Phrases That Make me Laugh Uncontrollably…

This one just popped up on the Google news alerts-

The May/June 2011 issue of the authoritative Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), contains an article, “The Lion and the Flea,” in which BAR’s editor, Hershel Shanks, writes: “J’accuse! I accuse the television program 60 Minutes of unethical and irresponsible reporting.”

Authoritative!!!!!!  The ‘authoritative BAR’ !!!!  HA!  Authoritative to who?  To casual readers who don’t mind getting their ‘biblical archaeology’ spoon fed to them from the point of view of a pro-Israel rag amidst adverts for antiquities (real and fake) taken from God only knows where.

Authoritative… please.  If you want reliable and truly authentically authoritative archaeological news, subscribe to Near Eastern Archaeology.  It’s the only magazine dealing with the archaeology of Israel/Palestine that anyone anywhere who knows anything could honestly call ‘authoritative’.

[As to Shanks essay to which the paragraph above refers I can only say, who cares who he accuses of what.  I don’t.  He’s a lawyer, not a scholar].

4 thoughts on “Phrases That Make me Laugh Uncontrollably…

  1. Niels Peter Lemche 26 Apr 2011 at 11:22 am

    I suppose that it is “authoritative” to a certain segment of N. American evangelicals, although probably too liberal to many of them. HershieBAR is fightng for the survival of his blather, and for that reason he tries to get the horses back to his circus. Just see Garfinkel’s artikel in the May issue of BAR. Confirming what I thought about this guy.



  2. James 26 Apr 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Jim, Jim. It is “Authoritative to whom?” How can you be taken as authoritative if you can’t get your English correct? Just remember whom is the object of the preposition. Your German and Greek should tell you that! : )


    • Jim 26 Apr 2011 at 3:25 pm

      i dont care about english grammar. so there! sometimes i even intentionally disregard the rules just because im in a mood. like now! 😉


  3. John Lyons 29 Apr 2011 at 3:09 am

    J’accuse? How pretentious can you get? Is this really comparable to Zola’s letter and the Dreyfus affair?


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