But is this symbol legit? Or is it based on pseudo-scholarship?
I've blogged previously about pseudo-scholarship (LINK). Pseudo-scholarship usually has the following three hallmarks:
(1) emotional bias ("This must be a sign from G-d!");
(2) unscientific or sub-standard methodology ("This skull proves that man evolved from monkeys");
(3) conspiracy theories ("The establishment wants to suppress my research because they know my research could change the world")
So what's the evidence for the so-called Messianic Seal?
It all comes from "The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church" by Schmalz and Fischer. The story goes like this:
Shmalz and Fischer went to meet this guy named Schneider who claimed that an old monk gave him some ancient artifacts engraved with the Messianic Seal depicted above. Schneider then presented these artifacts to the curator of the Israel Museum only to later learn that the curator decided to "suppress" them. To make matters worse, the old monk died before he could bequeath any of the remaining artifacts to Schneider (talk about bad luck).
So was there any pseudo-scholarship going on? Let's check:
(1) Were there any emotional bias?
Only that Schneider claims the Israel Museum has suppressed the artifacts that he had entrusted to them and that Orthodox rabbis organized attack mobs to go after Fischer.
In conclusion, this is a classic case of pseudo-scholarship.