Daily Archives: 17 Oct 2018

The Official AAR Uniform Top

If you’re attending AAR this year here are your choices for upper wear.  Please choose 4.  And yes, you can mix and match, though at least one should be Christmas themed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Signs of the Times

Is Israeli Newspaper Haaretz correct that there is an “Archaeological Case for Goliath”? No.

Fun times….

Remnant of Giants

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article by Philippe Bohstrom with the title, “Huge if True: The Archaeological Case for Goliath“.

As expected, the article contains a series of sensationalist claims, unsupported by the evidence.

Fortunately, archaeologist Michael Press has provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the article’s more spurious claims. You can read his Twitter thread here: https://twitter.com/MichaelDPress/status/1052543770854653952.

See also, my earlier post on the inscription discoveries at Gath: “The “not Goliath” Inscription from Tel es-Safi/Gath: Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media“.


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More Pentebabbleist Nutbaggery: Hurricane Michael Was Caused By Democrats in Retaliation for Kavanaugh

You can’t make this nonsense up.

One of my greatest sources of unintentional comedy is Mark Taylor, otherwise known as the “Firefighter Prophet.” Among his bizarre prophecies and conspiracy theories is a recurring theme: that Democrats (and former President Obama) are using weather control technology to obstruct President Trump’s agenda.

Earlier this month, Taylor claimed Hurricane Florence was created by liberals to cover up mass voter fraud in North Carolina. In June, he said liberals were planning to create hurricanes to suppress the midterm election turn out. Now, he’s saying that Hurricane Michael, which is currently bearing down on Florida, was artificially created by “scared” anti-Trump forces in “retaliation” for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“Does anyone else think it’s strange that Justice K is sworn in and we have a major hurricane inbound?” Taylor tweeted this Tuesday. “DS scared? They should be. Retaliation? Absolutely. We will not be intimidated! Warriors arise, time to go to work! You know what to do.”

Pentebabbleists shouldn’t be allowed within 500 miles of the Bible and 10,000 miles of theology.  They can’t understand Scripture and they don’t know what theology is.

The Perfect Pastor

Thanks to Michael Jones for sharing on the FB-


The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net.  That they may successfully do evil with both hands– The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.  The best of them is like a brier; The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge. (Mic. 7:2-4)

500 Jahre Reformation: Rückblicke und Ausblicke aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive

Luther’s theses on the power of indulgences (1517) became the impetus for a vast movement. Essentially inspired by Christian religious concerns, the Reformation helped shape and transform the entire political and sociocultural landscape of large portions of the “Western” world, in both the short and long term. The multidisciplinary essays in this volume consider this history from the perspective of the Reformation city of Zurich.

The volume is edited by none less than Peter Opitz.

There’s a Book About the ‘Ark Encounter’

And it sounds right interesting.  The book, not the theme park.  The review concludes

Throughout the book, Bielo engages with many contemporary debates in both anthropology and religious studies, such as the discussion on public religion; the social life of things; the enchantment of science, play and conversion; history-making and historicity; symbolic power; and the poetics of faith. He uses these and other theories to paint a picture of the cultural patterns that orchestrate present-day American public religious life. As such, the book is a much needed contribution to studies of American fundamentalist Christianity, and to the anthropology of fundamentalism. At the same time, it gives a good insight into the place of Christianity in our contemporary Western society, its relation to popular culture and commerce, and the power of “religious entertainment.” Reading the ethnography gives the reader a sense of being immersed and entertained, much as a visit to the park promises that we will be.

Give it a look.

Signs of the Times

JZ Ellis