For the field of papyrology this may be a moment of reckoning. One of their most distinguished luminaries—a MacArthur “genius grant” winner, no less—is alleged to have sold antiquities that he did not own. When I spoke to Nongbri in June he told me “If this isn’t a one-off thing, and there are more records of sales, it becomes harder to believe that other scholars who work closely with Dirk Obbink didn’t know this kind of thing was going on.” The scale of the problem, as Nongbri notes, is still undetermined. If items were illicitly leaving the Oxyrhynchus collection and being funneled through Baidun it’s possible that other items (and indeed dealers) are involved. Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg. It’s also possible that other Oxyrhynchus papyri were sold to different U.S. buyers. Regardless of the scale of the problem, the fact that items could leave the collection at all demonstrates that there is a need for greater transparency in the administration of shared intellectual and cultural heritage.
Scholars… Some of you need Jesus. Your egos and your sense of entitlement are astonishing.
Though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil. (Jn. 3:19)
People accept lies because they live in darkness. And like it.
Most of you are too young to remember it, but theology used to be called the ‘Queen of the Sciences’. Today, it’s not even the washer woman for Christians.
So, here’s what the Anne Frank center tweeted-
Hi @facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards. You haven’t given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?(the post was the exact same as the tweet below):
These numbers are alarming, but this is why we do what we do. Currently only 10 states mandate Holocaust and Genocide Education. How do we counter ignorance about the Holocaust with knowledge, compassion, and understanding?
And here’s the news story they reference.
Put this on your facebook page too.
The ETC folk have the latest on this Museum of the Bible soap opera.
NEWSFLASH: “Professor Obbink and Missing EES Papyri” – MOTB returns 13 Papyri to EES!
That used to be established fact. Today, however, people need to be reminded of it.
No one asks a non-chemist about a chemistry problem. And no one asks a non-physicists about a physics problem. And no one asks a non-architect about an architectural problem.
By the same token no one should ask a non-theologian about a theological problem and no one should ask a non-biblical scholar about an exegetical problem.
Expertise matters. A failure to appreciate that very simple fact is the reason ignorance is rampant in this society- from the highest office in the land all the way down.
It was the 14th of October, 2006 (it doesn’t seem like it has been 13 years) that James Barr, one of the most brilliant Old Testament scholars of our day (or any day) died. Academically speaking, he’s my grandpa. Both of my major Professors in Seminary, Sam Balentine and John Durham studied with Barr at Oxford.
All those who knew Professor Barr were forever changed by the encounter. May his name continue to be a blessing and his work an influence.
Subject: KCL/UCL Hebrew Bible Day Conference, ‘Foreign Nations in the Prophets’, Thursday 7th May 2020
King’s College London and University College London have established an annual joint Hebrew Bible Day Conference. The first conference, focussing on ‘Foreign Nations in the Prophets’, will take place at King’s on Thursday 7th May 2020, with Professor Hugh Williamson as key-note speaker and an open call for papers. Further details will follow. For now, please note the date.