Daily Archives: 11 Oct 2010

A Story On NPR To Follow

A new issue of the online magazine Inspire — from the Yemeni group al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula — has some alarming advice for would-be terrorists: Open fire on lunch-hour crowds in Washington, D.C., to “knock out a few government employees.” When al-Qaida’s arm in Yemen first released the English-language magazine this summer, the news was all over talk radio in Charlotte, N.C. It was such a hot topic because the man allegedly behind it had been a local resident — a 24-year-old Pakistani-American named Samir Khan.

That’s how it begins. Listen tomorrow to see how it ends.

The Casey Colloquium: Excerpt Seven

In his Jesus of Nazareth, M. Casey writes

Taking his ministry as a whole, it is evident that he saw himself as the kind of figure who was later to be hailed as ‘the Messiah’, though he did not use the term of himself, because it was not yet properly established. After his death and Resurrection, his followers did use the Aramaic meshīḥā of him. They needed titles for him, and meshīḥā was flexible enough for this purpose, because it was in use for a variety of real and expected figures. Moreover, he had played a fundamentalrole in salvation history, and he had believed that God had chosen him for that role. The church neither believed in nor expected any other anointed figure, so the title became unique. When Christianity spread to the Greek- speaking diaspora, the Aramaic meshīḥā was translated into Greek as ho Christos, because the Greek Christos was already used for similar terms in the LXX. At this stage Jesus was more uniquely anointed than ever, and Christian leaders continued to study the scriptures. This is why the term ‘Christ’ became so common.

The Colloquium With Maurice Casey is in Full Swing

The questions posed have been, at least to me, pretty interesting, and the answers precise and crisp.  There’s still time and opportunity to take part, if you’re so inclined.  Just sign up. And remember, we’re running our give-away for Casey’s nearly here volume and there’s time to enter until the end of the colloquium.  You can read excerpts here.

They Did Their Best…

So casting them in a bad light or portraying their actions as anything but of the highest order is utterly inappropriate.

At first, NATO blamed a Taliban bomb for the death of a captive British aid worker during an American rescue attempt in eastern Afghanistan. Two days later, the coalition changed its account, saying Monday that U.S. forces may have detonated a grenade that killed Linda Norgrove during the operation to free her. British Prime Minister David Cameron defended Friday’s rescue mission, saying his government authorized it only after learning that Norgrove’s life was in grave danger. The U.S. military, which carried out the raid because the aid worker was being held in a region under American command, said it would investigate the incident with British cooperation.

It’s sad that the rescue attempt ended badly- but the troopers involved could not have meant any harm to her. The only proper thing to say to both family (and soldiers) is- God knows, they (you) did their (your) best.  To suggest otherwise is to cast darkness into light.

The George Washington University Archaeological Institute

Eric Cline is in the news- and for a very good reason.  Congratulations to Eric and to his colleagues!

A new research institute is drawing on GW’s expertise in archaeology. The GW Capitol Archaeological Institute, made possible through a gift by donors Deborah Lehr and John F.W. Rogers, officially launched last week with a goal of “preserving, facilitating and promoting cultural heritage.”

The institute will be housed in GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and is the first of its kind in the area.

Led by Eric Cline, chair of the department of classical and near eastern languages and civilizations, the institute will utilize Columbian College archaeologists and scholars specializing in the ancient and classical worlds and civilizations across the globe. GW archaeologists are currently involved in excavations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, North America, Central America and Europe.

“The GW Capitol Archaeological Institute is poised to take advantage of the deep expertise in our own backyard, especially resources available through foreign embassies, government and international agencies, cultural institutions and museums,” said Dr. Cline. “The confluence of resources here in Washington, D.C., is unparalleled. This is our opportunity to advance archaeological research initiatives and facilitate a global community of academics, politicians, diplomats and business leaders.”

Brilliant!

A Bit More From the Documentary ‘Looting the Holy Land’

Here’s a screenshot of my friend and yours, Thomas Thompson Morag Kersel, and Raz Kletter doing their thing!

I have to say, this documentary is so superior to anything that has appeared on the topic of archaeology since Finkelstein and Silberman’s that it’s hard to put it into words.  It makes the bilge spewed by Simcha Jacobovici look like the mental meanderings of an honest to goodness dilettante (which of course is precisely what the not naked not archaeologist is).  If you haven’t watched the video yet, you really owe it to yourself to do so.  Especially if you’re interested in the political underpinnings of archaeological interpretation.

