• is it gold could I get it out of there with no one knowning so I could melt it down and sell it? If yes I' d do what anyone else would do take it home.
  • Archaeologically speaking, it would have to be a relatively modern "dig" for me to recognize a thing as a gospel, say a few hundred years at most. It would be an older version of gospels that we use today. A very large determining factor as to a value would not only be its age, but its location (Boston, South Africa, India, etc.) Or, could you be referring to something such as "the gospel according to Timothy Leary" for example?
  • In most countries there are strict laws governing the disposition of archaeological finds- I doubt that in the modern world there's any latitude for the people on site to determine the disposition of anything.
  • Usually, most of those "digs" are permitted to and financed by specific entities such as universities, govts, or churches. All artifacts found belong to the govts until there is a permit to dig issued. It is actually illegal here in the US for me to go to a site where my ndn ancestors had a town site, and take an artifact away. So, one would have to steal the discovered gospel to give it to anybody. If I were to do that, I'd give it to the Church, and let them take it from there. 4/30/23
  • Well...assuming laws allowed me to make that decision (which seems unlikely), I would certainly give it to appropriately-accredited scholars. Now: where those scholars worked and to whom they were beholden might be important. There are such scholars who work for religious institutions. There are such scholars who work for religious universities, some: universities of questionable repute, some: universities of unimpeachable repute. There are such scholars who work for non-religious universities (of the same sorts). All-in-all, I would be likely to choose the one of the scholars that I deemed to be least biased and most reputable. *** I point out that the discovery of a possible gospel is not surprising. Several purported gospels (and I mean: "purported as such by the ancient author") have surfaced over the centuries. With extremely few exceptions, what we learn from them is that some ancient, nefarious twit re-wrote the Jesus story to support whatever oddball teachings he was teaching, and then that person tried to pass off this "newly discovered, authentic Gospel" to his followers as an original and authentic story of Jesus. There are far, far more ancient Gospels that were excluded from the Bible (because even the ancients recognized them as frauds) than there are included in the Bible.

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