BAR, Bogus Claims, And Silly Pseudo-Archaeology

From BAR this email with the absurd headline:

Has Noah’s Winery Been Discovered?

Why no, BAR, it hasn’t, but thanks for playing ‘wild speculation in the guise of scholarship’. Then they say

Noah was the first vineyard operator.


And then, as if those two utterly unsubstantiated statements weren’t enough-

Robert Mondavi may have been one of the best-known vineyard operators in recent years, but Noah was the first. This is often overlooked in the shadow of Noah’s deluge-defying ark accomplishment, but the Bible states very clearly in Genesis 9 that, after the ark ran aground in the mountains of Ararat, “Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard” (Genesis 9:20), the wine from which unfortunately led to another of Noah’s more famous stories–of drunken exposure. And although many scholars would be tempted to dismiss claims of Noah’s original vineyard as lacking any historical merit, scientists are discovering evidence of ancient wine making in that very same region.

I don’t know what translation of the Bible the folks at BAR read, but the Hebrew text need not be translated as they have it because it says nothing about Noah planting the first vineyard. Here’s the text-

‮וַיָּ֥חֶל נֹ֖חַ אִ֣ישׁ הָֽאֲדָמָ֑ה וַיִּטַּ֖ע כָּֽרֶם

Literally, ‘And the man of the land, Noah, started out planting a vineyard’. The emphasis isn’t on his being the first to plant a vineyard, the emphasis is on the fact that when he got off the boat, the first thing on his agenda was to plant a vineyard. BAR needs a few exegetes on staff so they will know such things.

But BAR isn’t restricted by such things as facts when outrageous claims stirring and spurring sales are the real issue.  It’s the practice of pseudo-archaeology to make claims that are impossible to verify so that the uninformed crowds can be hoodwinked.  Scientists haven’t found ‘Noah’s vineyard’.  Don’t let BAR’s silly claim trick you.

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  1. Chuck Grantham 12 Sep 2011 at 2:44 pm

    But of course they found pots that say, “Noah’s 2340”, “Noah’s Best”, and “Noah Uncovered XXX”


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