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October 31, 2008

Biblical Studies Carnival XXXV

Come one come all to Biblical Studies Carnival XXXV. The ticket booths are in storage on the back lot because this carnival is free for the reading. As usual, there's something for everyone. This has been a particularly productive month...

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Friday Loanword: uḫḫuru

I don't think this is a loanword into any language. But it is Akkadian for to be late or delayed. Your next Akkadian loanword fix won't come until next Friday. Go to a carnival tomorrow. You'll feel almost as good....

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October 30, 2008

And Now This!

And now this from the Israel Antiquities Authority: An image of a warrior shooting an arrow is depicted on the seal, which belonged to a Hebrew person by the name of Hagab. The owner of the seal probably held a...

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October 29, 2008

Now, Whose Fault is This?

Yesterday I pleaded for a short moratorium on discoveries from the Near East, discoveries that might tempt bibliobloggers to blog in great numbers. And what happens? There is a discovery of a First-Temple era tunnel in Jerusalem. A water tunnel...

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October 28, 2008

On The Supposed Discover of King Solomon's Mines

When it comes to announcements of such discoveries, I defer to the Wisdom of Mark Twain, If a spectacle is going to be particularly imposing I prefer to see it through somebody else's eyes, because that man will always exaggerate....

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For the Next Four Days, Please Don't Find Anything

Sometime on Saturday, November 1, I will post Biblical Studies Carnival XXXV here at Abnormal Interests. Up until about 10:00 PM PDT I will welcome suggestions for posts that I should include in the carnival. The sooner the better. If...

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October 27, 2008

The Question of Media Bias

For those who may not have guessed it, let me start with my own bias. I am a liberal with a few abnormal twists and turns. While details have changed over time, my basic political commitments have been quite stable...

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October 25, 2008

On The Selective Use Of Linguistic Data

The other day I accused Anson Rainey of selectively using linguistic data to make a point about the origins of the Hebrew language and the people who spoke it. In an earlier post I listed most, if not all, of...

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October 24, 2008

Friday Loanword: pūru

On the one hand, Akkadian pūru means "portion," "parcel," "plot." In this usage, it often refers to property, even real estate. On the other hand, it can mean "lot" or "lottery" as a means allocating property/inheritance or turn in office....

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October 23, 2008

One More Time: Anson Rainey and Hebrew Origins

Anson Rainey has published a rehash of his theory about both the origin of the Hebrew language and the people who spoke that language. This time, like one of his earlier efforts, he writes in Biblical Archaeology Review (34:06, Nov/Dec...

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October 22, 2008

A Carnival Is Coming

The Biblical Studies Carnival will arrive at Abnormal Interests in 10 days. Please suggest posts that you would like to see in Biblical Studies Carnival XXXV. There are three ways to do this. Submit your candidate posts via the Blog...

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October 21, 2008

The Unmentionable and the Unnamed

Or is it the other way around? I just received a flier from The Institute for Antiquity and Christianity announcing two upcoming events. You can download the flier if you like. The first is "What if Anything, Does Critical Biblical...

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October 19, 2008

Adams to Jefferson on the Ten Commandments

The following is a lengthy excerpt from a letter John Adams wrote Thomas Jefferson on November 15, 1813. I post the excerpt without further comment. Enjoy! [ . . . ] Among all your researches in Hebrew history and controversy,...

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October 18, 2008

What Was Wall 4026 at Gezer and Why Did They Build It? Part III

In the first post in this series, I introduced Wall 4026. In my second post, I discussed its relationship to the other elements of the Middle Bronze fortification system at Gezer. In this last planned post (for now) on the...

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October 17, 2008

Friday Loanword: ṣumbu

Depending on context, Akkadian ṣumbu/ṣubbu can mean "wheel" or it can mean "wagon" or "dray," a heavy wagon used to haul stuff. It may be that Akkadian borrowed the word from Elamite. Mankowski, 131, provides a discussion of the possible...

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October 16, 2008

Having A Coke At Sounion

Among the slides I've been scanning, I found this one. That's our son in August, 1971. I took this picture less than a week before his second birthday. After visiting the temple of Poseidon, we all had a coke before...

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October 15, 2008

I Vote "Mostly"

There is one California ballot proposition on which I would like to vote "Mostly" rather than the more mundane but required "Yes" or "No." Like many states, here in California we have initiatives on which we must vote. The State...

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October 13, 2008

Just Try To Parody This

From an invocation given prior to at a McCain rally in Davenport, Iowa, “There are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his [McCain’s] opponent wins, for a variety...

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October 12, 2008

What Was Wall 4026 at Gezer and Why Did They Build It? Part II

[Warning! This is the work of an amateur. In that respect, it is no different than most of what I post here. But there are degrees of being an amateur. The interpretations offered in this post and this series are...

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October 10, 2008

Friday Loanword: šigāru

Akkadian šigāru/sigāru can stand for some part of a lock but it also means neckstock. For example, referring to Lugalzagesi, king of Uruk, a Sargonic text says, ina si-gar-rìm ana bāb Enlil ūruš, "and led him in neck stocks to...

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October 9, 2008

A Fruitful Inconvenience

I found this on Aydin Örstan's Snail's Tales: The research worker is sometimes a difficult person because he has no great confidence in his opinions, yet he also is sceptical of others’ views. This characteristic can be inconvenient in everyday...

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October 8, 2008

A Question of Morality

When I was much younger, I actively participated as a volunteer in several political campaigns even presidential campaigns. On a couple of occasions, I considered running for public office. I never did. Here in the United States we are now...

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October 7, 2008

ICC Volumes Free Online

Charles Halton at Awilum just posted a link to free downloadable PDF files of many of the old International Critical Commentary volumes, those whose copyright has expired. Other formats are also available. I rather like the "flip book" format. One...

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October 5, 2008

The Theology of Cats

Last night we went to another concert at Pomona College. I wouldn't try to review it here other than to say that it maintained the high quality that we have come to expect of these events. The whole evening was...

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October 4, 2008

What Was Wall 4026 at Gezer and Why Did They Build It?

This is part one of a two or three part series. Off and on for the last couple of weeks I've been playing armchair archaeologist. What is the subject of my play? Well, here's a picture that might help. This...

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October 3, 2008

Friday Loanword: šaknu

Depending on context and to a certain extent dialect, Akkadian šaknu means "governor," "commander," "military governor," or "manager" of a large household or palace. The Biblical Hebrew סֶגֶן, which occurs only in the plural (סְגָנִים ,סְגָנֶיהָ), is used of Assyrian...

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October 1, 2008

John Hobbins Interviews Alan Lenzi

John Hobbins of Ancient Hebrew Poetry interviews Alan Lenzi of Bible and the Ancient Near East. Alan is the latest Blogger of the Month at Biblioblogs. I'll tease you with the final exchange. JH: Alan, thanks for responding to my...

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Biblical Studies Carnival XXXIV Is Up

Biblical Studies Carnival XXXIV is up at MetaCatholic. Doug Chaplin has done a great job of pulling the most abnormally interesting posts related to the academic study of the Bible from last month. While he did cheat by taking advantage...

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