Sunday Oct 20, 2013
The thing that has principally held researchers back from making the kinds of connections outlined in my article “Internal vs. External Data and the Dead Sea Scrolls” two months ago (http://blogs.jpost.com/internal-evidence-vs-external-evidence-carbon-testing-dead-sea-scrolls) is the chronology of Qumran based on the External Data – as we showed – primarily including archaeology, paleography and, latterly, radiocarbon...
Monday Aug 26, 2013
Author's note: Much of what follows is excerpted from pp. 788-801 of my James the Brother of Jesus (Viking/Faber&Faber/Penguin, 1997-98); but it has been 'borrowed' so much - sometimes even without attribution - that I felt it might be good to repeat the gist of it in more popular (though admittedly still complex) form here:
Most reading this blog probably never heard of Epaphroditus. He is mentioned twice in...
Sunday Aug 18, 2013
The reason I have not written very much lately is because "Israel is in a Pickle" - and we all know it.
There is not very much new to say or say at all, except 'Stall, stall, stall'!
But have they/we enough time?
Of course, one could always say "No!" - "No, no, no" - the three "No's!", but Israel or "the Jews" (as a "Jew" myself, I feel I have the right to...
Tuesday Jul 30, 2013
There are two kinds of data for materials such as those found at Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls), ‘external’ and ‘internal.’ ‘External data’ consist of things like archaeology, paleography, and carbon dating. In a situation like of the Scrolls, the latter turn out to often be either imprecise or unreliable.
It has been my position from the beginning of my work (the 70's), in a situation of the...
Wednesday Jul 03, 2013
Who would have thought it? Napoleon invaded Egypt, which many thought the most foolhardy military adventure of his career, over two centuries ago on July 2nd, 1798 and fought “The Battle of the Pyramids” against the Mameluks on July 21st.
At that moment, under the Pyramids – his real intent perhaps to cut off the British route to India – he proclaimed the ideals of Republican France, proclaiming Frenchmen...