[Ads-l] Batson D. Belfry and Batson D. Sealing, was Re: [ADS-L] batshit

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Dec 12 06:17:39 EST 2016


Speaking of Batson D. Belfry (from the Shoe strip), in 1990 an American Egyptologist using the name Batson D. Sealing submitted an article to the British periodical Discussions in Egyptology. The article claimed to reproduce from an old New Orleans periodical a text in an unknown language. It was a fake periodical issue, but imitated an issue of a real one. The text was in Demotic, which the new article misleadingly translated. It was actually a (modern) translation into Demotic of parts of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas. It was set in type for publication and was written up in The Financial Times as a great discovery before being recognized as a hoax the next week, and is listed in WorldCat (below). There have been many fake mss offered lately.


Stephen Goranson

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Batson D Sealing;  R S Walker

1990
English [Article]  Article 12 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
[Oxford : Discussions in Egyptology,
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From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Jonathan Lighter <...>
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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] batshit

> The comic-strip character, Batson D. Belfry.

Whoa! You got me there!

Details?

JL
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