Look What Vision TV in Canada is Airing!

Apparently Discovery Channel isn’t interested in the ‘Jesus Discovery’ anymore and it’s to air on some Canadian channel called ‘Vision TV‘.  Notice these tidbits from the tv advert-

Simcha Jacobovici is a multi-award winning television producer, director, Professor of Religious Studies, Huntington University in Ontario, Canada, and the author (with Charles Pellegrino) of The New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb. Currently on VisionTV, he can be seen as the host of The Naked Archeologist.

Professor.  That was a quick promotion!  God bless him!

“We now have new archaeological evidence, literally written in stone, that can guide us in properly understanding what Jesus’ earliest followers meant by their faith in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead—with his earthly remains, and those of his family, peacefully interred just yards away,” Jacobovici said.

Yeah, well, um, no, we don’t have anything of the sort actually.  Now here’s my favorite bit (which I’ve taken a screenshot of given their penchant for changing things when egregious errors are pointed out) :

You should know something:  there isn’t a biblical scholar, academic, Professor of Religion, or even sensible reader of the Old Testament who calls the ‘big fish’ of Jonah a ‘whale’.  No one.  You will search in vain in scholarly literature for any mention of a whale in Jonah.  Here’s the Hebrew text, with the relevant words emphasized:

וַיְמַ֤ן יְהוָה֙ דָּ֣ג גָּדֹ֔ול לִבְלֹ֖עַ אֶת־יֹונָ֑ה וַיְהִ֤י יֹונָה֙ בִּמְעֵ֣י הַדָּ֔ג שְׁלֹשָׁ֥ה יָמִ֖ים וּשְׁלֹשָׁ֥ה לֵילֹֽות׃

‘Dag gadol’ means ‘big fish’.  That’s all.

If the level of scholarship evidenced by this singular example is anything to go by- well… imagine the worst.

For the first time in my live I wish I lived in Canada so I could watch, and live blog, the ‘special’.  I’d do it right.

UPDATE:  Looks like I’ll get the chance…  Antonio Lombatti writes-

Discovery TV has confirmed that the one hour special titled “The Resurrection Tomb” will air on Thursday, April 5th, at 10pm EST.
Poor America- Canada-ized.  But at least it won’t be aired between 8-10.

5 thoughts on “Look What Vision TV in Canada is Airing!

  1. Chuck Grantham 22 Mar 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I thought we now knew dag gadol means “triggerfish”.

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    • Jim 22 Mar 2012 at 1:53 pm

      indeed…. so i guess its a trigger whale

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  2. Mark Goodacre (@goodacre) 22 Mar 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Jim — it aired on Vision TV in Canada last time too. I don’t think that the fact that it is airing on Vision TV in Canada is directly relevant to its airing on Discovery in the US.

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    • Jim 22 Mar 2012 at 3:37 pm

      why are you trying to undermine my optimism? 😉

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