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

Table of Contents


Justnes, Årstein and Ludvik A. Kjeldsberg. “‘Much Clean Paper for Little Dirty Paper’: The Market for Dead Sea Scrolls in the Twenty-First Century.” JAJ 14: 222–262.

Press, Michael D. “The French Connection: Charles Clermont-Ganneau and the Antiquities Trade Network in the Late Ottoman Levant.” JAJ 14: 196–221.

Press, Michael D. Review of The Caves of Qumran: Proceedings of the International Conference, Lugano, 2014, edited by Marcello Fidanzio. RevQ: 307–8.

Press, Michael D. and Årstein Justnes. “Introduction: The Market for Jewish Antiquities.” JAJ 14: 163–5.

Lande, Dana Ryan. “Unreliable Vaults, Holy Disbelief: Narrative Ethics in Dead Sea Scrolls ‘News’.” Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture 11.3: 331–61.

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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.


Deborah, Hilda and Dipendra J. Mandal. “Evaluation of Text Legibility in Alternative Imaging Approaches to Microfiche Digitization.” Archiving Conference 18: 96–101.

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 24 February 2023, Vårt Land published the article Jakten på de tapte Dødehavsrullene [Searching for the lost Dead Sea Scrolls]” about Signe M. Hægeland’s master’s project in which she researches the missing Dead Sea Scrolls fragments (“Jakten på de tapte Dødehavsrullene [Searching for the lost Dead Sea Scrolls]“).

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 the article “Grotteracet [The Race for the Caves].” in which Michael D. Press was interviewed.

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