FYI: There IS a Combox Policy UPDATED

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And part of that policy is this: you post a comment that’s obnoxious and stupid enough, and I may just edit it into something more benign. I don’t edit them all: I usually just pick one commenter once in a while as an example, especially when that person insults or threatens me. There are some [Read More...]

Piskie-Roman Dustup in San Francisco

On October 1st, Episcopalian bishop Marc Andrus published an obnoxious letter “welcoming” Salvatore Cordileone as the new Archbishop of San Francisco … by implying that he’s just a knuckle-dragging Iron Age bigot and decent Catholics should join the rapidly-draining Piskie Pond to get away from such a horrible person. (Why did he have to write a letter to his entire diocese [Read More...]

Give Out Free Copies of Plants vs. Zombies This Halloween

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You read that right. PopCap and the American Dental Association are teaming up to offer free copies of Plants vs. Zombies to trick or treaters this Halloween. The “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign is aimed at replacing tooth damaging candy with a healthy addiction like computer gaming.  Just go to the site and print out a [Read More...]

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 5: Rock Cut Tombs

Rock cut tomb, Talpiot

This is an ongoing series about graves and tombs in the ancient Levant, from the Paleolithic Period until the time of Christ. The entire series can be found here. During the Late First Temple Period (8th to 6th century BC), we begin to see the creation of multichamber rock-cut tombs. Reached by rock-cut stairs leading to [Read More...]

The Earliest Biblical Painting?

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Is this it?It comes from a house in Pompeii (buried by volcanic ash in 79 AD) and is believed to show Biblical scene of the Judgement of Solomon. Bible History Daily has the whole story. Theodore Feder writes: In the building known as the House of the Physician, excavators found a wall painting clearly depicting King [Read More...]

Gnostic Pawn Stars

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“Would you like to pawn it or sell it?” Courtesy of Catholic Memes via Chris Smith via Pinterist. If Karen King had just walked into Gold and Silver Pawn, Rick and Chumley would have straightened her out. My other posts on the Jesus’s “Wife” Hoax can be found here.   [Read more...]

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 4: A Biblical Interlude

Dore used just about the only method of burial NOT practiced by the Israelites for his "Burial of Sarah"

This is an ongoing series about graves and tombs in the ancient Levant, from the Paleolithic Period until the time of Christ. The entire series can be found here. I want to pause at this point and turn from the archaeological record to the Biblical record to see what evidence we have for burial and [Read More...]

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 3: The Bronze Age

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This is an ongoing series about graves and tombs in the ancient Levant, from the Paleolithic Period until the time of Christ. The entire series can be found here. The Intermediate Bronze Age is so heavily marked by a rise in lavish burials that it’s one of the central features of the age. One of [Read More...]


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