He’s in Pre-Med… And He Gave His Infant Bleach… To Drink… For Congestion…

Wow.  Just.  Wow.  This kind of foolishnes can’t be learned, it’s biological.

A Florida man allegedly fed his 2-month-old daughter bleach because he thought it could help cure her congestion.  “This would probably be the dumbest decision I ever made in my life, and I regret it 110 percent,” 20-year-old Carron Washington told WESH-2 News.  At a press conference Monday, Washington said the girl suffers from chronic breathing difficulties, the Gainesville Sun reported. He said a friend from the College of Central Florida recommended the bleach treatment, saying that she had used it on her own child.  Washington is a pre-med student.

Wow.  *Note to self- under no circumstances are you ever to visit, or take someone to visit, a Dr Washington*.

To quote little Scott Bailey…  The stupid, it burns.

A Second Inscription from Qeiyafa?

Joseph Lauer informs us that Luke Chandler writes

qeiyafaA few people have inquired about the new Khirbet Qeiyafa inscription discovered in the 2012 season. I asked Yossi Garfinkel about it last week when I drove up to Chattanooga (from Tampa!) to catch his presentation at Southern Adventist University. He said they have made good progress on it and may publish something in a few months. He wouldn’t release any details about it during his presentation but told me beforehand that the results are “very interesting.”

I saw the new inscription when it was found last summer. It is from the late-11th/early-10th century Iron Age level at Qeiyafa. It is readable. I’ll post details here as soon as they are released to the public.

Well that’s not much to go on.  A second inscription which is legible and ‘interesting’ which won’t be published for several months.    No, that’s not at all helpful.  (Though to be fair the first inscription wasn’t ‘all that’– being rather both insubstantial and subject to wide ranging readings).

A Pretty Good Week, But Not the Best

Visitor-wise that is.  From last Thursday through today at 3 pm-


Others countries visited too of course but they can’t all be gotten in one screen shot (in terms of quantity) but they are mapped.  And, Greenland, what gives?  I know you have intelligent residents, so where ya been?

[For fun I scanned the Alexa rankings of the biblioblogs and, heaven bless ’em, none are even remotely close…  No wonder some strange folk don’t like to take them into account].

More on the Copenhagen Conference

Changing Perspectives in Old Testament Studies. Past, Present, and Future

International Conference at the University of Copenhagen, October 9-12, 2013

The conference centres on the manifold contributions to biblical studies by the scholars, John Van Seters, Thomas L. Thompson, Philip R. Davies, Niels Peter Lemche and Keith Whitelam. In various ways their work has significantly changed the perspectives of Old Testament scholarship and has influenced the outlook and methods of biblical studies and related disciplines in the course of the last 50 years.

Van Seters, Thompson, Davies and Lemche will participate as key note speakers at the conference, which will include a number of papers within fields related to their achievements in Hellenistic studies, theories of composition, theories of history, anthropology, archaeology, Ancient Near Eastern religion and comparative literature, Dead Sea texts and cultural memory studies. The aim of the conference is to assess some of the major changes within the field of Old Testament scholarship, to investigate those changing perspectives within a broader context and to suggest future prospects of the discipline. Each participant is expected to present and discuss the challenge of these new perspectives for his or her core area of research.

Lectures will be 40 minutes for keynote speakers and 20 minutes for regular papers.

The opening lecture will be given by Prof. Jack Sasson, Vanderbilt University.

Papers will be published in A.K. de H. Gudme and I. Hjelm (eds.), Changing Perspectives in Old Testament Studies. Past, Present, and Future. International Conference at the University of Copenhagen, October 9-12, 2013 (CIS, Equinox).

It’s going to be fantastic fun.  As my paper comes together I’ll post snippets, but you’ll just have to wait for the Conference volume for the whole thing.

