Monthly Archives: August 2011

I’ll Be Rooting For Goliath

Sorry, ‘David’, but the guy portraying you… well he’s just not likable. ‘The Rock’, on the other hand, is a quite likable guy.  And besides, anyone who played any part in the annoyance called ‘Twilight’ deserves a fatal beating… if ya hear what I’m sayin’.

Go Goliath!

Dwayne ("The Rock") Johnson to play Goliath and Taylor ("Jacob") Lautner to play David in Scott Derickson's Movie version of Goliath? Exciting news on Scott Derickson’s upcoming movie, Goliath: Dwayne Johnson has been offered the titular role in ‘Goliath’. The 39-year-old actor – who stands at 6ft 5in tall – is an advanced negotiations to play the Biblical character in the Scott Derrickson-directed epic for Relativity Media and Temple Hill Entertainment. Taylor Lautner has been offered the part of David in the classic tale, which is being worked on by ‘Twilight’ producers Marty … Read More

via Remnant of Giants

The Most Bizarre Thing BAR has Ever Done

And BAR has done a lot of bizarre things over the years beginning with their idiotic witch-hunt of the so called ‘minimalists’ in the 90’s and continuing through their unimaginable advertising of antiquities authentic and bogus, provenanced and looted.  But this one takes the cake.

One overarching question: who cares what Oded Golan thinks about the people who testified in his fraud trial?   How is this in any way relevant to the topic of ‘biblical archaeology?   Isn’t it really nothing more than BAR puffing itself up and saying ‘see we always knew he would get off’?  Shanks is a lawyer. Surely he knows that ‘not guilty’ doesn’t in any respect necessarily mean ‘innocent’.

By publishing such a piece BAR has abandoned all semblance of ‘scholarship’ and become nothing more than a tabloid rag.  Next, they’ll doubtless have photos of Bigfoot or UFO sightings over Jerusalem.

If you’re still subscribing to BAR or sending pieces along for inclusion in its pages, I have to say, I don’t understand why.

Widespread Wartime Waste

Waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $60 billion and the tally could grow, according to a government study released Wednesday.

In its final report to Congress, the nonpartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting said lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption resulted in losses of “at least $31 billion, and possibly as much as $60 billion” out of some $206 billion in total payments to contractors by the end of the current fiscal year.

“Much of the waste, fraud, and abuse revealed in Iraq and Afghanistan stems from trying to do too much, treating contractors as a free resource, and failing to adapt U.S. plans and U.S. agencies’ responsibilities to host-nation cultural, political, and economic settings,” the 240-page report read.

Your government being disgusting again and taking YOUR money (it’s yours, not theirs) and tossing it into the cesspool of war as wastefully as humanly possible.  Could anything be more absurd…  And your politicians doubtless got a kickback.

Marcion Redrawn

Bible and Interpretation has an essay from Sebastian Moll.  It summarizes Moll’s argument from a recent published monograph.

Prostitution is Never Appropriate, Ever

Vanessa, a prostitute from New York City, traveled thousands of miles to undergo surgery that would change her life forever — transforming her body, outwardly, from male to female.  “I’ve been transitioning since I was sixteen,” she told “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden. “I don’t want to go back to that awkward little boy that was shy, and hid away from everybody.”  With surgery brings the promise of metamorphosis; the 19-year-old is getting a new nose, new jaw line and breast implants.  “The surgery is going to make me, I feel, blossom from a caterpillar to a butterfly,” she said.

In the meanwhile to achieve that goal he sold himself to one and all willing.  This isn’t a story of victory or ‘overcoming difficulties to actualize oneself’. it’s the story of yet another kid who learned somewhere along the way that he doesn’t matter and his body is a garbage dump that he can sell to the gross and disgusting for a pittance.  He’s simply another example of the ‘ends justify the means’ wickedness so common today.

So sad.  It’s just so sad.  Degrading oneself in such a way to achieve such a purpose…  appallingly sad.

