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Your antidote to cyber-twaddle and misguided research about the ancient world. Lots of people do research on the mysteries of antiquity. Some insights are valuable; others are insanely stupid. PaleoBabble exists because insisting that conclusions be drawn from data is a coherent idea, because conjecture isn't evidence, and because appealing to conspiracy to validate ideas is intellectually lazy. Paleobabble RSS

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Housekeeping Note: I Don’t Have Access to the Comments

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in _NakedBible, _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions, Announcement | 0 comments

We're working on the problem. We had to move the comments off site to a different location as part of the site re-do. Hopefully we'll have a solution soon so I can see and reply to comments.

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Bible Misconceptions Parts 1 and 2: Truth Sentinel Interview with Mike Heiser

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in _Paleobabble, Fringe Bible Interpretation, Fringe History & Archaeology | 0 comments

Here's part 1 - the interview ranged far and wide as I recall. Here's Part 2 (added April 27, 2016):

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Debunking the Anunnaki and Nibiru Mythologies on The Leak Project

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions, Ancient Astronauts, Bible UFOs, ExoTheology, Fringe Bible Interpretation, Fringe History & Archaeology, PanBabylonianism, Sitchin, UFOs & religious beliefs, UFOs in medieval art | 0 comments

I was recently interviewed on the Leak Project, which is a Coast to Coast AM-like podcast. It was fun. We talked about a lot of subjects related to paleobabble and ancient astronaut myths. Enjoy!

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Easter Island Statue Technology: No Aliens Needed

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in _Paleobabble, _UFOreligions, Ancient Astronauts, Ancient Sites & Archaeology, Archaeology, pop journalism, Fringe History & Archaeology, Megaliths | 0 comments

Here's an interesting recent piece on the ongoing research at Easter Island. Turns out (and this really isn't that new) that there's a lot more to the "heads" of Easter Island. The figurines have long torsos and petroglyphs. EasterIsland
They also provide evidence on how they were erected. Hint: no aliens needed.  

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Book Giveaway: The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in _NakedBible, _Paleobabble, Announcement | 0 comments

I'm giving away three copies of this book: Angela Kim Harkins and Kelley Coblentz Bautch (eds.), The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Tradition. Click here to enter the random giveaway. It lasts until April 22 (or so Amazon says).

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New Book on the Text-Critical Authenticity (or Not) of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11)

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in _NakedBible, _Paleobabble, Ancient Texts & Manuscripts, New Testament | 0 comments

The Evangelical Textual Criticism blog just posted news of a new book on this well-known and textually controversial passage (the woman taken in adultery): David Alan Black and Jacob Cerone (eds.), The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research. The publisher's description notes that the book seeks to "re-examine the Pericope Adulterae (John 7.53-8.11) asking afresh the question of the paragraph’s authenticity. Each contributor not only presents the reader with arguments for or against the pericope’s authenticity but also with viable theories on how and why the earliest extant manuscripts omit the passage." Those interested in New Testament textual criticism will find it useful. It's expensive, but JSNTS volumes often appear in paperback later for much less.

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Elongated Skulls (aka, Artificial Cranial Modification): It Has Nothing to do with Nephilim

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in _Paleobabble, Ancient Astronauts, Ancient Sites & Archaeology, Fringe History & Archaeology | 2 comments

I've blogged about this before, asking questions like "show me the Bible verse that associates elongated skulls with the nephilim," and pointing out that the phenomena is well-known in the medical and anthropological fields. (I even posted pictures of models of various skull deformations -- all of which you can find on the Internet as examples of nephilim or alien hybrids). To be blunt, using models obtained from medical supply companies at prophecy or new age or general weirdness conferences and telling folks they are about nephilim is just dishonest. Anyway, I'm having this spasm tonight because I recently came across an interesting article about cranial modification: Duncan Hofling Why the Head? Cranial Modification as Protection and Ensoulment Among the Maya The article is from the scholarly journal Ancient Mesoamerica 22:1 (Spring 2011). It's very interesting and worth a read. I often get the question, "Why would people do this to their kids?"  This article is helpful, at least for the Mayan examples. For those new to actual research on skull elongation, and who perhaps would like to be weaned from internet nonsense about the subject, here's another article (relevant to Peruvian specimens).  It's from the medical journal Child's Nervous System, vol 21 (2005): Schijman Artificial cranial deformation in newborns in the pre-Columbian Andes Again, these skulls have nothing to do with the nephilim.

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Naked Bible Podcast Episode 93 – The Book of Enoch in the Early Church

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in _NakedBible, _Paleobabble, Ancient Texts & Manuscripts, Bibliology, Enoch, Books of, Naked Bible episodes, Podcasts, Qumran & Dead Sea Scrolls | 9 comments

The episode is now live. The book we know as 1 Enoch was well known to early Christians. This isn’t surprising given three transparent facts: (1) 1 Enoch is a substantially pre-Christian literary work that enjoyed readership among Jews in the Second Temple Period; (2) Christianity was born out of Second Temple Judaism; and (3) New Testament writers either presuppose or utilize its content in portions of their own writing. This heritage contributed to an understandable question among some influential early Christian writers and, one may presume, Christians in general: Should 1 Enoch be considered inspired and thus “Scripture” in the manner of other books in the Old Testament? Ultimately, Christianity at large answered this question negatively, save for the Church in Ethiopia. But the discussion is nonetheless of interest today. This episode offers a brief survey of how select Second Temple Jews and early Christian books and writers assessed the scriptural status of 1 Enoch.

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The Historicity of Jesus and the Resurrection

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in _NakedBible, _Paleobabble, Jesus, New Testament | 10 comments

I thought I'd get a leg up on Easter this year. In preparation for the obligatory "miracles are impossible" and "historians have disproved Jesus existed" emails (especially those that appeal to Bayes Theorem approaches), I thought I'd post some links. I'm hoping that Simcha Jacobovici doesn't "discover" something else (just in time for Easter) that will have us all explaining what a non sequitur is again. I have two fantasy drafts on Saturday, so I'm busy.

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