Daily Archives: 28 Feb 2013



Via Joel Watts on the FB.

Candida Moss on CBS

I’d embed the video but CBS is apparently managed by control freaks who don’t want such things to happen.  So, go here to watch it.  She does a nice job.

Word is, she’s also written a book on martyrdom.  That’s what I hear anyway…   😉

An Oldie But a Goodie

From back in 2009, Orion Center’s Virtual Qumran tour.


A Brilliant Essay on the Pseudo-Archaeologists Pillaging the West Bank

Randall Price and his kind are rightly and roundly thoroughly excoriated in this brilliant piece which should be required reading in every institute of Archaeology.  It’s very long but worth every minute it will take to read it.

Just a tiny snippet-

Since 1967, the IDF has surveyed and excavated over 6,000 sites in the occupied West Bank, filling military warehouses with artifacts and refusing to publish any data. The curtain was lifted in 2007, when Israeli researchers successfully sued the IDF’s Staff Officer for Archaeology to report his unit’s activities and discoveries in the region. The artifacts remain hidden away, but this interactive map allows users to virtually explore each site, sorted by time period.

The map which follows in the essay is amazing.  But even more importantly, where is the IAA in all of this?

Facsimile Edition of the Heidelberg Catechism

photo (1)This delight arrived today (I had mentioned it previously).  It’s quite lovely.  A true little handbook (no bigger than your hand) with both facsimile pages in the first half of the book and a little introduction first in German and then in English in the second half.   Now you always have right at hand the Catechism.  Delightful.

Jesus: Rise To Power

Corcovado jesus

Jesus’ rise to power is the ultimate underdog story. During an era when people were defined by the manner of their death, the crucifixion should have branded Jesus as a failure. But instead of squashing a movement, Jesus’ execution sparked a religion. In roughly 400 years, the little-known Judaic church of Jesus transformed into the religious and political powerhouse it is today. In the new three-part special Jesus: Rise to Power, premiering on Holy Thursday, March 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel (NGC), Roman history expert Dr. Michael Scott journeys through the deserts and cities of the ancient world to reveal the epic events that formed the backbone of Christianity.

Nat Geo is airing the special Thursday, March 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel.

The chief presenter is Michael Scott (not the one from The Office, the one from Cambridge University) –

Dr. Michael C. Scott is a Research Associate at Darwin College and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was formerly the Moses and Mary Research Fellow in Ancient History at Darwin College. His principal research interests lie in the intersection of history and archaeology. In National Geographic Channel’s three-part special Jesus: Rise to Power, Scott journeys across the ancient world to chart the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Together with a series of religion scholars, he will examine key pieces of biblical history and bring to life the epic stories that shaped Christian history.

More on the special here, with thanks to Ben Pascut for the heads up.  I just hope it’s not as miserable as the tripe ABC is airing titled ‘The Bible’.  Awful stuff that.  Just awful.  Anyway, you can watch the 5+ minute trailer here.

The Devil’s Dandruff Returns

I’ll probably break a hip this time.   Nasty business this snow horror.

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Moses and the Red Sea