An Early Fragment of 1 Corinthians

Peter Head announces

It seems that the Green Collection, in addition to the manuscript of Hebrews noted previously on this blog, is also in possession of a fragment of 1 Corinthians. According to a report on the Bethel web-site (found by a friendly sleuth), this is ‘a small fragment (ca. 1-3/4″ w. x 2-3/4″ h.) … (which) preserves portions of 1 Corinthians 8.10-9.3 & 9.27-10.6’.

Peter continues

Apparently a second-century date is being proposed, as it was for the Hebrews manuscript. [PMH: hmmm. I think I’ll wait for the photos.]

Good plan!  There’s more so go there to read it.

Tomorrow is the Big Day! The Meyers’ Webcast on Archaeology

You still have time to send along your questions.

During a live, interactive “Office Hours” webcast Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon Eastern Time on the Duke Ustream channel, the Meyerses will answer your questions about their archeological work, Jewish history and controversies surrounding artifacts linked to biblical history.  To ask the Meyerses a question — in advance or during the show — send an email to, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.

Details here.  I sure hope Simcha watches and asks ‘yes, how can I become more than a dilettante?’

Fox News is Especially Incompetent When it Comes to Biblical Stuff in the News

For instance their preposterous essay implying the Miriam Ossuary sheds new light on the death of Jesus.  What sort of idiot trusts their ‘fair and balanced’ ignorance?

Rare inscriptions on a 2,000-year-old burial box may provide fresh insight to the death of Jesus Christ, researchers said.

No, they didn’t.  No one, no where, even implies such a thing unless it’s a feckless dilettante.  Yuval Goren certainly never even so much as hinted at such a claim.

Called an ossuary, the limestone box could reveal the home of Caiaphas, the high priest involved in the crucifixion of Jesus.

What?  Do the people at Fox just make things up???  How can an ossuary reveal a home???????

The Israel Antiquities Authority, which confiscated the ossuary from looters three years ago, passed it along to Prof. Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology who led the authentication effort.  “Beyond any reasonable doubt, the inscription is authentic,” Goren said, after conducting a thorough examination of the limestone box, which boasts decorative rosettes in addition to the inscription.

Yes, the inscription is authentic and the ossuary is ancient.  But how does Fox, or anyone, leap from those two facts to claims about the thing revealing Caiphas’ home or the death of Jesus?  It just boggles the imagination.

Fox,  why don’t you read any of the links below.  Other than that I’ve nothing more to say except-  Here’s your Dilly- it’s grossly deserved.

Via Antonio.

Because the Revised English Bible Really is the Best English Translation

Jason is sure to find more ‘gems’!

I’d not read the REB before. Having read a few comments here or there by Jim West and his adoration of this translation, I procured a copy and have only now begun to peruse it. I began in John 1:1 and I must say that I really like the way they word this important verse. It reads In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God’s presence, and what God was, the Word was. Many English bibles have tended to end up with almost identical tra … Read More

via Εις Δοξαν

Learn Those Hebrew Prepositions the Natural Way

From Chris Heard, via BibleWorks on the Facebook.  It’s a handy chart, no English required.  Do be aware, though, that like all words, even prepositions require context in order to be interpreted correctly (as even prepositions can vary in meaning depending on how they’re used).

The Ghastly Fruit of Despair

The Washington Post is reporting

Authorities say a Chicago man who quickly accelerated in an SUV with a cable around his neck decapitated himself after a domestic dispute in Yorktown, Va.

Local media outlets said deputies with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, east of Williamsburg, responded to calls of a domestic disturbance Tuesday and found the man in an SUV that was pulling a utility trailer that was on fire. Police say they believe the man started the blaze.

Authorities say a fire department officer noticed a cable that was wound around the man’s neck and attached to a tree. When deputies tried to get the man to exit the SUV, he accelerated and was pulled from the vehicle and decapitated, they say. The SUV kept going for about 150 yards.

Dear heaven.  This is what despair does.  The poor guy and his poor family.  Sigh.

Breaking News: Chris Tilling Posts!!!!!

I couldn’t believe it either- but here it is!

