Dead Sea Scrolls expert's son goes on trial over internet hoax
The son of a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar has gone on trial in New York for allegedly trying to discredit his father's academic rival in an elaborate internet campaign.
Raphael Golb (50) was said to have been so angered by Prof Lawrence Schiffman (62) that he set up fake email accounts and websites wrongly accusing him of plagiarism.
The 2,000-year-old scrolls have shed light on Judaism and early Christianity.
Prof Schiffman, chairman of New York University's Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, has an ongoing disagreement with Mr Golb's father, Prof Norman Golb (72) of Chicago University, over the origins of the scrolls.
He is alleged to have sent fake emails, in Prof Schiffman's name, to his students and colleagues at New York University.
The emails directed recipients to internet postings that accused Prof Schiffman of stealing material from Prof Golb.
In the emails the supposed "Prof Schiffman" requested help in covering up the purported intellectual theft. Some emails read: "This is my career at stake."
Mr Golb has pleaded not guilty to charges including identity theft. If convicted he faces up to four years in jail. (© Daily Telegraph, London)