Monthly Archives: September 2010

The New York Post Report of the Verdict

In the trial of Raphael Golb- A Manhattan jury tonight threw the good book at an Internet bully who stole identities of his dad’s scholarly rivals and waged a cyber crusade against them. The panel deliberated for less than five … Continue reading

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Robert Cargill Responds to the Raphael Golb Verdict

And he does it in good Cargill-ian style.  Don’t miss a word of it.

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Raphael Golb Has Been Convicted!!!!

Raphael Golb has been convicted! A New York lawyer has been convicted of using online aliases to influence scholarly debate over the Dead Sea Scrolls. A Manhattan jury convicted Raphael Golb Thursday of 30 of 31 counts against him. Golb … Continue reading

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The Trial of Raphael Golb: The Washington Post Report

The WP reports this afternoon Jurors in a Manhattan case are trying to decide whether a son posing online as a Judaic studies professor to avenge his father’s scholarly work was guilty of identity theft. … Assistant District Attorney John … Continue reading

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The End(s) Of Historical Criticism?

Want to decide for yourself the state of the discipline?  Legaspi’s new essay at Bible and Interpretation lends a hand. It commences The term “historical criticism” is problematic. On the one hand, it designates a very specific set of practices … Continue reading

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The End of the Trial of Raphael Golb and The Impending Verdict

A Manhattan prosecutor has asked jurors to set aside the history and drama behind a forgery case involving the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls, and focus on evidence that shows a lawyer and writer is guilty of identity theft. … Assistant … Continue reading

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Colloquium Announcement: Maurice Casey’s ‘Jesus of Nazareth’

On the 11th of October and running through the 18th of the month the Biblical Studies List will host Prof. Maurice Casey who will be discussing with us his very soon to be published volume Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent … Continue reading

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Lawrence Schiffman’s Thoughts on Raphael Golb

Yesterday in an interview with NYU Local, Lawrence Schiffman offered a few thoughts on the doings of Raphael Golb. “The case has nothing to do with the Dead Sea Scrolls,” said Professor Schiffman in an interview. “Obviously it’s in the … Continue reading

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The Oxford Psalms Conference…

May become an annual event? Possibly. Viv Rowett has written The Oxford psalms conference, though now a past event, continues to attract interest, and SOTS members can be assured that there are plans to make the proceedings accessible. The conference … Continue reading

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It Was Self Defense

And she was right to protect herself from the brick-hurling thugs. A South Side woman shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy Tuesday after weeks of being “terrorized” by the child and his friends, who threw bricks at her home, set … Continue reading

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People Can Be So Very Cruel: Consider, Before you Act, the Law of Unintended Consequences

And sometimes their cruelty has astonishingly unfortunate and negative effects. A Rutgers University freshman took his own life last week shortly after he was broadcast engaging in sexual activity with another man. According to WPIX, … 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, jumped … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement

COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND POWER IN THE ACHAEMENID EMPIRE: The correspondence of the satrap Arshama, via Viv Rowett of SOTS. Oxford: October 2010 – July 2011 — The essential aim of this project (which is funded by the AHRC Research Networking … Continue reading

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Total Depravity: The Mom Who Faked Her Son’s Cancer to Raise Money

Sickening. A Warren woman told her 12-year-old son he had cancer, shaved his head and eyebrows, drugged his applesauce and then held fund-raisers in his name to bilk people, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said today. Smith said in a … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement: Creation and Chaos

The Midwest Branch of the American Oriental Society will be hosting a symposium entitled “Creation and Chaos: Reconsideration of Hermann Gunkel’s Chaos Kampf Hypothesis”. The meeting will be held from Feb. 11-13, 2011 at Olivet Nazarene University, in Bourbonnais Illinois … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

It is disturbing that Abraham was willing to argue, bargain, even plead with God over the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18,23-32) but not over the sacrifice of his own son. — Moshe Reiss

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If You’re About To Eat, or Have a Weak Stomach, Don’t Look

That’s what happens when Chris Tilling takes up baking!!!!  He bakes a mouse in the bread…  Let’s call it Mouse-in-a-Roll!  I’m feeling pretty peckish now…

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The Theocratic Republic of Texas Strikes Again

There’s too much to abstract, you’ll just have to read the whole essay, which has to do with a book fair in Texas where the author has been banned.  Yes, in Texas, they ban books and authors.  No point in … Continue reading

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‘Love’ (Eros) Alone is No Basis for Marriage

Emil Brunner rightly asserts that … monogamy is the only possible union of the sexes which does justice to the personal need for full community. Hence, marriage (naturally between persons of the opposite sex) is societally significant as it serves … Continue reading

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Oh Canada: Moral Turpitude

Maybe Canada can replace Thailand as the go-to destination for the totally depraved. It’s on track to. An Ontario court has struck down key provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws in a case that could set a precedent for the country. … Continue reading

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Blondes… God Help Them

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