The Valediction of Moses: New Evidence on the Shapira Deuteronomy Fragments

Citation:

2021. “The Valediction of Moses: New Evidence on the Shapira Deuteronomy Fragments.” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW), 133, 1, Pp. 1–22. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

Moses Wilhelm Shapira’s infamous Deuteronomy fragments have long been deemed forgeries, with Shapira himself serving as the obvious suspect. I provide new evidence that Shapira did not forge the fragments and was himself convinced of their authenticity. Indeed, the evidence for forgery is illusory. In a companion monograph, I show that the Shapira fragments are not only authen-tic ancient artifacts but are unprecedented in their significance: They preserve a pre-canonical antecedent of the Book of Deuteronomy.