Archive for the ‘pseudo-scholarship’ Category
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 giornalista, infatti, parla di un’abitazione del tempo di Gesù a Nazareth, è vero. La datazione della struttura, tuttavia, risale al 2006 ed è opera di Ken Dark dell’Università di Reading. Roba già nota, insomma. Ma con la Pasqua che si avvicina, basta fare un titolo così per avere qualche lettore in più.
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 or not, is exactly the central concern of all these idiotic specials with their idiotic claims and poor scholarship.
Note too the little sentences at the bottom. I’ll go ahead and answer them for you – who cares, and nothing.
TV specials around Easter and Christmas are always the most sensationalistic and ridiculous. This is, no doubt, just the first of many this year.
NB- No, I haven’t seen it. Yes, I am within my rights to criticize it because I’ve seen enough of these things to know what’s going to happen. There will be an outlandish claim followed by a talking head from the fringe of scholarship or of the anti-theistic sort followed by a fundamentalist’s opinion followed by another ridiculous claim… etc. At the end of the day balanced scholarship will be absent. It’s always absent. So, yes, I am within my rights to mock not only the individual special but the entire genre.
Even if you’ve written a couple of books on ‘biblical womanhood’ and ‘doubt’.
Σκιὰν γὰρ ἔχων ὁ νόμος τῶν μελλόντων ἀγαθῶν, οὐκ αὐτὴν τὴν εἰκόνα τῶν πραγμάτων, κατ᾽ ἐνιαυτὸν ταῖς αὐταῖς θυσίαις αἷς προσφέρουσιν εἰς τὸ διηνεκὲς οὐδέποτε δύναται τοὺς προσερχομένους τελειῶσαι· ἐπεὶ οὐκ ἂν ἐπαύσαντο προσφερόμεναι, διὰ τὸ μηδεμίαν ἔχειν ἔτι συνείδησιν ἁμαρτιῶν τοὺς λατρεύοντας ἅπαξ κεκαθαρισμένους; ἀλλ᾽ ἐν αὐταῖς ἀνάμνησις ἁμαρτιῶν κατ᾽ ἐνιαυτόν, ἀδύνατον γὰρ αἷμα ταύρων καὶ τράγων ἀφαιρεῖν ἁμαρτίας. διὸ εἰσερχόμενος εἰς τὸν κόσμον λέγει, θυσίαν καὶ προσφορὰν οὐκ ἠθέλησας, σῶμα δὲ κατηρτίσω μοι ὁλοκαυτώματα καὶ περὶ ἁμαρτίας οὐκ ηὐδόκησας· τότε εἶπον, ἰδοὺ ἥκω, ἐν κεφαλίδι βιβλίου γέγραπται περὶ ἐμοῦ, τοῦ ποιῆσαι, ὁ θεός, τὸ θέλημά σου.
There ya go. And of course there’s this:
וַ֭יַּעַן בִּלְדַּ֥ד הַשּׁוּחִ֗י וַיֹאמַֽר׃ עַד־אָ֥ן תְּמַלֶּל־אֵ֑לֶּה וְר֥וּחַ כַּ֜בִּיר אִמְרֵי־פִֽיךָ׃ הַ֭אֵל יְעַוֵּ֣ת מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וְאִם־שַׁ֜דַּ֗י יְעַוֵּֽת־צֶֽדֶק׃ אִם־בָּנֶ֥יךָ חָֽטְאוּ־ל֑וֹ וַֽ֜יְשַׁלְּחֵ֗ם בְּיַד־פִּשְׁעָֽם׃ אִם־אַ֭תָּה תְּשַׁחֵ֣ר אֶל־אֵ֑ל וְאֶל־שַׁ֜דַּ֗י תִּתְחַנָּֽן׃
Looking forward to your rendering, Rachel.
You know the type- the authors of the kinds of things you see festooning the shelves at your local Jesus junk store by the likes of Rachel Evans and Rick Warren and Joel Osteen and TD Jakes and Beth Moore and Ed Young and Mark Driscoll. Where do publishers find those people?
The mystery has been solved. Behold:
I have to say, if you have to pay $500 (or any $) to have your essay published, it must be real rubbish.
What exactly are … [scientific] journals publishing and who is taking these journals to be credible sources of medical information?
Shrime decided to see how easy it would be to publish an article. So he made one up. Like, he literally made one up. He did it using www.randomtextgenerator.com. The article is entitled “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?” and its authors are the venerable Pinkerton A. LeBrain and Orson Welles. The subtitle reads: “The surgical and neoplastic role of cacao extract in breakfast cereals.” Shrime submitted it to 37 journals over two weeks and, so far, 17 of them have accepted it. (They have not “published” it, but say they will as soon as Shrime pays the $500. This is often referred to as a “processing fee.” Shrime has no plans to pay them.) Several have already typeset it and given him reviews, as you can see at the end of this article. One publication says his methods are “novel and innovative”!. But when Shrime looked up the physical locations of these publications, he discovered that many had very suspicious addresses; one was actually inside a strip club.
Scholars must be a gullible (or egomaniacal) bunch if they would really send their stuff to some publisher to be published at a price.