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Dr. Kipp Davis is a senior researcher with the Lying Pen of Scribes TOPFORSK project at the University of Agder. He is a specialist in early Jewish manuscripts and history, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and most recently has been on the cutting edge of forgeries research in biblical antiquities. He is widely published, and his work has been featured in popular media outlets like The Guardian, Science, CNN, CBSNews, and PBS Nova. Dr. Davis holds a PhD from the University of Manchester (2009), and presently resides and works in British Columbia, Canada.
Josh McDowell is one of the most recognisable Evangelical apologists of the last half-century, and he is renowned in part for his usage of ancient manuscript studies to fortify a number of his exaggerated claims about the New Testament and Christianity. McDowell is a private manuscript collector in his own right, and he involved himself in the recent controversy surrounding the popularisation of a supposedly first-century manuscript fragment of the Gospel of Mark. This film tracks McDowell’s history with ancient manuscripts parallel to the recent history of controversial biblical manuscript finds and forgeries, and deconstructs how he has manipulated this history to rewrite his own conversion narrative.
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