Friday, September 03, 2010

Why has Norman Golb been such a target all these years?

Galileo supported the idea of Copernicus, that the sun was at the centre of the universe.  He was pilloried for it by the Roman Inquisitition and forced to recant.  The rest of the world continued to believe that the earth was at the centre.

It is like that with the Norman Golb and the Scrolls.  He has a theory that Qumran was a fortress and that the Scrolls were not written at Qumran but were brought from Jerusalem, and that they represented a cross-section of Jewish ideas.  It seems that much of the world does not take this at all kindly.  The consequences of accepting his views would be too great.

Like Galileo, Norman Golb will be remembered when others who are seemingly important are long forgotten.

Of course, Galileo and Copernicus were both wrong, but they were not to know how the universe was arranged.