Samuel.” ZAW 132.2: 281–300.

Gimse, Ingrid Breilid. “The Post-2002 Fragments’ Dependency on Modern Editions of the Hebrew Bible.” RevQ 32.1: 57–77.

Justnes, Årstein and Josephine Munch Rasmussen. “Hazon Gabriel: A Display of Negligence.” BASOR 384.1: 69–76.

Kjeldsberg, Ludvik A. “A Database of Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions in the 20th and 21st Centuries.”


Justnes, Årstein. De falske fragmentene og forskerne som gjorde dem til dødehavsruller [The Fake Fragments and the Scholars Who Turned Them into Dead Sea Scrolls]. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 

Justnes, Årstein. “Fake Fragments, Flexible Provenances: Eight Aramaic ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ from the 21st Century.” Pages 242–71 in Vision, Narrative, and Wisdom in the Aramaic Texts from Qumran. Edited by Mette Bundvad and Kasper Siegismund. STDJ 131. Leiden: Brill.

In the Media

On 16 March 2021 it was announced that Israeli archaeologists had unearthed Dead Sea scroll fragments from a remote cave in the Judean Desert. The Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet wrote an article about it, in which Michael D. Press was interviewed.
See Kleivan, Nikolai Melamed. “Grotteracet [The Race for the Caves].”

On 10 September 2021, Morgenbladet published an article about the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime seizure of several severals from The Schøyen Collection. Thorleif Elgvin and Josephine Munch Rasmussen were interviewed about it.
See Kleivan, Nikolai Melamed and Anders Firing Lunde. “Vil ha skilsmisse mellom forskere og samlere [The Gap Between Scholars and Antiquities Collectors must be widen.”