Daily Archives: 12 Apr 2012

A Forthcoming Volume to Watch For: THE POLITICS OF ISRAEL’S PAST: THE BIBLE, ARCHAEOLOGY AND NATION BUILDING, Ed. by Emanuel Pfoh and Keith W. Whitelam

It will be published by Sheffield Phoenix Press, and will include essays by James Crossley, Keith Whitelam, Emanuel Pfoh, Niels Peter Lemche, Ingrid Hjelm, Raz Kletter, Thomas Thompson, and many others.  Keep your eye on the Sheffield Phoenix page (or here, since I’m sure I’ll have reason to mention it again).

The Huffington Post: If You Trust them for Religion News, You’re Nuttier Than They Are

How could you possibly trust a ‘news source’ that can’t even manage to spell the word ‘Pastor’ correctly?

This reminds me of the dimwits who spell Baptist ‘Babtist’ (and yes, there are such miscreants.  I’ve seen their handywork on Church vans and signs…).

Anywho- Huffington Post, here’s your Dilly- well deserved:

The CNN Video of Robert Cargill Debunking the Claims of the ‘Jonah Ossuary’/ ‘Jesus Discovery’ Thing

With thanks to Joel Watts for posting the link on the facebook.  Go here, watch Bob.

Sad, Students, Sad

From the twitterings of the always amusing ‘Bible Students Say’ – these gems

“The Old Testiment is a different version then what you get when reading the New Testiment.”


“God sent Jesus so that we wouldn’t have to continue to offer sacrifices to Him. He just made an easier way to eternal life.” (sigh)

And the grandpappy of the stupid-

“Being out of slavery just made it worse as far as sinning. Now people can sin more b/c they don’t have people telling them what to do.”

Kids just don’t care anymore do they…

Q&A With Goodacre and Meyers

With thanks to Eric for emailing the link-  I especially liked these snippets

EM: I was on the advisory panel of experts assessing the integrity of the claims, the appropriateness of the report and the panel decided that National Geographic should drop it like a hot potato, and they did…. I was the one who blew the whistle on the [James ossuary]…. It was a looted artifact—we didn’t know where it came from.

And this

TC: Tabor, one of the project’s primary researchers, is a professor at UNC-Charlotte. Do you feel any intercollegiate competition?

MG: As far as I’m concerned, the fact that he’s at UNC has nothing to do with how I view his scholarship. I entirely respect him and his scholarship—it’s just I think he’s wrong about this.

EM: I’ve known [Tabor] for years. When he heard I was not too keen on his interpretation, he drove up from Charlotte. We spent four hours together. He presented the data to me. I still rejected it, [and] I took him out to lunch. We have a cordial relationship, if you can believe it.

It’s a great interview with much more.

A Few Snapshots of Cargill on CNN

Apparently Cargill was bumped for a few commercials and stories about Axl Rose and Betty White…  10:40 came and went.  It wasn’t until 10:50+ that the segment finally aired.  Here are some snapshots of Cargill on CNN (on my tv)-  but first, CNN was wrong to call the discovery made by ‘archaeologists’.

Robert did a brilliant job of summarizing the issues.  Brilliant.

Beza’s Sermon on Predestination

Scott Clark has it.

The question of God’s eternal Predestination is not curious, or unprofitable, but of great importance, and very necessary in the Church of God.

And then he’s off.

Die Geschichte vom Sündenfall zwischen historischer Bibelkritik und Theologie: Die Kontroverse zwischen Ludwig Köhler, Emil Brunner und Hugo Gressmann aus dem Jahr 1926

An essay by the inestimably talented Konrad Schmid is online at Academia.edu titled Die Geschichte vom Sündenfall zwischen historischer Bibelkritik und Theologie: Die Kontroverse zwischen Ludwig Köhler, Emil Brunner und Hugo Gressmann aus dem Jahr 1926.  Give it a read.  I love this kind of research.  It’s fascinating!

Set Your DVR: Cargill Will be Live on CNN at 10:40 a.m. Today

That’s 10:40 Eastern time, 9:40 Central.  If you live in another time zone you’ll just have to figure it out for yourself. He’s scheduled to appear for a 3-4 minute interview on CNN’s NEWSROOM WITH CAROL COSTELLO to discuss the documentary, “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery,” which airs this evening on Discovery Channel.

