A few weeks ago I asked here what further news there was about the so-called “Jesus’ wife” fragment announced to the world in late summer 2012. Since then, despite direct inquiry to Prof. King (the email address listed for her no longer valid) and asking several scholars who were in various ways directly involved in the analysis of the item last year, it has proven impossible to get anything further than the last notice about it given in early 2013, that it was undergoing further “tests”. (How long does it take to conduct such tests, after all?)
One scholar central in the critique of the fragment to whom I expressed my puzzlement over the silence about the matter simply shrugged, opining that pretty much everyone in the know recognizes that the fragment has been discredited and now those who initially proffered it just hope that people will forget the earlier claims. If they stay silent long enough, he suggested, we’ll all move on. Well, that’s one way to handle the matter, I guess. Call me naive, but I still think that the standards of good scholarship require us to keep the record up to date, to admit valid criticisms of our ideas and claims, to admit when we get something wrong, or, in this case, may have been duped, or whatever. Trevor-Roper did so, and I respect him the more for it.
And in between even more honest goodness. I’ll add my own observation: it’s hard to respect scholars who try to sweep things under the rug or who hope that silence will guarantee continued respectability.
With more than plenty of evidence.
Another example of uncited material has been uncovered in a book written by Pastor Mark Driscoll. In this case, it occurred in the book he and his wife, Grace, wrote in 2012, called“Real Marriage” (Published by Thomas Nelson; 2012). This example first was noticed and cited by the blog Wenatchee the Hatchet on Sept. 30, 2013:
The following is an excerpt from Mark Driscoll’s 2013 book, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (Published by Thomas Nelson; 2013)
In Chapter 12, entitled “I Am Forgiven,” on pages 163-166, Pastor Driscoll writes two sections on forgiveness, with the subheads: “Seven Things Forgiveness Is” and “Seven Things Forgiveness is Not.”
Roughly two years before, on May 20 and May 21, 2011, church planter and pastor Ron Edmondson wrote two blog articles, which he posted at www.RonEdmondson.com, with the exact same titles and remarkably similar content to Pastor Driscoll’s book…
See the link at the commencement of the post here for the details and all the evidence. Driscoll isn’t an accidental plagiarist, he is an intentional thought thief. His publishers, whoever they are, owe it to ethics to drop him.
The Discovery of the Lead Codices: The Book of Seven Seals and the Secret Teachings of Jesus Hardcover – April 1, 2014 - by David Elkington (Author) , Jennifer Elkington (Author).
No, I won’t link to it. Why would I. I merely bring it to your attention to make the very simple point that people will prostitute the Bible any chance they get if they think they can make a dollar from it.
When you go into bookstores or you shop around on Amazon, and you buy things like this, the only thing you’re doing is funding lies and enabling the continued misuse of the Bible and the deception of the masses.
(HT Danny Mc)
My pal and buddy Antonio Lombatti has once again hit the nail on the head when he calls this story ‘ridiculous ignorance’ for that is what it is:
Così come è ridicola la patacca delle impronte dei piedi di Gesù, che un anonimo (e vorrei ben vedere…) giornalista ricorda essere conservate nella chiesa di Santa Maria delle Piante a Roma.
Good grief. What insanity.
You might want to rethink your partnership with them.
Trinity Broadcasting Network hosted a Praise The Lord prophecy special this month, featuring a number of speakers including televangelist John Hagee. The right-wing pastor explained that during the End Times, the Jewish people will not accept Jesus as the Messiah until he returns “because they have just— three-and-a-half years or seven-years before — made a deal with the Antichrist, who is the false messiah, and they are extremely skeptical of that.”
David Reagan, another Christian Zionist preacher, said the Jewish people will experience a “horrible holocaust” and the vast majority will die during the End Times: “Two-thirds of them are going to die and that one-third that is left at the end is going to finally come to the end of themselves.”
In other words, they see you and your deaths as the final step before the Kingdom of No Jews Who Aren’t Christians is established on Earth. Is political partnership with these heretics really worth it? Christian Zionists don’t care about you- they only care about their distorted view of history and pathetic understanding of exegesis. They are, in brief, quite insane.
Christian Zionism is heresy. But worse, it is also merciless and vindictive and gleeful at the thought of millions of Jewish deaths because that will, they think, usher in the end.
To put it bluntly, they want Jews dead. Very much like another group of people in the 20th century did.
Thank you, George Athas, for this one:
It recommends this? Oh please- his profile might as well say ‘look at me… look at me!!!!’ Heresy.
The stone burial box bearing the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” has been hidden from public view at the Israel Antiquities Authority since 2003. But now it has been released to be displayed around the world, following a 10-year legal battle in which Israeli authorities failed to show that Tel Aviv collector Oded Golan faked the ancient Aramaic lettering on the box.
Ben Witherington III and Hershel Shanks can rewrite their book on it and cash in. Hooray for them. The inscription is still bogus, in spite of the Israeli prosecutor’s ability to convince a judge that it’s so. Things aren’t true just because Judges say they haven’t been proven false. (And boy if ever there were a logical fallacy that’s it).
Matthew Kalman has the story of the re-appearing fraud over at New York Daily News. Give it a read.
Tom Bolin pointed this story out on the facebook.
Next week, former President George W. Bush is scheduled to keynote a fundraiser in Irving, Texas, for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a group that trains people in the United States, Israel, and around the world to convince Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The organization’s goal: to “restore” Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.
‘Convert the Jews… to bring about the second coming of Christ’… What wretched unbiblical pseudo-eschatology this is based on a pseudo-theology that’s nothing but the invention of a 19th century fevered dispensationalist mind.
Mr Bush, instead of getting your eschatology from the likes of Hal Lindsey and Tim LaHaye, perhaps you should read something accurate and sensible. And so should the people who are organizing the conference you’re attending and all those who will go. Your theology is inadequate. Worse, it’s a lie.