WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?
New free video from “The Naked Archaeologist,” filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici
The Bible is made up of dozens of books, but tradition has it that the first five books were dictated to Moses, by God. But could Moses have really written down the words that God spoke, including the Ten Commandments? The Bible says that millions of people witnessed this event–but what does archaeology say? Watch a free episode of the TV series THE NAKED ARCHAEOLOGIST by award-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici. Watch free video.
NEW YORK LAWYER GUILTY OF IMPERSONATING DEAD SEA SCROLLS SCHOLAR
Read about the trial, conviction and sentencing of Raphael Golb in the Scholar’s Study
A New York jury returned a verdict of guilty on 30 of 31 counts against 50-year-old Raphael Golb, son of University of Chicago Dead Sea Scroll scholar Norman Golb. Thus ended Raphael Golb’s three week trial in which he admitted to originating hundreds of emails and blogs, in some of which he used fake accounts to impersonate prominent scroll scholar Lawrence Schiffman of New York University. Late last week, Golb was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. Explore coverage of the Golb trial in the Scholar’s Study, and let us know what you think in the Talkbacks. Read more.
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This week in the news, New York lawyer Raphael Golb was sentenced to six months in jail for impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Lawrence Schiffman on the Internet. Elsewhere in New York, sixth graders at the Sayville Middle School became apprentices to a master scribe and learned to write their names in Ugaritic cuneiform. A bathing pool that was likely part of a bathing house used by the tenth Roman Legion has been uncovered in excavations in Jerusalem. And geologists, archaeologists and anthropologists all stand to gain valuable scientific data contained in samples drilled from 1,640 feet below the seabed of the Dead Sea in Israel. Read more.
FROM EDEN TO EXILE: UNRAVELING MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE
John Merrill reviews Eric H. Cline‘s book
Books about Bible “mysteries” typically fall into two broad categories: those claiming with appropriate fanfare to have discovered some location or artifact described in the Bible; and others, based on more sober examination of evidence, showing the former claims to be inadequately supported by facts. Eric H. Cline’s From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible, is in the latter category. Professor Cline is a scholar with credentials in both ancient history and Near Eastern archaeology whose two previous books provided engaging accounts of the sweep of history through single pivotal locations–respectively Megiddo (Armageddon) and Jerusalem. Read more.
“A great success,” according to participants and scholars
Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII, held this past weekend in Atlanta, GA, was a great success according to both participants and scholars. Participants raved about the “phenomenal” lineup of scholars. Scholars reported that it was a pleasure to lecture at The Fest to an audience eager to hear about and discuss new findings in Biblical studies and archaeology. Everyone departed looking forward to meeting again for The Fest next November in San Francisco, CA. Mark your calendars now for the weekend before Thanksgiving 2011, and come join us!
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