Daily Archives: 1 Mar 2012

Perfect End of Day Music

Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Worst Human Being Alive…

Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of mar...

But he’s the worst human being with a radio show and people who are moronic enough to follow him, hang on his every narcotic drenched word, and pant after him like dogs in search of another dog in heat, are enablers of his evil.

So decent people everywhere applaud Sandra Fluke.

“I thank the thousands of women and men, including members of Congress, Georgetown University students and faculty, and total strangers of all political stripes across the country who have offered kind words and support following recent egregious personal attacks.  “We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding legitimate policy differences.  Unfortunately, numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.   “No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.  “The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced.”

No one who approves of Limbaugh’s contemptible idiocy should for a moment or the fragment of a moment consider themselves Christian.  Christians don’t act like Rush Limbaugh and they certainly don’t believe what he believes.  Jesus, yes.  Limbaugh, not ever.  Christians who listen to Limbaugh’s show are like Christians who check their horoscopes before they make decisions: pretend Christians who think they believe in God but who really just believe in their own convenience.

Quote of the Day

What kind of freedom is it that is always inclined to evil? — Martin Luther

A Brilliant Looking Volume

While I from time to time ask to review various things that look interesting this time I’m willing to grovel…

Chris Tilling, Anja, The Pope, Elton John, and Me, in a Pub: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With thanks to Chris for making this undercover video.

Logos: The Works of Zwingli (7 volumes)

Fantastic!  The collection includes many of the most important texts Zwingli composed as well as one of the more thorough biography’s in English and my own brief introduction to Huldrych Zwingli.  Be sure to take a look.

A Fantastic Historical Resource from the University of Zurich

Christian Moser writes

Gerne weise ich darauf hin, dass seit heute das Portal “Historische Vorlesungsverzeichnisse der Universität Zürich 1833-1900” unter der Adresse www.histvv.uzh.ch aufgeschaltet wurde.

Das Onlineportal erschliesst alle im 19. Jh. an der Universität Zürich angekündigten Lehrveranstaltungen (insges. knapp 25000 Veranstaltungen) von 428 verschiedenen Dozenten. Man kann nach Semestern oder Dozierenden browsen, zudem steht eine Suchmaske zur Verfügung, die differenzierte Anfragen ermöglicht. Erwähnte Lehrbücher sind bibliographisch identifiziert, Rektorate und Dekanate sind nachgewiesen, u.v.m.

Probiert es doch einfach mal aus!

Liebe Grüsse

Check it out!

‘Born This Way’? Why Yes, You Certainly Were!

Except the ‘this way’ referred to has nothing to do with sexual orientation or anything of the kind.  It has to do with the fact that all of us are born totally depraved and that we remain intractably so until and unless the grace of God in Christ aids us to betterment.

As D. Martyn Loyd-Jones puts it

[What does the phrase ‘total depravity’ mean?  It means that ]… man in his fallen condition has an inherently corrupt nature, and the corruption extends through every part of his being, to every faculty of his soul and body. It also means that there is no (observe the adjective) spiritual good in him. Yes, there is plenty of natural good, there is natural morality, he can recognise virtue and so on. But there is no spiritual good whatsoever. That is what it means.

So yes, you were (and so are we all), ‘born this way’.  Born precisely this way.

The March Carnival

Hosted by Duane Smith– and it’s excellent.  It has balloons too!!!!!  I especially liked this bit:

The ASOR featured a series of posts on the all too famous Talpiyot Tombs and Tabor and Jacobovici’s exploitation of them in a new book. Christopher Rollston outlined his epigraphical findings and then focused in on the claims of Tabor and Jacobovici. Rollston also republished a draft of his 2006 Near Eastern Archaeology paper “Inscribed Ossuaries: Personal Names, Statistics, and Laboratory Tests” on his own blog.Eric M.Meyers focused on an image which Tabor and Jacobovici make much of but which seems to Eric to be an image of a tomb monument. Jodi Magness takes up Tabor and Jacobovici’s claims from the perspective of an archaeologist. She’s not happy. Jim DavilaJoseph LauerRobert CargillJim West (twice),Antonio Lombatti, Tom Verenna, and Michael Heiser all joined in the debunking. Stephen SmutsMark Goodacre and Tom Verenna provided excellent summaries of posts and reports. As the story developed yesterday, Todd Bolen posted a report by Gordon Franz who attended the news conference formally introducingTabor and Jacobovici’s book. James McGrath asked, “Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?” Unlikely that it is. Jim Davila posted an update. He includes a lint to Robin Jensen’s ASOR post in which she says among otherthings, “I absolutely refute any claim that I concur with the interpretation of any first-century ossuary iconography as depicting Jonah. Nor do I believe that ‘first-century visual evidence of Christian belief in the resurrection’ has been discovered to date.” Jim West noted that all the scholarly effort has made an impact. He cited an MSNBC story that quotes from various authors who posted to the ASOR blog.

