Daily Archives: March 16, 2009

2 posts

Pushing the Jon Stewart button

This past weekend I posted a criticism of how Jon Stewart criticises (and handles criticism). The result surprised me a bit. I do not mind people disagreeing with me, quite the opposite! I enjoy the engagement, but I was surprised at how strongly folks are defending Stewart. My friend Rick put it nicely. I admit to some curiosity as to why some defend Stewart so passionately. Which is fine of course and people have done […]

Essenes – Josephus made the whole thing up

UPDATE: Now Time magazine is covering this non-story. Time has succombed to sensationalism as much as any rag. I love this line: Now a prominent Israeli scholar, Rachel Elior, disputes that the Essenes ever existed at all — a claim that has shaken the bedrock of biblical scholarship. “Shaken the bedrock of biblical scholarship”? I don’t think so. My comments below still stand. With the whole Golb affair raging (and see the silliness in the […]