Due to my increasingly tightening schedule, I am now only able to blog on the weekends, Fridays, and Wednesdays. I still have plans to make my very much delayed videos on Wyatt and his Ark of the Covenant, LMLK impressions, and Sennacherib’s campaign over the coming months. I may also be late in responding to comments, though not in approving them. For an example of what all debates in my comments sections in the recent future may look like, see the ongoing Grena-pithom thread on the nature of religion, church-state separation, and a little bit on evolution, the good of America, and morality.
I first remember seeing “Dr. David Tee” in the ABR threads back in 2009-early 2010 (I commented as “E. Harding” then; this was the pre-Against Jebel al-Lawz era). I had some strange views back then, as he does now. As he had stepped a little outside the domain where his poor grammar and refusal to state the source of his doctorates would go uncriticized by bloggers when he started commenting on the blog of Jim West (the mystery of whose internally inconsistent views I am only beginning to unravel), who considers Tee to eat only from the “tree of idiocy” and the author of Scotteriology. Needless to say, the author of Scotteriology did an excellent piece on the absurdity of the fact he taught anyone anything, much less the English language, in the link above.
Since any comments I will make on the viral (and non-copyrighted) video “This Land is Mine” by cartoonist Nina Paley will most assuredly be buried in the comments section, I have decided it would be appropriate to post my remarks on it here.
Firstly, while there was direct confrontation between the Egyptian and Assyrian Empires (in 701 BC), the Egyptian Empire had practically no control over Canaan throughout almost all of the 11th and 9th-8th centuries BC-this was mostly a period of either local control (unmentioned in the video) or vassalage to the Kingdom of Damascus (under Hazael and Ben-Hadad), which is curiously also not mentioned in the video. Secondly, Josiah did not free himself from Assyrian vassalage-Assyria transferred the territory between Lebo-Hamath and the Brook of Egypt to Psamtik I of Egypt in 623 BC, in the same year that Sin Shar-Ishkun captured Uruk from the Babylonians and the ‘Book of the Law’ was found in Jerusalem. Thirdly, while it is safe to say that the transition between Babylonian and Persian rule in Palestine was relatively peaceful, it is not fair to show the Babylonians-Persians atop of the heap of bodies for such a short period of time as the video did. Fourthly, could not the Star of David of Josiah have been scrapped in favor of the rosette? I also like the parallel, whether intentional or unintentional, between the heap of bodies and the stereotypical Palestinian tell, as the heap of bodies ceases to exist in the video after the Roman conquest, as it is in the Helleno-Roman period the tells of Palestine (e.g. Hazor, Megiddo, Shechem) tend to be abandoned in favor of cities in the valley.
The article’s existence has only been acknowledged here on the web. It is about the Wyatt Archaeological Research excavations at Zedekiah’s Cave in 2003 and also recounts the Israeli side of the story of the Wyatt excavations during Wyatt’s lifetime. Perhaps the most notable account in that article is Dan Bahat’s, where he recounts how he reassured the warden of the Garden Tomb to continue allowing Wyatt to excavate as long as Wyatt would not misrepresent the finds from his excavation area. Needless to say, Wyatt did misrepresent the finds of his excavation. The article also points out Wyatt’s lack of an excavation license, already noted by the Standishes.