Man accused of posing as Dead Sea Scrolls expert

NEW YORK: Jurors in a Manhattan case are trying to decide whether a son posing online as a Judaic studies professor to avenge his father’s scholarly work is guilty of identity theft.

Raphael Golb is accused of making up e-mail addresses and posing as five different people involved in the academic debate over the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has pleaded not guilty.

Assistant district-attorney John Bandler asked jurors on Thursday to set aside the drama behind the case and focus on the evidence. He told them regardless of the details, impersonation is a crime.

The case has exposed a world of bitter academic squabbling about the creators of ancient texts and dealt with contemporary notions of Internet privacy and online etiquette. — AP

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