The MA In Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University

Along with the MA in Archaeology Tel Aviv also offers an International MA in Jewish Studies.  Go to the link for all the details.  Here are the basics:

Tel Aviv University offers the world’s only one-year intensive MA in Jewish Studies taught in English in a Hebrew speaking environment.

This new MA offers a series of intimate encounters with the classical texts of Jewish culture, from biblical through medieval to modern.

This unique program is:

  • Text-centered and skills oriented. It aims to equip students for work·in ducation, museums and other institutions, and to provide an excellent foundation for PhD research.
  • Interdisciplinary. Courses include Bible, History of Hebrew language, Rabbinic exegesis and midrash, comparative approaches to Talmudic and Christian texts, Jewish mysticism, Medieval philosophy and kabbalah, Ancient Jewish magic, and Modern Jewish thought·

The MA In Archaeology at Tel Aviv

They’ve put together now a fine brochure which you can access directly here.


For loads more information on the program, visit their website here.  If you’re interested, apply.  Tel Aviv is a beautiful city and there’s nothing lacking in its delights.  It’s right on the Sea and there’s so much to do within an easy drive.

Do, check it out.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

This gem from Rick Warrern- unsurprisingly.


There’s so much wrong here.  First, it isn’t liberal or conservative theology or even theology of any kind that sustains congregations, it is the Holy Spirit.  Evidently Rick doesn’t know that.  Nor does he know that theology of any kind can kill churches because, according to Scripture (read the first 3 chapters of Revelation, Richard) churches are in the ‘hand of Christ’.  What kills churches is anthropocentric pseudo-theology because when man becomes the center the organization in question ceases to be the church and accordingly dies of its own weight.  And finally, liberal theology (whatever that is) survives (whatever that means) due not to tenured academics (whoever they are and whoever they are supposed to be) but to liberal Christians.  But Rick has to have some non-existent straw man to whip.

Rick Warren is just the worst thinker in any high profile pulpit in the country.  He really is ‘America’s Pastor’- for he’s just like America: biblically illiterate and theologically uninformed.

Ok, I Have to Hand it to BAR- This is Pretty Cool

BAR announces

In a commemoration of the scholarship of Ehud Netzer, Biblical Archaeology Society has made a special collection of his groundbreaking scholarship from the BAS Library available for free. This collection includes the posthumously published “In Search of Herod’s Tomb,” a piece that sits at the heart of the Israel Museum exhibit Herod the Great—The King’s Final Journey.

BAS Publications by Herodian Scholar and Archaeologist Ehud Netzer

In Search of Herod’s Tomb
A New Reconstruction of Paul’s Prison
Floating in the Desert
Uncovering Herod’s Seaside Palace
New Mosaic Art from Sepphoris
The Last Days and Hours at Masada Found at Dan
Jewish Rebels Dig Strategic Tunnel System
Herod’s Family Tomb in Jerusalem
BAR Readers Restore and Preserve Herodian Jericho

That’s loads of good stuff.  Kudos to BAR for making it available.

Community Archaeology in Palestine

Archaeology & Other icon

With thanks to Keith Whitelam for pointing this out on the twitter-

The field of community archaeology is considered a new branch of archaeology that aims to engage and involve local communities in protecting, promoting, interpreting, and benefiting from the archaeological and heritage sites within their communities. Community archaeology is concerned with connecting the public with archaeology, passing along discoveries and research in archaeology to the public, and gaining local knowledge and insight from the public.

Simply put, community archaeology is based on the reciprocation of knowledge among archaeologists, heritage workers, and local communities. Mechanisms of community archaeology are many, and information could be learned, taught, and shared via numerous channels, for example: the Internet, lectures, films, print materials, town hall meetings, hands-on learning, on-site activities, teacher training and curriculum development, educational kits, museum displays, archaeology fairs, making excavations accessible to the public, and gathering oral traditions and oral history.

And more.


Some Arsenal fans are just crazy.  Sure Wenger should go- but die?  That’s a bit reactionary isn’t it…

arsenalIt’s just a game.  Chill out.