Daily Archives: 19 Sep 2010

The Archaeology of Lebanon

A special issue of Near Eastern Archaeology has been put together.  All the details are available at the ASOR blog. And speaking of Near Eastern Archaeology– might I just say, you would be much better off reading it and subscribing … Continue reading

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Total Depravity: The Dad Who Killed His Little Children

Hell is too good for some people. There really should be a hell within hell for child murderers. A place where the fires of regular hell would, by comparison, be cool breezes on a winter’s day in Alaska. This guy … Continue reading

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Some People Aren’t Ever Convinced…

No matter what proof they are offered, as this delightful tale from the Talmud shows- It had been taught: On that day R. Eliezer brought forward all the arguments in the world, but they [his opponents] did not accept them. … Continue reading

Posted in Humor

Does the Bible Promote Violence?

Watch Thomas Römer and Georges Kobi discuss that very pressing question here. Comment comprendre les appels à la violence qui traversent la Bible? Faut-il cacher ce côté obscur du texte sacré ? Un débat d’actualité à l’occasion du premier “FestiBible”, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Theology

Moral Search Engine? Nah, It’s Useless

A number of new Internet search engines created by Christian, Jewish or Muslim entities aim to filter out queries from Web users in a way that is more relevant to those users and keeps them from temptation, alcohol and pornography. … Continue reading

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Who Wouldn’t Want to Read a Book About Fat Rabbis?

Daniel Boyarin, Socrates and the Fat Rabbis is a fairly recent volume which is reviewed in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review and which sounds really delightful. The broadest purpose of this book is to argue that Plato’s dialogues and the … Continue reading

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No One Should Consider Glenn Beck a Religious Leader

If even one person does, that’s too many. Fewer than one in five Americans (17 percent) say Beck is “the right person to lead a religious movement” according to the PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll, conducted Sept. 9-12. Even his biggest … Continue reading

Posted in disdain, Modern Culture

Herod’s Theater Box: A Photo

Thanks to Joseph Lauer- Previous discussion here.

Posted in Archaeology

Dig At Gath in 2011

Aren has uploaded registration info for the 2011 season.  Go, find Goliath’s bones and helmet and bowl and prove those wicked minimalists dead wrong! 😉 [That was for my maxi friends, and I do have them!]

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They’re Right, Exercise Matters Very Little When it Comes to Weight Loss- Diet is Everything

Putting more calories in your body than it needs to operate makes you fat.  Eating fewer calories than you burn makes you thin.  The only contribution exercise makes is that it builds a little muscle and muscle burns calories while … Continue reading

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Once More, The Oppressed Become the Oppressors

Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday called for redrawing the country’s borders to exclude some Arab citizens, raising the explosive proposal just as new peace talks with the Palestinians struggle to get underway. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also rejected the foundation … Continue reading

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Out in California, Another Waco Brewing?

These kinds of things are always troubling, since they give evidence to a type of apocalyptic religious insanity that springs up too frequently.  This, by the way, is why Christian pastors ought to be theologians- in order to rightly ‘divide … Continue reading

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