This is really excellent news:
ASOR is pleased to welcome Eric Cline and Christopher Rollston as the new co-editors of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Dr. Cline and Dr. Rollston will begin their editorship on July 1, 2014. Dr. Jim Weinstein and Dr. Larry Herr will continue as co-editors until June 30, 2014. Dr. Weinstein will conclude almost 20 years as editor of BASOR.
BASOR could not be in better hands. This is such good news. I’m so pleased at the decision and so proud of both of them.
Aren Maeir has written what can only be classified as a thorough, honest, forthright, exceptionally balanced, extremely helpful and brilliantly worded review of Avi Faust’s latest tome.
Two words: wow. Wow! You owe it to yourself to read it for two reasons: 1) it’s that good; and 2) it’s a model review the likes of which I have not seen since our dear brother and colleague James Barr passed away. Indeed, I would call Maeir’s review ‘Barr-ian’ and no higher compliment can be paid to either review or reviewer.
Interesting question, isn’t it… And it’s raised in an essay to which Larry Schiffman refers- so it’s worth reading.
Recently, a rabbi wrote a letter to the Vatican asking about the presence of the Temple vessels in its vaults. The Pope’s representative in Israel, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, responded that if the Vatican had Temple vessels in its possession it would have already returned them. Ami Magazine interviews Prof. Steven Fine and myself about how Jews came to believe that the vessels were in the Vatican and why it is historically impossible.
After SBL and Robert Deutsch’s announcement that he was suing the IAA, Bob Cargill made the following sage remarks in comments on a post on his blog from a good while back. And since they appeared in comments, and a lot of people may not check comments after posts have been up for a while, here they are for your reading pleasure:
So Robert, if you’re going to sue him, why take out the cheap, retaliatory ad in BAR? It makes you look vindictive and undercuts any moral authority you might have had. Do you not think these ads are going to come up in his defense? The BAR ads were stupid. You shot yourself in the foot with them. Now you’re going to threaten a series of lawsuits against anyone who testified against you? You’re going to spend the next ten years in court. And every time you try to paint yourself as an innocent victim, they’re gonna point at this little BAR ad campaign and say, ‘See, he did it too. It’s a tit for tat retaliatory game. He’s not just the victim, he’s the aggressor too.” The BAR ads were foolish. And now you’re going to publicly accuse him of fabricating evidence…a claim you will now have to prove in court to keep from getting sued yourself? Seriously, who is giving you legal and PR advice? Because you’re not acting like an innocent victim… It was, however, good to see you there in the back at my SBL paper.
And then, after Deutsch responded
Lol. I was headed to the men’s room out and back mid-session just before my presentation if you recall, so no, I didn’t stop to chat. And again, it’s not a bulldozer. You know that. If you want to prosecute your claims against Dr. Goren in the comments on blogs, then OK. Just remember the rules on hearsay, and that once you accuse him, the burden shifts to you to prove your claim, or else it could be considered libel. And trust me: I know all about courtrooms and blogs and comments. Every comment you leave online can (and likely will) be used against you. All I’m saying us that if you’re looking to sue people, you are not heaping yourself by accusing others in comments on blogs. I doubt you’ll see a dime from the IAA, and you’ll most certainly be counter-sued by individuals you sue. And if you can’t prove in court that evidence was tampered with, you’ll lose, and that likely will cost you cash. Do yourself a favor and don’t make accusations online. I’m just trying to help. Prosecuting a case in blog comments looks petty – take it from a scholar who blogs: you’re not helping yourself.
When Simcha announced his suit of Zias I said that I hoped he would, and I maintain the hope, that he will drop that action. I hope the same of R. Deutsch. There are too many suits by too many people these days. They achieve nothing but acrimony and a general distrust of the academic enterprise in the eyes of the wider public.
With thanks to this guy for the tip.
Tel Aviv University announces
Registration for next year is NOW OPEN! http://archaeology.tau.ac.il/internationalMA/ Come study the Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible – IN the Land of the Bible along with other students from across the globe!
Another essay posted today on Academia.edu is this one by Israel Finkelstein and Benjamin Sass- The West Semitic Alphabetic Inscriptions, Late Bronze II to Iron IIA: Archeological Context, Distribution and Chronology.
The article deals with the chronology and geographic distribution of the Late Bronze II to late Iron IIA alphabetic inscriptions found in the Levant, ca. 1300–800 B.C.E., with an emphasis on the archaeological context. It traces the expansion of the alphabet from its core area in the Shephelah in the Late Bronze age to the rest of the Levant starting in the early Iron IIA, ca. 900 B.C.E., and the parallel development of the alphabet away from Proto-Canaanite.
9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE)
Basel, June 9-13, 2014.
The Congress is organized by the University of Basel, as a co-operation of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Theology.
The Congress is the most prestigious event of this kind for Near Eastern archaeologists. It is held biannually in different cities. Earlier congresses were held in Rome (1998, 2008), Copenhagen (2000), Paris (2002), Berlin (2004), Madrid (2006), London (2010), and Warsaw (2012).
The ICAANE is the only world-wide international conference on the archaeology of the Near East, and is attended by specialists on Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology from leading research institutions, museums and scientific centres – about 1000 participants, delivering 450 speeches.
More including registration and program are available at the link above.
“Biblical Events and Environments – Authentification of Controversial Archaeological Artifacts”. It has just appeared in the 2nd edition of the highly reputable “Treatise on Geochemistry” For details see here- http://www.amazon.com/Treatise-Geochemistry-Second-Edition-Turekian/dp/008095975X.
Chris Rollston addresses that question in this essay.