Stop it BAR. Just stop it.
Do you know why the Ain Dara temple doesn’t shed any light on ‘Solomon’s Temple’? Because there’s not an archaeological shred of Solomon’s Temple to be found. Comparing something you have (Ain Dara) with something you don’t have (Solomon’s Temple) is idiotic. It’s like comparing a car (which you have) to a submarine (which you don’t have). You can’t compare the known and the unknown. Analogy, in other words, is extraordinarily limited and usually misleading.
So stop it BAR. Just stop it.
From the blatantly self serving archaeological claims made in support of political goals as evidenced by Mazar and the City of David excavations to the ‘discoveries’ of Mellaart who faked his own finds…. archaeology is becoming less and less credible.
A famed archaeologist well-known for discovering the sprawling 9,000-year-old settlement in Turkey called Çatalhöyük seems to have faked several of his ancient findings and may have run a “forger’s workshop” of sorts, one researcher says.
James Mellaart, who died in 2012, created some of the “ancient” murals at Çatalhöyük that he supposedly discovered; he also forged documents recording inscriptions that were found at Beyköy, a village in Turkey, said geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger, president of the Luwian Studies Foundation. Zangger examined Mellaart’s apartment in London between Feb. 24 and 27, finding “prototypes,” as Zangger calls them, of murals and inscriptions that Mellaart had claimed were real.
“He used the same approach for over 50 years,” Zangger told Live Science. “He would first acquire a tremendously broad and deep knowledge [about the area he was interested in]. Then, he would try to use this knowledge to develop a coherent historic panorama,” Zangger said. This process in itself is not uncommon for an archaeologist or historian. The only difference is that legitimate researchers then look for evidence that either supports or refutes their ideas. Instead, “Mellaart would fabricate drawings of artifacts and translations of alleged documents to reinforce his theories,” Zangger said.
Archaeology needs to clean up its house before it becomes the National Enquirer of science.
Read the interview with Mazar in the Jerusalem Post. It’s an astonishing piece– chiefly because it shows so clearly that Mazar already knows what she’s going to find before she even finds it. And that, kids, is not scholarship, it is an agenda.
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 be another ‘manuscript’ published by HTR which describes Jesus’s marriage to his sister or will it come in the form of a grave which contains the ‘body of Jesus and his entire family!’
I just can’t wait!
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 been ‘confirmed’ because a sherd has the name ‘Moses’ on it is both disingenuous and misleading. Moses was probably not the only guy named Moses and Joshua was probably not the only guy named Joshua. Etc.
BAR needs to be honest here, because their claim is just fake news. The people of the Bible haven’t been confirmed. Names have been confirmed to have existed. That’s it. Period.
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, reported.
DoA Director General Monther Jamhawi said that a national team of researchers and specialists scanned the area of the alleged cave where the codices were allegedly found but did not find any relevance between the codices and the cave, particularly as no cavities in the cave’s walls were found.
The department described the findings of British scientist David Elkington as baseless, stressing that the cave was not found and the pictures he has have nothing to do with the cave that was visited, which indicates that his insistence on the originality of the codices is groundless and not credible.
With a lot more from the esteemed Jim Davila. It’s time for Margaret to ‘let it go’.
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 artifacts) it proves nothing.
It’s purty though…. But unprovenanced. So useless.
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 if you give the ‘desperate for proof’ lot even the most tenuous something or other they’re sure to run with it- in spite of the fact that at the end of the day they’re simply lying about it all.
But they don’t care. Because ‘proof’ – even if it doesn’t exist – is more important than ‘truth’ (in spite of the fact that they claim they’re Christians).
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 crucified in Rome…
Afraid not. So much for any semblance of scholarship in Simcha’s work.
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 (or at least someone who has been to Israel once or twice) to fact check.
If they are this wrong on the archaeology and as we’ve seen, on the dating of the Scrolls, what exactly will the Museum exhibition be right about?
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 patriarchal family headed by a 500-year-old man bent on saving the world. Cultures all over the globe share the legend of Noah’s Ark, but this summer one especially enthusiastic Christian ministry will try to convince you that it looked exactly like this—dinosaurs and all—when it opens its biblical theme park. Its pièce de résistance is a 510-foot representation of Noah’s giant boat. (OK, the Titanic was bigger, but you get the idea.) Tickets for the July 7 opening go on sale January 19, and the ministry folks are betting big—with borrowed money—that people will want to see the show.
And much more. Get your tickets while you can…
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 and gullible fragment collectors out there.
Nonetheless, EVEN IF it is ancient, without provenance and without a ‘chain of custody’ by which to trace its history, it is quite worthless historically.
But I may be wrong and if I am I hope Roberta Mazza will set me straight.
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 involved in the centuries-old quest.
Save your money. Go buy a book or donate to poor relief or buy me a Starbucks giftcard (the latter will get you out of purgatory altogether for the right amount).
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 premier American digger.
UPDATE: Oh boy….
Authors Aaron Judkins and Michael McDaniel talked about their new book, Alien Agenda, and how it relates to forbidden archaeology, UFOs, the Nephilim, and the coming of the Antichrist. Detailing the origins of his research, Judkins, an archaeologist, explained that he was intrigued by the preponderance of winged serpents and discs depicted by ancient cultures throughout the world. McDaniel, a theologian, traced his interest to meeting an alleged abductee and a subsequent investigation of the Bible where he found references to the UFO phenomenon. Both authors contended that UFOs are malevolent, with Judkins suggesting that the elusive nature of the phenomenon portends a sinister agenda and McDaniel connecting them to a long term plan hatched by Satan.
I think that pretty much says it all…
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 city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age.
The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons and pieces of armor, also the remains of two war chariots, scattered over an area of approximately 200 square meters. They estimate that more than 5000 other bodies could be dispersed over a wider area, suggesting that an army of large size who have perished on the site.
Mmmm hmmmm…… And the original source of the unproven claim is the ‘WorldNewsDailyReport’ website… which is something like the National Enquirer.
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 ratings. After describing a guy who researches sharks and his excitement about being a part of the series, Shark Week, NPR continues-
You can guess what happened next. To his horror, Davis found himself featured on a “documentary” that had little to do with his research. Voodoo Shark strongly suggested that Davis believed in the Rooken.
“There’s no way I could’ve known they were going to portray it like that,” he says.
Voodoo Shark shows Davis and his team doing real research, pulling sharks out of the water and tagging them on the deck. Davis says he did not see any unusual sharks. What was unusual was a producer’s reaction when they hooked a big one.
“One of the guys was like, “Oh, maybe you should just let it bite you, that would be so exciting.’ And I was just thinking to myself, ‘Are you kidding me? You really think I wanna let the shark bite me just for ratings? Are you serious?’ ”
Ellen Prager, a marine scientist who has taught at the University of Miami and writes books for children about sharks, says she and her colleagues have a list of things that drive them crazy about Shark Week, such as the emphasis on sharks attacking people and feeding frenzies.
And yet biblical scholars will continue to jump the shark and appear on whatever garbage Discovery airs. When they do, they deserve, richly, to be associated for the rest of their careers with the dissemination of absolute stupidity.
Scientists know that Discovery twists the truth. Why don’t biblical scholars? And if they do (and they have to), then what is it about them that makes them willing to turn their backs on the facts and become part of something insidious and dishonest?
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!