Author: MikeHeiser

More Giant Skeleton Hoaxing

I received an email recently asking me whether the following story was real or not: Smithsonian Admits to Destruction of Thousands of Giant Human Skeletons in Early 1900’s This is actually an old hoax. It apparently originated via the World News Daily Report, a satirical, tabloid site. You can read the unraveling of the hoax here. And please pay special attention to this familiar picture of an alleged giant human femur:                                 The picture is from the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum. As the True Free Thinker article linked above notes, Joe Taylor, the museum’s curator, has explained the femur as follows: “I sculpted a femur 47-1/2 (120 cm) based on a report in a newsletter where it was reported on by the construction engineer who found it and other skeletons the same height. I was commissioned to sculpt the femur so a college professor could show his students how large it was…In every instance, I have told others that it is JUST A SCULPTURE. The real bone was not available … All museums have casts of specimens as well as real bones. Some have sculptures based on reports only, as this one.” The real bone was not available. Of course. Nothing to validate the claim. Nothing....

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Paul’s Use of Genesis 15:5 in Romans 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions: Part 6: Origen’s Commentary on Romans 4 and the Reception of the Qualitative Interpretation

This is the final installment of David Burnett’s guest series.   This reading of Genesis 15:5 may appear novel yet it has an ancient antecedent in one of the earliest commentaries on Romans. Origen believed that in Romans 4, Paul did in fact understand the Abrahamic promise of Genesis 15:5 to become as the stars qualitatively. In his Commentary on Romans 4.6.4, he states: “Thus Abraham ‘against hope believed in hope that he would become the father of many nations,’ (Rom 4:18) which in the future would be like the stars of heaven, not only in terms of the...

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Registration for MEMRA Module 2 for 2017 Now Open

I just posted the new module registration page for the second module of MEMRA’s 2017 language courses. In case you are not familiar with my MEMRA site, here is an explanation from the landing page: MEMRA courses provide academic content at a level similar to what would be experienced in a college or seminary course. Students are expected to put sufficient time into coursework. Dr. Heiser has created hundreds of videos to guide students in learning to read / translate each language. Students work through grammar, vocabulary, and exercises aided by these videos according to a 52-week schedule. Dr. Heiser answers student questions via posts inside the Classroom or by email. This second (and last) module for 2017 offers courses in: Beginning Biblical Hebrew Beginning Biblical Greek Beginning Biblical Aramaic Beginning Ugaritic Each course is $120 for the entire year. Students are not eliminated from the classroom site after the year is over. Textbooks are sold separately on Amazon. Textbook requirements can be found in the course descriptions. To register for a course, click here. Registration stays open until July 3. Courses begin on July...

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On Mathematical Codes for the Great Pyramid and other Megalithic Structures

I’ll be honest. I’m among those of you (and there are a lot of us) who’d think of themselves as “math-challenged.” That makes me vulnerable to being impressed by people who do amazing things with numbers and then attribute meaning to the results. I’ve known people who were skilled at that whom I thought to be of good character. David Flynn comes to mind. But David could never tell me (or anyone else) WHY the number things he did or found “worked” (for lack of a better term). Other people who do this sort of thing are reputable (I’ll...

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Naked Bible Podcast Episode 159: Noah’s Nakedness, the Sin of Ham, and the Curse of Canaan

The episode of Noah’s drunkenness in Genesis 9 has long befuddled interpreters. One of Noah’s sons, Ham, commits some heinous crime against his father. Oddly, though, Ham is not the one cursed by his father. Instead, Ham’s son Canaan bears the wrath of Noah. This episode explores the traditional solutions to the interpretive confusion and offers an alternative based on recent research in the Hebrew text. The episode is now...

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