Daily Archives: 3 Mar 2012

Sushi with the Wason’s

It’s always great to see these kids.  They’re great.  Dinner was as well.  Thanks for a nice eve!

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The Afternoon Panel Session: The Scribe of Sinaiticus as Commentator

The paper delivered at the panel discussion of the scribal practices of Sinaiticus was quite intriguing.  Now, off to dinner soon with the Wasons.

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Other Things Happened This Week Besides the Fishiness of Talpiot

One, a nice essay was posted at Bible and Interpretation by Margalit and Porat on Herodium titled The Idea for the Interpretation of King Herod’s Tomb at Herodium National.

The planning team examined many issues: the extent of archaeological information; analysis of the finds; comparative research; survey of examples elsewhere in the world; international conventions and professional ethics; materials; engineering aspects; connection to general conservation at the site; study of Prof. Ehud Netzer’s proposal; examination of alternatives; and analysis of feasibility.

And again, over at Bible and InterpretationBiblical Citations in Greek, Jewish, and Christian Inscriptions of the Graeco-Roman World by Ekaterini G. Tsalampouni.

Both much more worthy of interest and attention than some hyper-exaggerated box’s connection to Jesus.

The First Afternoon Session: ASOR

A couple of good presentations on Lynch and the guy who had his head chopped off when he died and shipped to London (true story, the guy was bonkers- you’ll see who it is in the pics below) –

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Who ‘Owns’ The Reformation?

From our friends at Refo500

The Morning Session

It’s not often that there are three excellent papers presented in one session but that’s what happened this morning at the initial session of the day.  From the Sotah ritual to Deborah and Jael to Job- all three offerings were brilliant.

After the session I stopped by the book hall and chatted with Henry Neufeld and then I ran into my old friend Don Garner.  Photos of all the fun below.

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Joan Taylor’s Astute Observations on Talpiot

On the ASOR blog Joan writes

It is easy to feel in this quest to identify the picture of a ‘whale’ a sense that we are all staring at the same ink-blot and seeing different things. The architectural edifice/tower/tomb monument theory does not quite work, because there are little ‘flaps’ on each side, the sides are concave and the circular blob is not explained well. In addition, as James Tabor has said, no one would draw a tomb monument upside down on the side of an ossuary. However, no one would draw a fish in this position on an ossuary either. Instead, viewed the right way up, there is a simpler solution: the picture depicts a small receptacle often used in tombs, called an unguentarium.

She explains further.  One thing is for certain, again, and that is- this thing is NOT a fish!