The Archko Volume. By John Baskette, AIA Research Associate. Hi folks! I’ve just finished a book called _The Archko Volume_ Anyone else have any. The Archko volume; or, The archeological writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmuds of the Jews. (Intra secus.) These are the official documents made in these. W. D. Mahan published a book entitled The Archko Volume. It is the results of his search for 1st century documents. Rev Mahan wrote that his research took him.

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I haven’t read vklumes work as you have, but I have read about it in a book that I have that’s probably out of print, but it’s a terrific book if you can find it: Goodspeed The Beacon Press, Boston, the Library of Congress catalog card number is Goodspeed was a first rate Biblical scholar, professor emeritus of the University of Chicago. An American Translation and has written a number of other books about the Bible or the history of Christian and Biblical literature.

I am going to give you my own paraphrased summary of the salient points in this chapter. I might otherwise just tell you to get the book, but the book may not be available to you.

In a Boonville, Missouri minister, the Rev. Inafter the apparent successful distribution and wide spread popularity of the report, Mahan issued a new volume that contained an expanded version of this report along with eleven other such works, under the title, The Archaeological and the Historical Volujes of the Sanhedrin and Talmuds of the Jews, Translated from the Ancient Parchments and Scrolls at Constantinople and the Vatican at Rome.

This volume has been reprinted many times under various titles, most often as The Archko Volume or Archko Library. Mahan accompanied his original report with an account of how he came into possession of the work. In short, he says he obtained the copy through the help of a German scholar, Henry C. Whydaman, from Father Peter Zrchko, the chief guardian of the Vatican.


Father Freelinhusen provided the Latin text for 35 darics. Vantberger of New York, translated the volume. Mahan even includes a letter from Father Freelinhusen to Whydaman that certifies volkmes accuracy and authenticity of the book. Needless to say, the Vatican does not admit to having any book of this kind nor is there any record in the annals of the Vatican library of any such person as Father Peter Freelinhusen.

The Archko Volume was produced after the Rev. Mahan supposedly traveled to Rome and Constantinople to study the original sources for the life of Jesus. He was assisted by two great, but otherwise unknown scholars, Dr. Twyman of England and Dr.

Goodspeed first wrote his book in the ‘s. It was possible at that time for him to interview people who know the Rev. Mahan volu,es determine if the Reverend had ever traveled to Europe during this time period. Mahan was absent from his home of Boonville for less than two months in the autumn of when he claimed that he was discovering and copying manuscripts in Rome and Constantinople.

Given the time period, it is utterly improbable that the Reverend could do all this traveling and research in so short a time. According to the people that Dr. Goodspeed interviewed, the Rev. Mahan traveled no further than Rome, Illinois from which he dispatched his correspondence. According to Wallace, No one connected with the American legation in Constantinople had any knowledge of a visit by Mahan, nor did any American missionaries at the time, neither did Zia Bey, who was in charge of the library of the mosque of St.

Sophia, know of any Mahan or of any of the manuscripts that Mahan professed to have seen there.


A Critique of the Archko Library

Goodspeed does a great job of documenting many of the absurdities and errors archio this “Volume”. The most incredible and glaring of these is in the manuscript called “Eli’s Story of the Magi”. It appears that several pages of this story were copied verbatim from Ben Hur.

One striking detail is the use of the word anuman. Eli’s story reads, “Egypt is satisfied with her crocodiles and anuman, holding them in equal honor. The Archko is Rev.

The Archko volume is on the loose again! Everyone under the table! – Roger Pearse

The work presented in the early pamphlet, however, predates the Rev. This was supposedly extracted from an Old Latin manuscript recently found at Vienna.

Goodspeed, this volimes pamphlet carries no notice of an author or publisher. This earlier Boston tract is substantially the same as the Rev.

It also appears to be the antecedent of another modern apocryphal work called The Confession of Pontius Pilate. Goodspeed says that nothing is known about where this Boston pamphlet came from, but he does zrchko the contents sufficiently well to show that it is historically improbable. Long after making the above soc. What was different about this more modern edition is that “Eli’s story” was omitted, and that the problems Goodspeed referenced have been “fixed.

The Lord’s Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth II Timothy 2:

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