Registered, Checked Out the Hebrew Bible Section Meeting Room, and Dropped in the Not Yet Set Up Book Exhibit
Everything is plugging along. Meeting rooms are set, the book exhibit is blooming, and the place the Hebrew Bible section meets is ready to go (and I go to that section because I like the subject and because I’m the co-chair).
Just to be upfront- Josephus made up the story of the 900 at Masada and their death by suicide pact. It is a myth. A legend. A clear and purely ideological bunch of nonsense. And Nachman ben-Yehuda proves it. Proved it years ago at that.
But that hasn’t (and won’t) stop Roma Downey and Mark Burnett from distorting and exploiting it. Smithsonian channel will tell the ‘real story’ before their mini series of misprision airs.
The legend of Masada is the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of more than 900 Jewish rebels who held a nearly impregnable fort against the might of the Roman Empire. Embedded in the founding narrative of the state of Israel, this epic story has offered ample fodder to writers, filmmakers and storytellers worldwide – and it’s now the backdrop for the upcoming CBS limited event series THE DOVEKEEPERS from executive producers Roma Downey and Emmy® Award-winner Mark Burnett. But how much of the Masada legend is grounded in historical fact? The new Smithsonian Channel one-hour special, SIEGE OF MASADA, premiering Friday, March 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, examines the evidence behind this powerful legend.
I might watch the special (because I am a glutton for punishment), but I’ll most certainly not bother with Dovekeepers or whatever they want to call it.
Further down, Candida Moss remarks
“We should care about Masada because it’s one of the most important battles in western civilization,” says Candida Moss, Professor of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame. “It might seem like this is just a battle about 900 people versus the Romans, but it’s actually a story that becomes particularly important for Jewish courage and identity.”
Indeed. Especially since it was invented for just that purpose and expanded for the same. The story tells us nothing about actual events and everything about ideology.
Why haven’t we met here before? The hotel is fantastic. The price for attendees is amazingly reasonable. There’s a Starbucks in the lobby. And, best of all, there’s free wifi in the meeting rooms and lobby. What more could you want?
If I may, I think we should meet here every third year: rotating between Greenville, Atlanta, and Nashville. Those three cities are nicely distributed across the region and they follow the CBA’s practice of meeting rotations in the East (Greenville), the middle (Atlanta) and the West (Nashville).
I wandered about after breakfast and snapped some photos: