A Couple Aerial Maps of Ashdod-Yam (from the Ashdod-Yam Excavations Website)

Images taken from here and combined in Photoshop.

I do wish at least a part of the plan and history of the Assyrian citadel will be unearthed this year! See my thoughts on Ashdod in the 8th-7th century BC here. I think the Ashdod-Yam mentioned in the records of the Ashdod campaign of the Tartan of Sargon II is Tel Mor (31°49’23″N, 34°39’23″E), which, according to this encyclopedia, was fortified with a casemate wall in the 8th century BC. The Ashdod-Yam excavations may falsify or verify my hypothesis in the coming months or years. I believe that from the mid-7th century BC to the 580s campaigns of Nebuchadnezzar II, Ashdod-Yam was a city-state simply called “Ashdod”, actual Ashdod being abandoned from at least the 620s BC.

Fun fact: Just South of (200-400 m from) the Assyrian citadel of Ashdod-Yam lies a late 13th century BC port called Ashdod-Southern Shore.


The Chronicle of Higher Education Acts Responsibly

This just in: The Chronicle of Higher Education has acted responsibly by apologizing for an error made in one of its articles which I pointed out in the comments section (Mesha’s stele is from the 9th century BC, not 8th). This is clearly a better response to constructively critical comments than the Azekah comments incident.

A Tragedy

Benjamin Reo Darrington, winner of the Mises Institute’s Douglas French Prize for the most learned, died over a year ago at age 26. I have only learned of this less than an hour ago. I feel sick and am almost about to cry. I never knew the man, but his only published work of note, Government Created Economies of Scale and Capital Specificity, published in pamphlet form here, has been the single most important work on political economy I have ever read. I first read it in mid-2009, over a year before his death. His only other articles I can find through Google are to be found here and here. Neither is worth reading. The Facebook page commemorating his death is here.

Hilarities In George Grena’s “Evolution Science”

I have more thoroughly skimmed G.M. Grena’s “Evolution Science”. Overall, my first impression of the book has not changed; I have found it to be utterly insipid, largely witless, and horrendously shallow. It is filled with real questions posing as rhetorical questions, demonstrating a horrific lack of intellectual curiosity, painfully demonstrates the author’s lack of credentials (which shouldn’t be a barrier to the author writing something worthwhile, as demonstrated by the existence of the very important LMLK research website, created by the author, who is, like me, no archaeologist). It reads not even as well as a typical G.M. Grena blogpost, does not read anything like a good book, and has the same writing style as a rant such as the one found on the Time Cube website. I have finally found the origin of the snake logo on the back cover. The candle on the back cover is to point out that the viewer of the photograph of the candle cannot know when the candle was lit.

Needless to say, hilarities are promised here, and they shall be presented:

The Great Pyramid of Giza is probably the only manmade structure that survived the Flood; however, a detailed discussion is beyond the scope of this book (cf. Isaiah 19:19-20 & Josephus in “Antiquities of the Jews” book 1, chap. 2, par. 3). Suffice it to say it was obviously not built by the same people for the same reason as all the other Egyptian pyramids.

Evolution Science, p. 265
-I don’t see why G.M. Grena thinks this is the case. There is no evidence the Great Pyramid was ever covered with seawater. The Great Pyramid is a clear descendent of Sneferu’s smooth-pyramid building attempts at Dahshur. Yahweh is not mentioned inside the Great Pyramid relieving chambers; Khufu and Khnum are. See also this post by Irna, French-speaking foe of pyramidiocy everywhere. G.M. Grena’s other comment on the Great Pyramid is here. Apparently, Grena rejects Khufu’s association with it [quadruple facepalm] and believes it to be the stone pillar mentioned as being seen in Josephus’s time in the land of Egypt (i.e., the Siriad) which Josephus considered to have been made by astronomers/astrologers before the flood.

Perhaps the most ridiculous two contiguous blocks of text from the book are these:

Also notice the following:

1) Bones decay to dust in a few centuries in very dry regions & in a few years in damp regions (Indonesia, China, & England). How could any of them last for hundreds of thousands, or millions, or tens of millions of years?

2) When an “evolutionary descendant” is found, it’s usually a single group of bones in a limited locale (like es-Skhul in the previous chapter). They sure must’ve been lonely! Where are the billions of transitional bones expected over millions of years spanning a wide region?

Evolution Science, p. 311

[Triple facepalm]. Doesn’t “1)” fully explain “2)”?*

I have, while typing this post, discovered one important disadvantage of the paperback: it seems impossible to keep a thick one open without the use of a hand, thus preventing easy typing while having the book open. I also note plenty of the links on the “Evolution Science” webpage are broken.

*Yes, kids, it does.

Why Theology Shouldn’t Be An Academic Discipline

-I love this video. It demonstrates two things: first, that the fact theology, like the study of comic books, provides no practical knowledge about the world means that it should not be seen in university courses, and, secondly, that as theology is to be found in some university courses, it is a pseudoscience; a hobby masquerading as a science.

Also, note: there is no “Mark 21:12”. Mark only has 16 chapters. Matthew 22:21 is correctly cited. Needless to say, faith is not a good thing. Marx nerds have killed more people than Bible nerds.