Do read it all.  Duane has a masterful mind when it comes to arranging things.

And while I’m at it, let me again mention that I’m hosting the next carnival and your suggestions are completely welcome.

Right on the money, Robert.

XKV8R: The Official Blog of Robert R. Cargill, Ph.D.

I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I’m promoting it to a post of its own because I believe it’s important.

It is important for scholars to admit when they are wrong.

Whether it is a mistake in their data collection, or a misreading of the data in their analysis, or a conclusion that is later refuted by stronger evidence or more recent discoveries, or a claim regarding evidence that is better explained by another scholar’s theory – it is important for scholars to concede when they come to believe the evidence has led to some other conclusion.

This can serve as a quick lesson to students both in the sciences and in the humanities, but I’m especially thinking about students in religious studies. The beauty of science and the scientific method is that scholars are free to admit they were wrong when better evidence and arguments come along…

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Steven Fine Blasts Tabor and Jacobovici

Over at the ASOR Blog (which surely by now everyone should have bookmarked) –

The interpretation presented by Professor Tabor is not grounded in the evidence, nor in even the most basic rules of art-historical analysis. The image has nothing to do with Jonah, Jesus, or Judea in the first century. Elsewhere I have referred to this genre of media-driven discoveries as the “DaVinci Codification” of our culture—the presentation of odd and associative thinking previously reserved for novels as “truth” to the general public (http://sbl-site.org/publications/article.aspx?articleId=655). The “Jonah Fish” is just the next installment in the Jesus-archaeology franchise—timed, as always, to proceed a major Christian feast.

I, for one, am wearied by the almost yearly “teaching moment” presented by these types of “discoveries.” I am hopeful, however, that—this time—a forceful and quick display of unanimous dissent by the leading members of the academic community will be taken seriously by the media and the public at large.

Indeed.  We all share Steven’s sentiments.

Antonio Lombatti with Further Observations on Tabor’s Claims

Antonio has posted a photo of the ossuary in question and in his estimation it’s an amphora on it and not a fish!

In a post titled ‘Never Seen a Fish Depicted Upside Down‘-

I had already expressed my skepticism on the ‘Jonah and the big fish’ iconography. Frankly, I’ve never seen a fish or a fish-like image depicted upside down: I’ve realized it only after the publication of the photo of the ossuary. The picture was given to the press two days ago, but it was rotated. Therefore, I’m now convinced that it represents an amphorae like those found on several Second Temple Jewish ossuaries.

Tabor’s work is becoming fishier by the day.  If we had seen the photo of the ossuary itself instead of just Tabor’s deceptively cropped image days ago we all would have known instantly that his claims were patently false.  Now we all do without question.

Matthew Kalman on the ‘Jesus Discovery’

Matthew is interviewed on Channel 4 about the so called discovery. The interviewer is spot on and Matthew does a good job. He’s right to conclude stating that no one agrees with Tabor. Watch here.

An Exciting Discovery at Megiddo

The Megiddo Expedition have recently discovered a collection of gold, silver and bronze jewelry, wrapped in fabric, hidden in a vessel at Tel Megiddo. The vessel was found in a domestic context that was dated to the Iron Age I (around 1100 B.C.). This vessel was actually excavated during the 2010 season, but remained uncleaned while awaiting for a molecular analysis of it’s content (soil). When it was finally emptied during the summer of 2011, the pieces of jewelry appeared. Both the textile and the jewelry itself were sent to analysis that should tell us more about the origins of this exceptional collection.

And one of the several photos:

See the report for more.  (And if you know what the figure on the ring represents, do tell, because it looks like a fish to me… or maybe I see fish everywhere these days like some folk down at Talpiot).

UPDATE: Israel Finkelstein informs me that it is indeed the image of a fish.

Free Book of the Month from Logos

This month it’s 

Quote of the Day

‘Simcha Jacobovici, the documentary director and producer of the “Naked Archaeologist” can no doubt simultaneously be considered both the world’s “best” amateur archaeologist (because he seems to find everything he looks for) and the world’s “worst” amateur archaeologist (because he seems to find everything he looks for).’ –  Fathers of the Holy Cross Monastery (California).

(Via Esteban Vazquez)

Call For Submissions: The Biblioblog Carnival Posting April 1

The magnificently intelligent and witty Jim Linville agreed to let me host the March Carnival (posting April 1 and covering bloggings of March) so if you read something interesting in the following areas on the blogs in the next month please drop me a note for possible inclusion in the Carnival:

Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible
New Testament/ Early Christianity
Dead Sea Scrolls
Textual Criticism
Archaeology of the Levant

And no, it won’t be an ‘April Fools Edition’ even though it posts on April 1, so just send along the good stuff.