When you run a heretic out… how far will they go? China.

A recently discovered site may shed new light on historical research into the Nestorian Church, which is believed to be the earliest Christian movement to spread the Gospel in China.

A niche in a stone wall with a cross carved above it has now been verified by experts as a repository for the ashes and bones of Christians. The experts also confirmed that this is the earliest Nestorian burial place discovered so far in China.

via Historic Christian site found in China ucanews.com.

HT – DLK via the Twitters


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Apparently the mayor is not the only one in Toronto smoking crack

Simcha is trying nail down another paid-for award, it seems. That’s right, the nails are back, but his analysis has gotten even worse. Much worse.

By the way, this has been refuted by a real archaeologist.

I don’t have the time or the wherewithal to point out the phallacies Simcha needs to firm up his case. He tries to wrap his hands around it, but keeps getting the shaft. He just keeps spitting it out and expecting the world to swallow it.

Anyway… as someone pointed out… nails near or in a tomb doesn’t point to death, rather… they would point to the resurrection. The nails only become important IF JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD.

HT to XCV8 via the tweeters for the title. It just seemed to fit.

Wait. Dang it. Am I seeing Simcha everywhere? I mean, Simcha sees Simcha everywhere. In every line. Every line is an attack. Every attack is about Simcha.

Dang it. I’ve got SimchalookatmebecauseeveryoneisalwaystalkingaboutmebecauseimSimchaits.

What has Simcha done to me!!!!!?!?!??????!!!!!!

Must be a Canadian thing.

I wonder if Little Honey Tee Tee is a Canadian?

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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.

4213A Art-Sociology Building
University of Maryland

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

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I’m Quoted in the The Media Line and it is awesome

“We have sensationalist journalists who pose as archaeologists and like to latch onto these things. We have sensationalist fundamentalists who like to latch onto these things,” Joel L. Watts, an independent scholar of the New Testament, told The Media Line. “I would like to see archeology treated more as science than as a theological experiment. That would be great.”


“There is simply no need nor evidence to connect every buried item in the Holy Land to something in Scripture,” he wrote in a blog for The Huffington Post. “It could just be a Roman vase, after all.”

via The Media Line.

More later. I’ve had a rather, rather long day.

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What can you buy with enough money?


Title$, position$… and the revi$ion of hi$tory.

First, note this post… Hilarious.

If you’ve followed the Simcha/Tabor fiasco, you’ll note the need to call into question certain items, especially related to Simcha’s interview with Father Puech. This has caused some to reconsider some of the long standing issues from the beginning, such as the number of replicas in the possession of Simcha, et al.

Dr. Mark Goodacre has revealed that there are two replicas.

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Simcha swears that his opponents are something like 33rd degree Masons

Dr. Tabor has since responded, suggesting that their is a pre-existent narrative (we are unable to prove) and,

They are indeed somewhat different since two different labs produced them using the photos we had taken. I think the second might be a bit more accurate overall, especially in the proportional size of the “fish” and a more careful representation of the “little fish” along the border, plus a few other details, such as the “zig zigs” on the left end that should have been added.

As Tom Verenna has pointed out, Tabor has been shown to have changed certain items and representations based on criticism, without citing either his changes or his motivations for such changes.

Notice who Tabor says made the second replica –

The second was done in Israel by Associated Producers, for the launch of The Jesus Discovery film

Associated Producers is Simcha’s company. Further, there is considerable time between the creation of the two replicas. What transpired in this time? The criticism leveled from actual scholars.

There are issues here as well, but more on that as it develops.

For instance, see Tom’s post on what makes a replica a replica.

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No, Dalmanutha has not been found – because it doesn’t exist

Israel, Sea of Galilee (Lake of Tiberias)
Israel, Sea of Galilee (Lake of Tiberias) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Owen Jarus is reporting the discovery of a new town on the Sea of Galilee. It is very close to Magdal, and thus the immediate conclusion is to suggest it is Dalmanutha.

A town dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel’s Ginosar valley.

The ancient town may be Dalmanutha (also spelled Dalmanoutha), described in the Gospel of Mark as the place Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread, said Ken Dark, of the University of Reading in the U.K., whose team discovered the town during a field survey.

This isn’t new.

Mark is known for his radical geography — Actually, he is conservative, as in following some of the literary geographic rules of the time. Matthew is not.

Both present the story.

Mark in 8.10. Matthew in 15.39.

Both present the story in much the same way, except for the name, of course. Matthew elsewhere had ‘corrected’ Mark’s geography so to see it here is nothing surprising.

So, if this is Dalmanutha, then we are supposed to believe either Matthew got his geography wrong or Jesus completed this event twice, once in each town. To be honest, I think it is more plausible to have Jesus perform the miracle twice than to have Matthew completely uncharacteristically get his geography wrong contra Mark.

As I point out in my book, there is a better explanation, following other notable cases in Mark’s Gospel — that he was writing this place name to hide his intention. Either in Latin or Aramaic, Dalmanutha can mean several things important to the expected context of the author. But, you’ll have to read for that answer.

Every time they find a shard of something, they will seek to pin it to so-called biblical archaeology. This is no different than what Simcha does every time he finds a window frame or a vase.


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Something you need to understand about Simcha Jacobovici


Archaeology at Crossrail
Archaeology at Crossrail (Photo credit: rich_pickler)

The truth is that Mr. Jacobovici holds the honorary title of “Co-Director of the Bethsaida Excavations” (along with ten other individuals) because he serves as the leader of the Huntington University (of Canada) delegation, which contributed $2000 to the Bethsaida Excavations Consortium.


via One Big Balagan: Robert Deutsch, Simcha Jacobovici, and their Campaign of Misinformation against Prof. Yuval Goren | XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill.


You will need to read the naked truth about a fake archeologist. (see here as well)


You can buy all sorts of titles – producer, award winner, co-director, adjunct professorship … and some people buy degrees. But, in the end, the truth will find your out.


Simcha is passing himself off as something other than what he is because he bought his way in. He didn’t earn it.


Huntington should be ashamed.




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“Journalism” Crucified upon the Cross of Jesus

Archaeologists digging at an old church site in Turkey say they found a stone chest containing a relic that may be a part of the wood cross on which Jesus died.

Archaeologist: Wood relic found in Turkey may be piece of Jesus’ cross – UPI.com.

My response?

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Read the story. Then sit back and go… um… what?

The cross of Jesus is long lost. It was nothing special and at the very start, would have be reused time and time again.

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