Xing Wen argues that Beida Laozi is a Forgery August 9, 2016 Wen XING of Dartmouth has published an essay arguing that the Peking University Laozi bamboo manuscript is a forgery. See here.
Wow! Look forward to the response from BKU.
Don’t hold your breath!
Sorry, PKU. haha.
Does anyone/everyone find his arguments persuasive?
I haven’t read the piece – it would be very time-consuming for me – but it would seem that either Xing is proposing that someone had access to ancient blank bamboos, or these bamboos were never carbon-tested!
Thies Staack has written on this now: “Could the Peking University Laozi 老子 really be a forgery? Some skeptical remarks,” available on his Academia.edu page.
See also Chris Foster’s rebuttal in the latest _Early China_: INTRODUCTION TO THE PEKING UNIVERSITY HAN BAMBOO STRIPS: ON THE AUTHENTICATION AND STUDY OF PURCHASED MANUSCRIPTS https://doi.org/10.1017/eac.2017.2