The Ossuary Formerly Known as the “Jonah Ossuary”

A movement is afoot to ditch the term “Jonah ossuary” which reflects an interpretation that most do not find plausible, and substitute another nickname, such as the “amphora ossuary” or, if that isn’t catchy enough, the “handled fish ossuary.” In The Bible and Interpretation James Tabor recounts James Charlesworth’s claim to have found the name [Read More…]

Talpiot Tombs, the “Jesus Discovery” and the “Jonah Ossuary” in the News

Here’s the latest on the Talpiot tombs and the ossuary which should presumably cease being referred to as the “Jonah ossuary”: Bob Cargill has made another video about the image on the “Jonah ossuary”: The ASOR blog draws attention to a publication discussing that same ossuary, and the image on it, way back in 1981. [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear

The Doctor Who episode “The Web of Fear” marked the return of the Yeti and the Great Intelligence, and the introduction of a character who would become a regular feature of the show in years to come: then Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. The episode, in fact, has been considered the prototype for the main type of episode [Read More…]

The Bible and the Patriot Act

Having said that I didn’t find a comic from the Far Left Side as funny as I might have expected, precisely because it didn’t seem to make a useful point, it seems only fair to share a cartoon or two that I think makes a useful point or is more amusing. [Read more…]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part One

I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman emphasizes that many mythicists appear to approach the question of Jesus’ existence in the manner of conspiracy theorists, and since such people refuse to change [Read More…]

#CFP: Science-Fiction Myths: Travels through Time and Space – Due June 1, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS “Science-Fiction Myths: Travels through Time and Space” An area of multiple panels for the Film & History Conference on “Film and Myth” September 26-30, 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA http://www.filmandhistory.org Deadline: June 1, 2012 Films that depict travel through time and space captivate us with tales of the past, the future, the distant, and [Read More…]

The Value of Ossuaries

Many ossuaries are of archaeological and historical value. Some may be of more interest than others. But some, through spin, forgery, or other means, try to make the interesting seem incredible – and our historical understanding is liable to suffer as a result. On the Talpiot patio tomb, Bob Cargill has annotated a video with [Read More…]

Persecution of Mandaeans Continues in Iraq

Jim Davila shared a link to a news article about the desecration of Sabean or Mandaean graves in Kirkuk. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

Remembrance of the Daleks: Thus far in the Sylvester McCoy era, this is the episode that has made me feel most like the show I am watching is still Doctor Who, and the character played by Sylvester McCoy is still the Doctor. Bringing the classic enemies back, the Daleks, was a good move, as was [Read More…]

Thank’s to that guy’s advice, we need to do source criticism

Via Michele Stopera Freyhauf on Facebook. I have the sense that I may have seen this before, but if it has been so long that I am no longer sure, then it is worth sharing again! [Read more…]