Hearers of the Word

We complain today that ministers do not know how to preach; but is it not equally true that our congregations do not know how to hear? ~ J.I Packer

The ‘Dad’ Who Set up a Fight for His Son, and then Got in One Himself


A father refereeing a street fight between his son and another teenager suddenly lost his cool and started fighting too, investigators said. Gary Johnson Jr. is an emergency room technician who is facing a long list of charges after he was accused of hurting someone rather than helping them.

What foolishness fools perpetrate.

What’s The Worst Thing You Can Call a Politician? Tea Party

Rasmussen Reports periodically asks Likely U.S. Voters to rate political labels, and the latest national telephone survey finds that 38% consider it a positive when a political candidate is described as “conservative.” That’s consistent with surveys for several years but down slightly from 42% in January. Twenty-seven percent (27%) see conservative as a negative political label, up six points from the prior survey. Thirty percent (30%) rate it somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

“Tea Party” has suffered much worse. Considered a positive political label by 29%, 43% now think Tea Party is a negative description for a candidate. That’s a net rating of negative 14, making it the worst thing you can call a candidate. Twenty-three percent (23%) put it somewhere in between.

I wonder if the worst thing you can really call a politician is, well, a politician.

Dick ‘Rightly Named’ Cheney Should be Tried for War Crimes

Former Vice President Dick Cheney‘s memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” is out Tuesday, and it’s full of criticism and attacks on his Bush administration colleagues — from describing Condoleezza Rice as “tearfully admitting” he was right on the war in Iraq to revealing private conversations with George W. Bush on the eve of the Iraq war.

He reserves much of his ire for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and now Powell and his longtime aide and chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, are attempting to set the record straight. In no uncertain terms. Cheney, Wilkerson told ABC News, “was president for all practical purposes for the first term of the Bush administration” and “fears being tried as a war criminal.”

And God willing he will be tried, convicted, and imprisoned in a Yemeni prison for exactly that.  It is inexplicable that the Christian George Bush would have such an evil beast as his running mate.  And yes, I think Bush is a Christian.  But he has never possessed the gift of discernment.  Had he, he wouldn’t have involved Cheney in the government at any level.  The man is evil incarnate.

Sad News: The Death of Aloysius Ambrozic

From the CBA

Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, who died  on August 26th.  Born January 27, 1930, he had been an active CBA member since 1957.  He received an STL from the Angelicum, an SSL from the PBI, and a ThD from the University of Wurzburg.  He taught Scripture at St. Augustine Seminary (1960-67) and NT exegesis at Toronto School of Theology (1970-76) before becoming Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 1976; he has been a Cardinal since 1998.   He was the author of Volume 2 in the CBQMS: The Hidden Kingdom: A Redactional-Critical Study of the References to the Kingdom of God in Mark’s Gospel (1972).  A fuller account of his very productive and busy life will be found at:  this link.

Sick Woman, Or Just A Pervert?

A text sent to a wrong number led to an alleged relationship for an Athens woman charged with the statutory rape of a 16-year-old boy in neighboring Meigs County.  Meigs County Detective Scotty Wiggins says the teen’s mother called the sheriff’s office on August 23 after discovering a sexually explicit text message.  Shannon Burnett, 41, admitted to sending the message and having sex with the teen, according to the detective.

She’s not just a cougar, she’s a reprehensibly disgusting pedophile.  If a 41 year old man had relations with a 16 year old girl everyone would be outraged and disgusted. Turn it around, and lo and behold, there’ll be a lot of wink wink nudge nudge going on.  Oh so wrongly.

I Have Never Crossed the Line And Sinned…

In this particular matter:

‘These you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle and the vulture and the osprey and the kite and the falcon of every kind, every raven of any kind . . .’ (Lev. 11.13- 15).

No problem!  Next?

Hebrew Journals at J-Stor (via The Talmud Blog)

Good news for sure.

Hebrew Journals at J-Stor Extra Extra! Real, professional, Hebrew digitization has finally arrived. J-Stor has added Tarbiz, Zion, and Measef Zion! Life on-line will never be the same (hat-tip, Mississippi Fred Macdowell and Leor Jacobi). … Read More

via The Talmud Blog