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Bible Secrets Revealed – a new series coming soon from @xkv8r

Dr. Cargill writes,

Please tune in to this documentary, which seeks to address difficult biblical scriptures and teachings in a responsible, academic, yet entertaining manner. The series is certain to be compelling as much for its scholarship as for its examination of secrets buried deep within the biblical texts, that have often traditionally been known only to scholars.

via New History Channel Documentary “Bible Secrets Revealed” Begins Airing November 11 | XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill.

Be sure to read his link for all of the juicy details.

Also, it involves sex.

Yeah, now you’re clicking that link.


Lecture – Dr. Robert Cargill, “Toward an Archaeological Standard for Digital Imagery” | Art History & Archaeology

With the increased use and power of digital imagery tools comes the increasingly frequent manipulation of these images for purposes ranging from humor to advertisement. Unfortunately, these purposes also include the manufacture of evidence to support revisionist theories of history and religion.

And while fields such as journalism have begun setting standards for acceptable practices concerning the processing of digital imagery, many scholarly fields within the humanities have not yet effectively addressed digital media processing and manipulation.

A rise in frequency of pseudo-archaeological claims made by amateurs employing manipulated digital imagery to support their sensational claims necessitates the immediate establishment of a set of standards and best practices for the use of processed images in academic settings. This talk highlights some recent examples of digital manipulation and offers a set of standards for future use of digital media within the academy that preserves the integrity of the imagery and enhances the credibility of those employing digital media.

Robert Cargill is Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at The University of Iowa, where he has taught since 2011. He came to Iowa from the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. While at UCLA, he also served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. At Iowa, he is part of the Public Humanities in a Digital World cluster of faculty. He also authors an active blog XKV8R, that covers wide-ranging subjects, chief among them ancient archaeology, and digital manipulation and the hazards therein.

This talk is made possible through support from The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Classics.

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Lecture -Dr. Robert Cargill, “Toward an Archaeological Standard for Digital Imagery” | Art History & Archaeology.

Dr. Cargill on the Rhetoric of Simcha Jacobovici

He concludes,

He states himself that he is not an academic. Perhaps we should stop expecting him to argue like one.

Granted, Simcha will not recant of his false accusations, his deceptions, and his hyperbolic notions of awards and titles, but at the very least, people will get to see the full story.

Why me, Lord?

Portrait of Ulrich Zwingli after his death 1531
L v Z

Dr. Cargill has responded to the current string of posts regarding the dismissal of Scholarship based on the (non/lack of, almost) supernatural views of the person who holds them. As I have posted several times, I struggled with accepting scholarship from a Seventh-Day Adventist even though I used LDS scholarship, both groups considered at the very least heterodox by orthodox Christians.

My good friend, Dr. Jim West — who is one of the most warmest souls to have met in person, who has always been there to give me advice, help, and a shoulder to cry on and I could go on (I mean, Jim has practically forced me to read Bultmann, Zwingli, and to consider minimalism as a valid Christian undertaking) — has (non-)responded. But the problem I have with this and it is one I’ve struggled with how to say it for the past few hours is that this is ALMOST THE EXACT SAME THING, at least in the same mold, AS LITTLE HONEY TEE TEE SAYS.

Zwingli on the bronze doors by Otto Münch (193...
Zwingli on the bronze doors by Otto Münch (1935) on the Grossmünster in Zürich, Switzerland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, I am not going to post links to the — what is the polite way of saying heretical little idiot devoid of any ounce either of Christianity or knowledge and so far away from any type of truth that it would be impossible for him to learn even the must rudimentary of syllables to say “truth”? — guy’s (who had to leave the U.S. for South Korea before he was arrested) blog. But within the last few days, TT has “written” posts suggests that only those truly born again (John 3, you know, the one with Holy Spirit) can know what truth is, etc… Also, he thinks Augustine is an atheist. An atheist!

As I have written several times, I view the Spirit in John 14-16 as the Spirit that guides us into all truth. This is the allowance for doctrinal development, progression, or correction as well as science, sociological advancement and the like. This is the same spirit Justin believed inhabited the Greek Philosophers before him, a belief Luther reports as shared by Zwingli:

After three days of hotly debating with Martin Luther in Marburg the nature of the Eucharist, Huldreich Zwingli, the Swiss Reformer, gripped Luther’s hands and said: “Here we’re fighting. Doctor Martinus, but, thank God, one nice day we both will be dead and then in Heaven we shall know the Truth, walking with the great sages, with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle . . .”