Enjoy!  (Unless he’s bumped by some stupid story or ridiculous cat video… you know how CNN is).

Lombatti on Charlesworth’s ‘Reading’ of the Ossuary

Ok I said I wasn’t going to mention the vampire (ossuary) anymore but I can’t let pass Antonio’s sage albeit brief observation:

James Charlesworth’s interpretation of the lines and scratches at the bottom of the vase on the “Jonah ossuary” is arbitrary: he connects and/or disconnects them to obtain the desired result. As you can see above, the lines are a decorative motif and there is no inscription. Not a single Jewish ossuary has ever been found with a name inscribed in/near an image. This reminds me how people say they can read Greek and Aramaic inscriptions on the Turin Shroud, but obviously they see something that isn’t there.

See his post for the image to which he refers.  Here’s what Charlesworth says…

“Most likely,” says Princeton Theological Seminary scholar James Charlesworth, director of a project on the Dead Sea Scrolls, “we may comprehend the inscription as reading ‘Jonah.’ And I have no doubt it is a fish.”

That’s beyond comprehensible.  The only way to comprehend the ‘inscription’ as saying Jonah is to see it Rorschach style.  ‘What does this look like to you Prof. Charlesworth?’  ‘It looks like Yonah’.    Good grief.

If Prof. Charlesworth is right, then a consensus may form that the ossuary depicts Jonah being vomited out of the mouth of the fish. Because Jesus mentions “the sign of Jonah” in the Gospel of Matthew, the saga is traditionally used as a metaphor for his resurrection.

The problem is that Charlesworth isn’t right.  What on earth is going on with him these days?

A Message from Heaven for Joel Watts, Chris Tilling, and Robert Cargill

Shame on Baylor

The LA Times reports

NCAA places Baylor on probation


The move comes following an NCAA investigation that uncovered hundreds of impermissible calls and text messages made by Baylor basketball coaches to high school recruits.

Good grief. A ‘Baptist’ school whose coaches can’t manage to be ethical. We expect secularists and pagans to act that way, but a Baptist school certainly should not.

The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams. The violations were considered to be major infractions, and they were announced less than a week after the Bears women’s team won the national championship with the first 40-0 season in NCAA history.

Winning by cheating: it’s the way of the World!  Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

Ido Koch – ‘The “Chariots of the Sun” (2 Kings 23:11)’

Ido Koch’s new essay titled ‘The “Chariots of the Sun” (2 Kings 23:11)‘, was just published in Semitica (54: 211-219). He begins

Many scholars have deemed the information regarding the dedication of horses to the sun and the phrase “chariots of the sun” as the main evidence for sun worship in the Jerusalem Temple. Nonetheless, the association of horses and chariots with sun worship contradicts ancient Near Eastern evidence of the chariot, which was mainly associated with the storm god on his way to battle. In these instances, thunder was explained as the roar of the lions or cherubs that were mounted to the chariot (Weinfeld 1973: 423; Dion 1991: 52, note 34).

He spends the next 9 pages proving his case. With thanks to Ido for sending it along.

The Craziest Thing You’ll Read Today…

Up in Sweden

There is no reason to ban texting and talking on mobile phones without hands-free while driving, according to a report from the Swedish National Road and Transport Institute (Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut – VTI), handed to the government on Wednesday.

You read that right- according to the Swedish Road Institute, texting while driving is perfectly safe…

“We’ve seen that it doesn’t help to have such a law while driving. This is partly because we’ve seen that people wouldn’t adhere to the law, and partly because we’ve seen no effect on crash risks,” said Katja Kircher of VTI to Sveriges Radio (SR). VTI hopes instead that emerging technology in mobiles will increase traffic safety, according to the TT news agency. The Local reported in June 2010 that a survey from insurance firm Trygg Hansa indicated that almost every second Swede has read or written a mobile phone text while driving.

That’s insane. That they’ve seen no effect on crash rates is- in a word- unbelievable.  Sweden… you’re such a pretty country with such crazy people.