11.5 Million Jobs Need to be Added…

If the country is to reach any sensible level of employment.  Instead of adding jobs, though, the country continues to lose jobs.  But hey, at least corporate profits are up and Wall Street passed 11,000 again.  So the recession’s over, right Mr President?

People need to read this report to get a picture of how much the government has failed.  Here it is, in chart form-

Oh My! Now I Can Blog Via Text!

This is sweet!  Another reason WordPress is Awesome!

Zwingli’s Sword and Helmet- And His Last Utterance

When Zwingli was killed on October 11, 1531, he wore what every Swiss soldier wore, a helmet and a sword. And in spite of Luther’s vile suggestion that Zwingli was a combatant at Kappel-am-Albis, he was in fact not. He never drew that sword. But you can still see the gash in his helmet where he was first stricken and stunned, knocked to the ground, and then lanced through, perishing with Scripture on his lips… ‘do not fear those who can kill the body…’

The Palestinians Should Offer a Counter Demand

Tul Karem Refugee Camp, West Bank

And tell Israel that it will recognize the State of Israel when Israel itself recognizes the Palestinian State and withdraws all settlers from the West Bank. After all, there’s no reason for Israel to set the agenda and force demands while making no real concessions.

Israel’s prime minister on Monday offered to extend a moratorium on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, but only if the Palestinians meet his demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. With the proposal, Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to deliver a creative way to end an impasse over settlement construction that has stalled Mideast peace talks just a month after they were launched at the White House. But with its tough conditions, it was swiftly rejected by the Palestinians.

If Netanyahu is serious about peace, what does he have to lose by making the grandest and most productive move towards peace ever brokered in the region: recognize Palestine and order settlers out of the West Bank.

National Coming Out Day

I’m more than proud to come out and announce that I am unashamed of Christ and am proud to call myself a Christian.  Other Christians are proud of the fact too, I’m certain.

To the haters out there, the atheists and culture warriors and those who would attempt to silence our voices I can only forcefully say ‘we’re Christian, we’re proud, and we’re here to stay!  So get over it!  And over yourselves!’

The Difference Between a Hate Crime and ‘Art’

Via Matthew Raymer on FB.  Signs of the times, my friends, signs of the times.

Birthday Greetings to James Crossley

James Crossley shares his birthday with the anniversary of Huldrych Zwingli’s death. I’ve never decided if that’s a good thing or not but there it is. So, to James, have a very Happy Birthday!

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James and Sheffield.

Looting the Holy Land

Ush Grab, occupied West Bank. (Decolonizing Ar...

This is a fascinating documentary on the way archaeological materials are being used in Israel- especially since Raz Kletter and Thomas Thompson are interviewed in it.

Since 1967 countless artifacts have been unearthed and removed from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Many are displayed in Israeli museums and private collections, while others are sold to tourists. For Israel, archeology has been a key tool in buttressing its territorial claims to historic Palestine. Archeological findings are used to assert ownership and to rename the territories they occupy. Palestinians see the cultural heritage of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza as a central part of their ancestral birthright and ownership is key to building an economy based on pilgrimage and tourism. Is the removal of historic treasures from the occupied territories a case of cultural preservation or stealing a heritage? What role has the science of archeology played in the Arab-Israeli dispute? Al Jazeera searches through the evidence, unearthing the facts and exposing a power struggle in which every stone has meaning. More than just property, the control of a cultural legacy is at stake. Looting the Holy Land airs from Sunday, October 10, at the following times GMT: Sunday: 1900; Monday: 1400; Wednesday: 0300; Thursday: 1900.

Unfortunately I didn’t hear about it until this morning.  Perhaps a DVD will become available.   Until then, you can watch the 46 minute long film by simply going to the video below and clicking play!

UPDATE:  Using the fantastic free little program ‘Download Helper’ I’ve been able to download the entire program to my computer and can watch anytime with Real Player.  Nice!

The Brutal Slaying of Huldrych Zwingli

On October 11, 1531-

Lest we forget.  Thankfully, our Zurichers didn’t, and so they dedicated this statue to Zwingli outside the Wasserkirche on 15 August, 1885-