Sorry for the sparse blogging lately. I’ve been both busy and preoccupied with other things. Nothing in particular to say today so I figured I’d just put together a little of this and that from the blogosphere.
Consequently I am flying the face of number 2 on John Lyons’ list of the 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging. This is actually one of the things I disagree with on John’s list. I rather like blogs that serve primarily as collating services for some topic or another. Paleojudaica is, of course, my favorite of these. Getting caught up on everything in the news that is even vaguely associated with early Judaism is generally as simple as clicking on to Davila’s site.
For those of you who don’t wander about on Slacktivist regularly, shame on you. But for now just check out his last couple of posts on the roles and rights of women around the world. Make sure you follow the link to Joss Whedon’s post on this topic as well, and make note of his points concerning the soon-to-be-released Captivity. And while you’re over on Slack don’t forget to read Fred’s second footnote on his most recent post. I would like to know precisely what precipitated the second encounter with Bishop Tutu.
Finally, I want to weigh in very briefly on Simcha Jacobivici and his “documentary” The Lost Tomb of Jesus. If you want the whole lowdown on this film I strongly suggest that you go over to Mark Goodacre’s NT Gateway Blog and read everything that you find on the Talpiot Tomb, it’s all here. The article I want to mention, however, I ran across via Jim West’s blog (another blog worth daily reading). The Canadian Jewish News gives a report about Jacobivici’s film and the resulting controversy, asking him questions about the rather harsh backlash that the film has received. Jacobivici seems to key in on people who take issue with his film on religious grounds, playing the Search for the Truth trump card on these objections. “What I am doing is reporting objectively about an archaeological discovery,” he says. Later in the article he summarily dismisses the objections of archaeologists by saying “I’ve noticed that archeology is not a science. It’s a body of knowledge” (can somebody explain to me what the hell that means?!). What both he and the CJN completely fail to mention is that more or less the entire scholarly community, including theologians, archaeologists, philologists, paleographers, historians and biblical scholars have explored the possibility that the Talpiot Tomb belonged to Jesus of Nazareth is highly unlikely. There are serious scholars (e.g. James Tabor) who do buy that the tomb does contain the remains of Jesus, but so far as I know not many (readers should feel free to correct me on this). It’s not that I think Jacobivici is ridiculous because of what he believes, but the fact that he dismisses the scholarly community on this subject by citing his journalism credentials just annoys me.
So, there it is. An avalanche of meaningless junk. Cheers all.