Posted on December 4, 2013 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
Don’t miss episode 4 of the six-part series “Bible Secrets Revealed” on History.
The fourth installment, entitled “The Real Jesus“, debuts Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 10/9c .
The episode explores:
“For billions of people around the world he is known as “The Son of God” — the Messiah — whose teachings have inspired one of the most powerful and influential religions in the world. Nearly everything we know about the life of Jesus comes from the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But just how accurate are these sacred texts?”
And if you missed the first three episodes, you can watch them for free online at History‘s “Bible Secrets Revealed” website.
Tweet your feedback with the hashtag #BibleSecretsRevealed.
(This has become a lot of fun, as many of the show’s participants are live tweeting the episodes. Don’t miss out on your chance to ask questions and make comments with the over 1.3 million people who watch the show each Wednesday night.)
And send your questions to Bible History Daily, where I’ll be answering some of them and providing more in depth explanations of the material covered in the show.
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Posted on November 27, 2013 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
Don’t miss episode 3 of the six-part series “Bible Secrets Revealed” on History.
The third installment, entitled “The Forbidden Scriptures“, debuts Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 10/9c .
The episode explores:
“The books, gospels and epistles found in the Holy Bible are writings considered to be divinely inspired. But are there chapters of the Bible that are missing? Have stories been censored and characters deleted? And if so, just who decides what is included–and what is forbidden?
And if you missed the first two episodes, you can watch them for free online at History‘s “Bible Secrets Revealed” website.
Tweet your feedback with the hashtag #BibleSecretsRevealed.
And send your questions to Bible History Daily, where I’ll be answering some of them and providing more in depth explanations.
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Posted on November 14, 2013 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
In case you missed it, you can watch the FULL EPISODE of History‘s Bible Secrets Revealed “Lost In Translation” online for free.
And don’t miss next week’s episode, “The Promised Land“, airing Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 10/9c.
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Posted on November 12, 2013 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
History has unveiled an official website for their newest documentary series, “Bible Secrets Revealed.”
The description of the series is as follows:
It’s the world’s all-time best-selling book and has been read and studied by billions over the past 2,000 years. Yet, after all this time, there are still so many mysteries and unanswered questions about the Bible: Who wrote it? How old is it? And is it accurate? From the moral codes of the Old Testament to the apocalyptic predictions of the Book of Revelation, HISTORY’s new series, Bible Secrets Revealed, seeks to answer those very questions. Over the course of six episodes, scholars, archaeologists and religious leaders will treat viewers to stunning, on-location photography and compelling reenactments while revealing hidden facts and shocking information about this ancient text.
Dont miss the series premier Wed., Nov. 13 at 10/9c.
Live tweet your comments at #BibleSecretsRevealed.
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Posted on August 29, 2013 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
is pleased to announce that during the upcoming academic year, Tel Aviv University
will be offering two on-line history courses. The courses are available within the content management framework of “Coursera”, an education company that offers courses online for anyone to take, for free!
I am thrilled that one of these courses is being offered by my Tel Azekah excavation partners, Dr. Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch – two of the smartest (and if I may, kindest and funniest) scholars you’ll ever meet.
They are teaching a course online called “The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem”. The course description is as follows:
The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem (click to access the course)
Professor Oded Lipschits, Ph.D. and Ido Koch
Starting date: Oct 1, 2013 (6 weeks long)
About the Course
The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.
This is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the history of Israel and the Middle East. And this is YOUR CHANCE to take an online course with one of the best archaeologists and historians in the world. DO NOT miss this opportunity to be able to say, “I took a course from Prof. Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch of Tel Aviv University”.
SIGN UP TODAY!
Preview the course here:
About Tel Aviv University: Tel Aviv University (TAU) – Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning – is home to over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts. During the upcoming academic year, TAU will be offering two on-line history courses within the framework of Coursera – an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
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Posted on September 18, 2012 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
There’s really not much to say. This election is over.
Here are two videos. The first is Republican Candidate Mitt Romney attempting to “delve into” the Israel-Palestine situation. He can’t even articulate the right-wing Israeli argument properly. But he is attempting to regurgitate what he’s been fed.
The second is my response.
It’s over Mr. Romney. Stop talking.
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Posted on August 2, 2012 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
Today (August 2, 2012) at Tel Azekah, Chaim Tzemach unearthed a jar handle with a LMLK seal impression on it. Area S-2 Supervisor Omer Sergi (a Ph.D candidate in archaeology at Tel Aviv University waiting for his beloved advisor, Dr. Oded Lipschits, to finish reading and sign his dissertation ;-) identified the object and immediately broke into a quick lecture on LMLK seals for the student volunteers who had never heard of them.
What is most impressive is that it is a completely impromptu, yet highly informative lecture about LMLK seals given from the balk of a Tel Azekah Area S-2 square to students who had just pulled one out of the earth!
What follows is video I took of that lecture from the balk, which is the best 3-minute summation I’ve ever heard of LMLK seal impressions. In fact, I’ll incorporate this video into my “Jerusalem from the Bronze to the Digital Age” course at the University of Iowa.
Watch and learn.
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Posted on July 27, 2012 by bobcargill (@xkv8r)
The destroyed remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem
We are presently preparing for the Tisha b’Av (9th of Ab) remembrance here in Israel this weekend. The Azekah students have gone to the Dead Sea for a tour and I am alone here at Nes Harim, watching the Shabbat sun set over Bet Shemesh. All is quiet as it should be for a solemn remembrance of this sort.
The religious mourn the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem, along with other tragedies that are said to have taken place on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. (The defeat of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion and the subsequent leveling of Jerusalem are also attributed to the 9th of Av.) However, even the non-religious here remember with much solemnity the destruction of Jerusalem and its temples. They were tragic, defining moments for Jews in 586 BCE and 70 CE.
And as the state of Israel winds down for this Sabbath, commemoration, and associated period of fasting, I will read and write and reflect on both tragedy and hope for tomorrow.
Because it is good to remember. And it is good to lament for a time. For those who fail to remember the past tend to repeat it.
For more on the 9th of Ab, see here and here.
At the Western Wall in Jerusalem
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