Daily Archives: 28 Oct 2016

A Guy You Need to Follow on Twitter

This guy.  He’s super.  He’s bright, and a member of SBL and SOTS, and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.


The American Voter

My take on the Jerusalem Papyrus

Good thoughts.

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Yesterday, at the Jerusalem conference at HU, I was invited to serve as a respondent in the session in which the new papyrus mentioning Jerusalem was presented (see here for the full article [in Hebrew]). This was reported as well by Nir Hasson in Haaretz (see below the English version of the article, courtesy of Joe Lauer).

As only some of the points I raised are not mentioned, here are some additional issues that I noted:

  1. My comments are as an archaeologist, not as an epigraphist or a linguist.
  2. I’m not sure that it is real or a fake, but various issues are problematic. I would very much like it to be authentic – but first – doubts must be dispelled.
  3. This is particularly so in light of the strong indications that many of the recently acquired fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls may be fakes – indicating that there are some…

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Don’t Buy Kenmore

My daughter has a Kenmore refrigerator in her house.  It went on the fritz a couple of weeks ago so I called a local repairman and he had a lot of trouble finding the part he needed.  In fact, he couldn’t.

So I contacted Sears and arranged a repairman.  I told them what the other repair guy had found, what part was needed, and why.  The person I chatted with at Sears Home Repair said it was all noted in the service call and there would be no problem at all having the refrigerator repaired.  Which was supposed to happen today.

So I went to my daughter’s house to wait for the repairman to arrive.  My phone rings.  I answer it.  It’s the Sears repairman.

He informs me that he’s not got the part on his truck.  Why not?  He just didn’t have it and before he could order it he would, get this, have to come out, inspect the fridge (for the $99 service call fee), then order the part, which would arrive in two weeks, and then he could return (for a $99 service call fee), install the part, and charge me for the service call, the part, and labor.


I could order the part myself…. and when it arrives…. I can schedule another appointment….

ARE YOU SERIOUS?  I will never buy another thing from Kenmore, or Sears.  Their service is beyond shoddy and the promises they make to do repairs aren’t followed through with.  They appear to wish to do as little as possible whilst charging the most they can for doing nothing aside from removing a few screws, unplugging a circuit board, and plugging the new one in.

It’s outrageous that American companies are so pathetically unmotivated to service their own products with any sense of concern for the customer.  Outrageous.

Brill’s Companion to Ancient Greek Scholarship (2 Vols.)

56207Brill’s Companion to Ancient Greek Scholarship aims at providing a reference work in the field of ancient Greek and Byzantine scholarship and grammar, thus encompassing the broad and multifaceted philological and linguistic research activity during the entire Greek Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The first part of the volume offers a thorough historical overview of ancient scholarship, which covers the period from its very beginnings to the Byzantine era. The second part focuses on the disciplinary profile of ancient scholarship by investigating its main scientific topics. The third and final part presents the particular work of ancient scholars in various philological and linguistic matters, and also examines the place of scholarship and grammar from an interdisciplinary point of view, especially from their interrelation with rhetoric, philosophy, medicine and nature sciences.


The Bee Stings the Sci-fi / New Testament-ers

A well-known historical-critical scholar announced a stunning find Friday morning that is expected to send shock waves reverberating throughout Christendom: the plot of the New Testament was lifted in part directly from the Wachowski brothers’ smash-hit 1999 film The Matrix, he claims.

“While Christians have come to think of ideas like resurrection, a messiah-like figure, and the Trinity as unique to their faith, I have found, in fact, that the Bible has liberally borrowed from movies like The Matrix, and to a lesser extent, Superman II and Alien 3,” Dr. Gary Essex said in an interview on NPR.

“What we find when we look objectively at the written record is that the Bible parallels earlier sources quite closely,” Essex added, explaining that he took extensive notes while watching a VHS copy of The Matrixunearthed at a local rummage sale. “Where the Wachowskis had created this intricate mythology surrounding a foretold chosen One who sacrifices himself to free humanity, the Jewish writers of the New Testament seem to have latched onto these concepts and adapted them to fit their own purposes.”

“And the writers of the Scriptures weren’t even subtle about their shameless borrowing—going so far as to steal many names wholesale right out of the classic kung-fu action film, like Thomas, Nebuchaddnezzar, and Zion.”

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH (because we all know a guy or two who thinks in just this direction).

Last Call

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Bibi Calls it ‘A postcard from the past to UNESCO’

In case you needed more evidence for your suspicions.  The photo appears in Haaretz, where Aren Maeir also asks questions about the ‘postcard’…

Chat with a Publisher

Via Christoph H. On facebook-

Gespräch mit dem Geschäftsführer von Mohr Siebeck, Dr. Henning Ziebritzki.  

Die Peer-Mentoring-Group “Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft” geht im Gespräch mit dem Geschäftsführer des Verlags Mohr Siebeck, Dr. Henning Ziebritzki dem Thema “Wissenschaftliche Theologie publizieren und schreiben” nach. Sicher auch für Nachwuchsforschende aus den Geisteswissenschaften von Interesse! 2. November, 10-12 Uhr, Kirchgasse 9. Anmeldung bitte per eMail an: christoph.heilig@uzh.ch