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Simcha’s Hypocrisy: They Used a Big Pillager at His Own Dig at Beth Saida

429960_110205829107743_316896377_nWith thanks to a friend who has sent along this photo of a big piece of machinery at Bethsaida (where Simcha was dig co-director) doing exactly what Simcha accused Yuval Goren of doing (but didn’t).

As a lecturer, Jacobovici has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and on various campuses including Yale, Johns Hopkins, McGill, UCLA and York University. Mr. Jacobovici received a B.A. from McGill University where he honoured in Philosophy and Political Science. He also has an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto. He is presently an adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Huntington University, an affiliate of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He is also a co-director of the Bethsaida Excavation in the Galilee, Israel and Project Director of the Talpiot Tomb Excavation in Jerusalem.

That’s hypocrisy.  So tell me, why didn’t Simcha accuse his own dig of doing something wrong when that machinery was used at Bethsaida?  Why didn’t Robert Deutsch take out an advert in BAR decrying Simcha Jacobovici and the Bethsaida dig?  Selective accusation?  Selective memory?

I’ll tell you why- because Simcha and Deutsch and BAR are conducting a witch hunt against Goren for no other reason than that Goren wasn’t in their camp on the bogus inscription on the James Ossuary.

In other words, it’s pettiness which drives their smear campaign.

Written by Jim

25 Aug 2013 at 5:27 pm

Posted in Archaeology

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  1. OMG the BAR Crowd ‘outed again 🙂

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    joezias

    25 Aug 2013 at 5:45 pm

  2. For the record, Simcha Jacobovici is not associated with the Bethsaida Excavations Project in any way, let alone as co-director. As co-director myself (for the past seventeen years), I would resign in a heartbeat if this were the case. As for the backhoe, I was there the day it filled in the long furrow left after the extraction of Syrian bunkers. It was not there doing archaeology of any sort.–Nicolae Roddy, Creighton University.

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    Nicolae Roddy

    25 Aug 2013 at 10:18 pm

  3. I am delighted to see the interest in the Bethsaida Excavation Project. This project is an interactive educational project. We have just completed the 27 excavation season.
    Bethsaida was proved to be the capital city of the kingdom of Geshur.
    Where else we have a capital city of a kingdom in such a great state of preservation?

    (Backhoes are used at Bethsaida only to remove dumps. The picture you see is removing dumps outside of the city walls.
    All backhoes jobs at Bethsaida are approved and supervised by IAA).
    Anyway, thanks for your interest at Bethsaida. It is indeed an amazing site without parallel.
    Dr. Rami Arav
    Director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project

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    Rami Arav

    25 Aug 2013 at 10:44 pm

  4. Prof. Roddy, Man of the Year in my estimation at a site with myriad problems due to a couple of the staff searching for fame and fortune. He stands above this, but not alone with the above remark and my hat is off to him. Rest of you take note as there is too much of these absurd claims being put forth by the BAR Crowd.

    Had the rest of the BAR Crowd acted in similar fashion over the years, biblical archaeology would not be in the crisis that it is in. For those of you standing on the sidelines, compare his behavior with folks at UNC, Charlotte and Chapel Hill had they acted similarly the image of biblical archaeology would be on a strong footing, today its foundations are shaky and one sees it in the funding of important excavations whereby money is drying up. As for BAR supporting excavations, check out his non-profit and decide for yourself. http://www.guidestar.com

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    joezias

    26 Aug 2013 at 6:47 am

  5. Dear Nicolae,

    If you resign or not that’s your business but please check your facts. As of April 11, 2012, Huntington University is a co-sponsor of the Bethsaida project. The same day they nominated their adjunct Professor, Simcha Jacobovici, as their representative to the dig, at which point he became an official co-director of the dig. This was confirmed in writing by Professor Rami Arav the very same day. This summer, Simcha welcomed the first students from Huntington who participated in the dig. We expect an even bigger group next year.

    As for the picture, I think it’s clear to one and all that the backhoe is used to remove garbage. In Professor Goren’s picture it is clear – that’s why he’s using it in a slide in a lecture – that it’s part of the excavation, penetrating into the 5×5 square.

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    Nicole

    26 Aug 2013 at 12:48 pm

    • Nicole’s language is very, very intriguing. She writes

      As of April 11, 2012, Huntington University is a co-sponsor of the Bethsaida project. The same day they nominated their adjunct Professor, Simcha Jacobovici, as their representative to the dig, at which point he became an official co-director of the dig. This was confirmed in writing by Professor Rami Arav the very same day. This summer, Simcha welcomed the first students from Huntington who participated in the dig.

      None of which says that Simcha is co-director. It says the University he is affiliated with is a co-sponsor. It says Simcha is an adjunct professor and ‘representative to the dig’ (whatever that means). That does not mean – does it- that we should imagine for an instant that Simcha is at Bethsaida digging a square or supervising the activities there. Indeed, what it does imply is that Simcha is only associated with the dig because the school he is affiliated with donated money to it (as co- sponsor).

      It seems to me that if Simcha were a co-director in any meaningful sense of the word it would mean that he was at the site, dirty, digging, or supervising. Nicole, did any of this happen? If not, then it isn’t Prof. Roddy who owes someone an apology.

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      Jim

      26 Aug 2013 at 1:29 pm


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