Category Archives: pseudo-archaeology

Nope

Ok people, look…  There hasn’t been anyone in the Hebrew Bible ‘confirmed’ by archaeology.  What’s happened is that names found in the Bible have also, on occasion, been found in the archaeological record.  To suggest that ‘Moses’, for example, has … Continue reading

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Those ‘Lead Codices’ That Margaret Barker Keeps Pushing? Jordan has Disavowed Them

AMMAN — The Department of Antiquities (DoA) on Thursday announced that the lead codices it seized with the help of security authorities around seven years ago have not been proven to be authentic so far, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, … Continue reading

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The Hilariously titled ‘Lead Sea Scrolls’ Case, Yet Again…

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has called for a fresh examination of the Jordanian Codices, a series of about 50 metal books variously described as a key find in Biblical archaeology and a crude fake, after tests showed … Continue reading

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Archaeology Has Always Been a Political Tool: The ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Is Just the Latest Iteration

Archaeology has long been used by the state of Israel as a means of demonstrating modern Jewish rights to an old land. Palestinians, for their part, have often resisted these findings, either rejecting them outright or pointing to other ancient … Continue reading

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That ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing, Again

This time there’s finally a photo of the unprovenanced bitlet making people very excited.  But what’s it prove?  Absolutely nothing.  Even if it’s authentic (who knows, it’s unprovenanced and can’t be discussed at ASOR because of their policy concerning unprovenanced … Continue reading

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Christmas is Coming…

That can only mean one thing: pretty soon someone is going to announce the ‘discovery’ of a ‘text’ that will ‘shake the foundations of Christian faith’. Can’t wait to see what it is this year?  I’m all tingly.  Will it … Continue reading

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That ‘Hezekiah’s Toilet’ Story? Yeah, It’s Much Ado About Nothing

But that isn’t stopping the ignoramuses like the people at Relevant Magazine from blowing it all out of proportion and making a suit out of a button. The little bauble proves nothing that is being claimed it proves.  Nothing.  But … Continue reading

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Poor Simcha, He Sees Paul in the Scrolls Too

Last week he blathered on about Jesus being discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  This week he’s added Paul to his insane suppositions.  But he knows so little that he actually asserts that Paul – according to ‘Christian tradition’, was … Continue reading

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The Museum of the Bible Misses the Mark

On their facebook page they have this image and description: That isn’t Gath.  But not only do none of the Museum’s curators know it, none of their commenters do either.  It’s Herodium. Maybe the Museum should have employed an Israeli … Continue reading

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An Update on the Progress of the Ark with Dinosaurs in Kentucky

Newsweek reports Imagine the Titanic minus the smokestacks, framed out of timber rather than iron. Imagine that instead of a doomed ocean liner bustling with well-dressed elites, it’s home to 2,000 seasick animals, a handful of teenage dinosaurs and one … Continue reading

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There’s No Point Fawning over the Ebay Gospel Fragment

Frankly, it looks like a poor knock off.  The papyrus has no taint of ancient-ness, the ink is darker than ancient ink ever is, and it smells to high heaven of another attempt to make a buck from the unsuspecting … Continue reading

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They’re Still Looking for Noah’s Ark…

Why??? Come on people, give. It. Up. Is Noah’s Ark still hiding somewhere today, waiting to be discovered? A documentary coming to theaters nationwide next week explores the ongoing search for the world’s most famous vessel and documents the dangers … Continue reading

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Eric Cline has Some ‘Serious’ ‘Competition’

Meet ‘Maverick‘- the flight nurse / ‘Biblical archaeologist’… who served as a consultant for an ‘archaeological’ expedition to find Noah’s ark… Watch out Eric…. there are those waiting in the wings (with air nurse wings!) to dethrone you as the … Continue reading

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Well There Ya Go: Claims of Discovery Have Now Replaced Actual Discoveries…

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern … Continue reading

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Shark Week, Pseudo-Science, And the Willingness of Some Biblical Scholars to Jump the Shark for the Sake of TV Face Time

Read this report from NPR and substitute biblical scholars for shark biologists and you’ll understand how infuriating it is to watch people who profess to love biblical studies appear on Discovery, which cares NOTHING for the truth and only for … Continue reading

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An Amazing Discovery at Kabri: An Inscribed Pot!!!!

And you won’t believe whose name is on it!!!! WOW!  I never thought I would see ‘West’ in an inscription on a pot from a dig at Kabri from the 10th century.  My relatives go way back!

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The Vatican’s Ministry of Misinformation Concerning the Turin Shroud

Antonio ‘The Leper‘ Lombatti writes Ne parla in modo giustamente spietato Marco Bella sul Fatto Quotidiano. Pseudoscienza e pseudostoria: che triste realtà. Leggete anche voi. Trovate anche un resoconto del convegno scritto da Sylvie Coyaud. E non dimenticatevi l’articolo di … Continue reading

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The Nonsense That Will Not Die: Ossuaries in the News

The New York Times writes … the earth may have yielded new secrets about these disputed antiquities. A Jerusalem-based geologist believes he has established a common bond between them that strengthens the case for their authenticity and importance….   For the … Continue reading

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Oh Give it a Rest, Reading, You Haven’t Found the House Jesus Grew Up In

Antonio Lombatti writes Alcuni giornalisti hanno scelto questo titolo: Jesus’ House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up. Dove è addirittura cresciuto! Un titolo che tira. Sicuramente. Ma che non ha nulla da spartire con la ricerca storica. Il … Continue reading

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Another Pre-Easter ‘Jesus’ Special… on CNN

I’ll not be watching, since I am taking the year off from the absurd genre of religion/bible tv docu-mockeries.  I only mention it because CNN has this little gem of ick in its ‘money’ section… which, whether they know it … Continue reading

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