An Evening With Israel Finkelstein

It was a fantastic series of papers this evening with Finkelstein doing an utterly brilliant job.  What a project!

I actually forgot my camera (!) so I took a picture with my phone and since there are no kids around I have no idea how to email it to myself so I can post it…

Tomorrow’s a fairly busy day with a session on death (should be fun), the meeting of the ASOR Media Relations Committee, and then a few more meetings followed by dinner with Tilling and Bailey and others.

More anon…

Khirbet Qeiyafa

It was an excellent paper by Y. Garfinkel that kicked off the section.  Lots of energy in that one I can tell you (he’s quite a lively speaker).  He is, it has to be said, no fan of the ‘low chronology’ and his interpretation of the site of Qeiyafa lead him to believe it is unquestionably a Judean city in the 10th century.  I snapped some photos of his slides (though they aren’t in any particular order below).

Lunchtime Around and About

Just some random shots, including one from the book exhibit of a little book on the Reformation that I looked through and commend to beginners and general readers in Reformation studies.

This afternoon two sessions of note- One on Archaeology and Biblical Studies, and one on Khirbet Qeiyafa (I changed my mind on the arch. – I’m going to the Old Testament Wisdom Lit section at ETS instead).  Tonight, it’s Israel Finkelstein’s project discussion- Reconstructing Ancient Israel (which is must attend).

ASOR Day Two: The Morning Session

I attended the NT and Archaeology session and it was quite good with various papers by various persons including James Tabor who talked about his Mt Zion excavation and the location of the Essene Gate.

The highlight paper though was, for me, the presentation of Kim Bauser on Cana and its importance (an importance greater than usually granted). She investigated such matters as why John alone mentions Cana (and Nathaniel) and persuasively argues that Nathaniel was a ‘proto-rabbinic’ figure (seen by Jesus under the fig tree- where rabbis taught) and that Cana was a typically Jewish town (with its own Synagogue). This is all important because of the opposition of the ‘Jews’ to Jesus throughout the rest of the Gospel because it sets the stage by demonstrating that Jesus and his followers were normal pious Jews.

H. Shanks was there as well but we didn’t get a chance to chat…  So I left.

Then I wandered around the ETS exhibition hall and ran into Bobby K., who I was very happy to see!

Scribes and Craftsmen

Seth Sanders has some interesting ‘modest proposals’ concerning the scribal craft which are worth reading.

After setting the stage-

Hence, a set of modest proposals, or theses nailed to the door of the internet, on the human relationships that made our inscriptions.

1. There is no history of writing, only a history of genres of writing. Because genres are the most basic way that communication is socially organized, it is difficult to make any meaningful statement about writing’s use without considering its markers of relationship to human social organization.

Read the rest, and don’t worry, there are not 95 of them!

The Wall Street Journal on the Sentencing of Raphael Golb

Is available here.

A lawyer is facing the possibility of prison time after being convicted of an ultramodern crime that was all about antiquity: using online aliases to harass people in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Raphael Golb was set to be sentenced Thursday on identity theft and other charges in a rare criminal case centered on Internet impersonation — and a very rare trial to air an obscure but bitter debate over the scrolls’ origins. The top count is punishable by up to four years in prison, though Golb could also get probation. He has said he plans to appeal.

Of course he will appeal.

The Man Who Shot His TV…

Because he didn’t like the results of Dancing with the Stars the other night…

A 67-year-old man from Wisconsin was arrested by police yesterday for shooting his TV because he was so enraged with Bristol Palin’s moves on Dancing With The Stars. Steven Cowan apparently told authorities that he felt Bristol was not a good dancer and was only on the show because of her famous mother, former presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

That’s insane. Everyone knows you only blow a hole in your tv when you’ve watched a Simcha Jacobovici Discovery Channel special on the Bible.

(It is interesting that he’s from Wisconsin, just like Doug I.)