“Doctor Zwingli,” Luther interrupted him rudely, “They were pagans; they were not baptized; they are roasting in the everlasting fires of Hell.”

But they were good men, were virtuous and followed their consciences.”

“If you talk like this, you’re not a Christian—and I regret to have wasted my time with you,” Luther snapped back.

Perhaps I am but a novice, without a phd to my name yet, but if Zwingli and Justin before him can allow pagans, philosophers, and others to have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead guide them and their work (i.e., Scholarship), I won’t pretend that it gives me some super-secret revelation and thus validates my Scholarship.

I fully expect to be defriended for this post, but alas, here I stand. I can do no other.

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Is Dr. Robert Cargill Saved?

Following up on the post from yesterday… I mean, some bloggers seem to imply that one cannot comment on Christian-anything unless one is Christian


Now we know why the Golb(er) did it!


If you have followed the story of the Golb the lesser, you will remember that he had nothing more to than spend countless hours trying to drag everyone else through the mud because of daddy issues.

Now, we know why…

My real concern is if I’ll be able to handle it physically,” he said. “I don’t have a good back. I was once rushed to the hospital with neck spasms. Being in a confined environment, I don’t know how I’ll react to that. It’s possible I’ll go insane. It’s possible that I’ll be fine and just read my books and do some writing.”

So that’s why he did what he did… because he has back problems, most notably, the lack of a back bone.

Well, no worries. I’m sure he’ll get the bone in prison.

Oh dear… now we know why John works with Simcha

because he can photoshop really well!


This is a rather silly attack and shows that the current meltdown at Associated Producers, LTD

My kids have better random squiggles than the Jonah Ossuary

Skeptics are calling the new claim “Rorschach test archaeology.” Steve Caruso, a professional translator who analyzes inscriptions on ancient artifacts for antiquity dealers, said Charlesworth’s interpretation of the inscription is “more of an exercise in reading tea leaves.”

Robert Cargill, assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa, concurs. “One must do some rather strenuous mental gymnastics to arrive at the letters for the name of Jonah in this image, including ignoring lines that are clearly present but do not fit the desired inscription, joining together lines that are clearly not conjoined, reshaping letters, and eliminating any semblance of linear alignment,” Cargill says on his blog.

If all those adjustments are permissible when interpreting ancient text, the lines in the inscription can be made to spell out anything from “Jesus” to “Yo Yo Ma,” the scholars note.

via ‘Earliest Christian Artifact’ Just Random Squiggles, Scholars Argue | Jonah Ossuary | LifesLittleMysteries.com.

This is a rebuttal of a previous piece written today and posted on MSNBC.com.

Poor thing… Simcha forgot that this was the internet age.

I’m going with hype and speculation for $imcha

Dr. Cargill and others have been buys debunking the latest pre-Easter hype from Simcha and Associates (Archeologists and Photoshoppers, Inc). Anyway, the venerable Simcha has posted on Dr. Cargill’s blog,

….The fact is that a handful of scholars are suffering from what Prof. Yosef Garfinkel calls “paradigm-collapse trauma.” That is, literary compellations of groundless arguments, masquerading as scientific writing through footnotes, references and publication in professional journals (BAR, May/June 2011, p. 47)….

Dr. Cargill later responds,

Agreed. And your life has apparently taken you to discover the real route of the historical Exodus (“The Exodus Decoded”), the actual tomb of Jesus (“The Lost Tomb of Jesus”), the very nails of the cross of Jesus (“The Nails of the Cross”), and now the Jonah and the Whale ossuary, the “the earliest archaeological record of Christians ever found” (“The Jesus Discovery“), despite being “neither an archaeologist, nor an academic” (-Simcha Jacobovici, “The Nails of the Cross: A Response to the Criticisms of the Film,” jamestabor.com, June 22, 2011, p. 45.).

You must admit, that’s pretty spectacular! Life has either led you to become the most prolific archaeologist of all time, or your archaeological career is based upon pure speculation…

I’m going to with pure speculation…

Anyway, make sure you read the entire post.

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