Posted on December 29, 2009 by Robert Cargill
here are the final few minutes of my december 2009 association for jewish studies lecture on ‘the state of the archaeological debate at qumran.’ i was summarizing why qumran matters for the study of the dead sea scrolls.
thanx to dave kaplan for capturing this clip.
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Posted on December 28, 2009 by Robert Cargill
i’d like to make a small request of islamic terrorists who keep trying to bomb americans. it’s written in arabic so you can read it. it’s just a thought:
dear islamic terrorists, you’re doing nothing to help your cause. by now, most americans know that islam is not evil, rather, people who kill innocent people in the name of islam are evil, just like those who kill innocents in the name of judaism or christianity (or name your religion) are evil. you’re only hurting your cause and giving the world a reason to hate you, which gives governments a reason to come after you.
so, if you wouldn’t mind, stop trying to blow stuff up. thanx.
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Posted on December 27, 2009 by Robert Cargill
there are no bowl games scheduled for jan 3, 2010. so what are nerds, biblical scholars, history junkies, and intellectuals supposed to watch on a sunday night? how about a short series about the history of human sacrifice on discovery channel called blood for the gods. the first two episodes are ‘sex & death‘ and ‘blood & power.’ the episodes debut back-to-back on sunday, january 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
the teaser for ‘sex & death‘ says:
To some ancient people, sex and death go hand in hand in fertility sacrifices meant to promote life…through gruesome rituals of death. But are the legends of fertility sacrifices true? Did Aztecs really cut out the hearts of thousands of victims?
the teaser for ‘blood & power‘ says:
Human Sacrifice in some cases is all about power – power over life and death, power in this world, and power in the next world. We’ll learn the price of power in grisly practices ranging from Egyptian pharaohs to Chinese rituals.
tune in. a couple of the experts interviewed are ancient near eastern scholars you may know.
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Posted on December 25, 2009 by Robert Cargill
he’s on israeli television being interviewed about christmas. but his plane arrived late, and he didn’t have time to take care of things backstage before coming onto the set.
when you have to go…..
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Posted on December 24, 2009 by Robert Cargill
one reason why i loved the west wing (and still do).
could you imagine if a president from either party really, i mean really knew the bible – not just its verses, but also their context and their implications for governance if the hermeneutic used for some verses like prohibitions against homosexuality were consistently applied a throughout the text? can you imagine if the thoughtfulness that went into making this tv show actually went in to decisions made by our leaders?
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Posted on December 22, 2009 by Robert Cargill
Roslyn Bennett and Dr. Robert Cargill announce their engagement.
Roslyn Richelle Bennett and Dr. Robert R. Cargill (both of Agoura Hills, CA) proudly announce their engagement. Bennett is the daughter of Ruth Anne Bennett of Farwell, TX and Rick Bennett of Lubbock, TX. Bennett graduated from Farwell HS (1996) and Lubbock Christian University (BA, 2001). She is the Youth Minister for the University Church of Christ in Malibu, CA. Cargill is the son of Leonard and Sharon Cargill of Madera, CA. Cargill attended Madera HS and graduated from Bullard HS (1991), Fresno City College (AA, 1993), CSU Fresno (BS, 1996), Pepperdine (MS, MDiv, 2000), UCLA (MA, 2007; PhD, 2008). Cargill is an archaeologist and instructional technologist at UCLA. The couple will be married in March 2010 overlooking the ocean in Ventura, CA.
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Posted on December 21, 2009 by Robert Cargill
the 2009 year in pictures is available over at msnbc. it is a recap of this past year’s news events.
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Posted on December 18, 2009 by Robert Cargill
The caves to the west of Qumran.
andrew lawler has written a new article for smithsonian magazine entitled, ‘who wrote the dead sea scrolls?’ it is a survey of the modern state of the qumran archaeological debate. it is fair, and represents everyone evenly, yet demonstrates how many different ways the site of qumran can be interpreted.
i’ve got a brief mention and quote towards the end, taking my usual place as one trying to make peace between the two sides. i am quoted as saying that qumran was a settlement, ‘that wanted to be self-reliant—the question is just how jewish and just how devout they were.’ the answer, of course, is that they were definitely jewish, and that their devotion was at least great enough to build a few miqva’ot (jewish ritual baths) at the site (and who knows, maybe copy a scroll or two…)
it’s a solid article, and i recommend it to everyone. kudos to andrew.
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