Category Archives: Archaeology

David Jenkins on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, atheism and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘Atheism is itself a religion, one which is gradually gaining ground in the West.  Stavrakopoulou, like most atheists, exhibits tedious political correctness — even worse, though, is the BBC’s use of a member of one religion to ridicule the beliefs … Continue reading

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Is Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou trying to beat Dan Brown at his own game?

‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ is trying to beat Dan Brown at his own game, says Alexander Lucie-Smith: The entire Old Testament is the history of a struggle between strict monotheists and syncretists, those who wished to follow the Gods of … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, and why ‘God’s wife’ Asherah is anything but a ‘buried secret’

Bible’s Buried Secrets: ‘Did God Have a Wife?’, review I’m not sure I’d call Asherah a secret as such: in 2005, for example, William G. Dever published a book — titled, as it happens, Did God Have a Wife? — … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Yahweh and his ‘wife’ Asherah: archaeo-porn for the masses

This is the best response to the BBC program that I’ve come across.  Anyone interested in this subject should read it: Yahweh and Asherah: More Archaeo-porn for the Masses by Mike Heiser Several people have sent me this link on whether … Continue reading

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Tom Sutcliffe on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, physical beauty and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

With tongue firmly in cheek, Tom Sutcliffe of The Independent remarks: It would be improper to mention Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s looks.  Clearly whoever commissioned a three-part series on Biblical scholarship for BBC2 was entirely indifferent to the fact that it … Continue reading

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Convicted cyber-bully Raphael Golb still making it up as he goes along

“The world will be rid of Norman Golb when he dies” (and other highlights from Raphael Golb’s appeal) How do you know when Raphael Golb is telling a lie? When he opens his mouth! More: The conviction of vile cyber-bully Raphael … Continue reading

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Did the BBC and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou “Bash the Bible”?

Yes, according to the Catholic Truth Society’s blog Compass: The best part of all came when our guide looked squarely into the camera and said, “These are religious, not historical writings.” That apparently, was her greatest discovery.  Programmes such as … Continue reading

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Tim Bulkeley answers Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s question, “Did God have a wife?”

Old Testament scholar Tim Bulkeley responds to ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ question, “Did God have a wife?” The Bible’s Buried Secrets: Did God have a wife? I claim Yahweh definitely had a wife; indeed the evidence comes mainly from little-read parts … Continue reading

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Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: old hat and nothing to do with religion

Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s King David was a straw man put together in order to be pulled down, says Christopher Howse: The Bible’s Buried Secrets: old hat and nothing to do with religion In a thousand years, the consensus among archaeologists will … Continue reading

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‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ with Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: will she find remnants of Goliath?

The BBC’s ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ with Francesca Stavrakopoulou: Will she find remnants of Goliath? The show clearly aims to disseminate recent findings about the Bible and religion in ancient Judea, most of which will be well-established and well-known to scholars in … Continue reading

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Blog comment on controversial ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

God’s Wife on the BBC?  A tale of shocking ignorance Was God married? Francesca Stavrakopoulou on “Popular” Religion « Daniel O. McClellan Review: Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah « Daniel O. McClellan Excitement in the Shephelah More: Profile of … Continue reading

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Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Profile of the BBC’s new face of religion Although she was brought up “in no particular religion” by an English mother and Greek father, she became fascinated by theology as a schoolgirl. “I was about 11 when I discovered Jesus … Continue reading

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Not exactly surprising: cyber-bully Raphael Golb blames everyone else for his conviction

Raphael Golb, son of Dead Sea Scrolls controversialist Norman Golb, is now blaming everyone else for his bizarre, nasty and illegal behaviour: Trying to dig oneself out of a hole: Raphael Golb posts his appeal online Acclaimed Scrolls scholar Robert Cargill … Continue reading

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King Solomon’s mines, did they really exist — in southern Jordan?

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) professor reveals evidence about King Solomon’s mines Thomas Levy, a UCSD professor of anthropology and Judaic studies, has pioneered three highly sophisticated digging excavations in an area called Khirbat en-Nahas, located in southern Jordan … Continue reading

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Richard Bartholomew on convicted cyber-bully Raphael Golb

Dead Sea Scrolls Cyber-Bully Gets Six Months

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Victim responds to cyber-bully Raphael Golb’s criminal sentence

Golb gets 6 months in jail, 5 years probation Dr. Cargill concludes: What Dr. Golb did – using anonymity as a weapon to attack good scholars via criminal impersonation, forgery, identity theft, and for aggravated harassment against others – is shameful.  It is … Continue reading

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Repugnant cyber-bully Raphael Golb sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation

Lawyer gets six months in Dead Sea Scrolls case NEW YORK — A lawyer has been sentenced to six months in jail for an ultramodern crime that was all about antiquity. Prosecutors said Raphael Golb used online aliases to harass … Continue reading

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Controversy over John the Baptist relics displayed in Sofia, Bulgaria

Controversy Provoking John The Baptist Relics Displayed in Sofia I have no idea whether these really are the relics of John the Baptizer or not, but I do think that automatically rejecting all relics as fakes is every bit as irrational … Continue reading

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The conspiracy theory of the Gospels, or: The problem with Elaine Pagels and Marvin Meyer

The Conspiracy Theory Of The Gospels by Charles E. Hill and: How Gnostic Jesus Became the Christ of Scholars by Philip Jenkins

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The conviction of vile cyber-bully Raphael Golb

This is an important case, linking internet harassment and impersonation with normally rather dry academic disputes.  For those who wish to catch up on the story, here’s an excellent summary by one of Raphael Golb’s victims: DR. GOLB FOUND GUILTY! … Continue reading

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Disgusting cyber-bully Raphael Golb convicted

Sock-Puppeting Cyber-Bully Convicted

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Is drinking beer biblical?

It is insofar as it appears that ancient Israelites drank beer as well as wine.  Religion News Service reports: ‘Ancient Israelites drank not only wine but also beer, according to a biblical scholar at Xavier University, a Roman Catholic school … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History’

‘Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History’ by William Ryan and Walter Pitman, Simon & Schuster, 1999 This is a book that I’ve had sitting on my bookshelf for a number of years but have … Continue reading

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First John the Baptist, then Odysseus, now it’s Eden!

Professor traces biblical Eden to Nigeria Calling Robert Cargill and Eric Cline – get to the nearest phone booth and put your debunking capes on!

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Leonard Woolley on the Bible and archaeology

‘We need not try to make history out of legend, but we ought to assume that beneath much that is artificial or incredible there lurks something of fact.’ ~ C. Leonard Woolley, archaeologist

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