Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cargill's Hypocrisy - "Bible Secrets Revealed"

See http://ntweblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/bible-secrets-revealed-on-history.html

This is what Cargill wrote about various people including one very wise scholar, professor Norman Golb.  Cargill reveals his sensitivies:  Robert R. Cargill for the Center for Digital Humanities, UCLA, Jul. 2009, http://www.bibleinterp.com/opeds/copper.shtml :

"But it is not just wannabe archaeologists that prey on the Copper Scroll.  Some scholars holding to fringe theories about the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls regularly make the Copper Scroll a central pillar of their unlikely arguments.  The University of Chicago’s Norman Golb has made a name for himself in part by appealing to the Copper Scroll to argue in support of his version of Karl Rengstorf’s theory that none of the Dead Sea Scrolls were produced at Qumran.  Others, like author Robert Feather, have written several books touting the Copper Scroll’s connection to treasures from Egypt.  The fact that most scholars have wholly dismissed claims by the Barfields, Golbs, and Feathers of the world has not stopped the latter from publishing books and raking in money from a public more than willing to entertain speculation and sensationalist claims over scholarly consensus and sound academic research." 

And never mind about the money Cargill hopes to rake in for his little virtual reality project.

WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY CARGILL IS RAKING IN FOR HIS LATEST FILM, "BIBLE SECRETS REVEALED"!!! YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HIS HYPOCRISY!!!  CARGILL AND OTHER 'SCHOLARS' HOPE TO MAKE MONEY OUT OF THE PUBLIC WITH THEIR OWN SENSATIONALIST CLAIMS WHICH BEAR LITTLE RESEMBLANCE TO WHAT DID HAPPEN 2000 YEARS AGO.  BUT MAYBE CARGILL IS DONATING HIS GAINS TO PROSTATE CANCER AND OTHER MEN'S HEALTH ISSUES, AS HE LIKES TO BROADCAST HIS GOOD DEEDS.  HE POINTS THE FINGER AND USES HIS FAVOURITE WORD!  HYPOCRITE!!!

Who has this bully-boy recruited for this film to stand by him?  From what I have read, the film shows the naivety of those who took part in it.       

And most Scholars have NOT dismissed claims made by Professor Norman Golb about the Jerusalem origins of the Scrolls.  These claims may not be the views of the majority, but if a vote were taken, Cargill's claims to be "scholarly" and soundly academic" and in the "the concensus" would be far from reality.  

Cargill's Ignorance

Cargill wrote here  http://www.bibleinterp.com/opeds/copper.shtml: 

1."The Copper Scroll has perplexed scholars and fueled the minds of fringe theorists for decades. It is not that the scroll is “mysterious;” we know what it says and what it purports to be: a list of buried treasure. Rather, the Copper Scroll is so anomalous among the Dead Sea Scrolls that scholars have relegated it to a realm of triviality bordering on insignificance. This 30 cm tall document etched on thin sheets of copper, rolled up, and oxidized by centuries of exposure to the environs of the Dead Sea was discovered in Cave 3 near Qumran in the West Bank. But while it was discovered along with hundreds of other documents that have collectively come to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll remains the mother of all anomalies."


2."I join the scholars who conclude that the Copper Scroll describes articles from the second Jerusalem Temple (most likely legendary) supposedly hidden after its destruction in 70 CE, in keeping with later date of its composition.  The Copper Scroll was most likely placed in Cave 3 long after the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in their respective caves.  And while it was discovered during the excavations that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll should not be considered part of this collection because its author(s), script, style, language, genre, content, and medium are otherwise unattested among the Dead Sea Scrolls."

3." the Copper Scroll is little more than what scholars have claimed since the beginning: an anomaly discovered among the otherwise informative manuscripts comprising the Dead Sea Scrolls."

Cargill will live to regret that he ever wrote such words as above.  They will come back to haunt him.

The author of the book Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, Professor Norman Golb (who Cargill ridicules in his article) lays out his argument for the Copper Scroll beautifully in Chapter 5.  We will see that the Copper Scroll was not an anomaly as Cargill describes, but was instrumental in showing:

1. That the writers had treasure beyond measure which could not possibly be possessed by poor Essenes supposedly resident at Qumran.

2. That like the treasure described in this original document, the Scrolls could only have come from Jerusalem.        


Cargill tells us three times in his article that he believes the Copper Scroll is an anomaly and thus has nothing to do with the scrolls found at Qumran.  He is like the early Jerusalem based scrolls team members de Vaux and Dupont-Sommer.  On page 121 of his book, Golb wrote: "Dupont-Sommer also quotes de Vaux as having stated that the Copper Scroll was the 'whimsical product of a deranged mind'."  Golb states that the Jerusalem team had declared that the Copper Scroll was a work of fiction.  So the question is who had or has the 'deranged mind'?  Was it or is it de Vaux, Dupont-Sommer or Robert Cargill who were or are so full of themselves that they couldn't or can't see the purpose of the Copper Scroll? 

Where did the Scrolls (including the Copper Scroll) come from?

James had been executed in 62 CE by Ananus.

The priests had captured the fortresses of Masada, Machaerus, and Qumran from Agrippa I's forces, and had taken control of Jerusalem.  The temple with its wealth, and the temple scrolls were well defended by the prophets (the 4000 so-called Essenes).  Thus the priests could not get access to the temple, and they chose to bypass it.  Instead the priests went for Agrippa I, his palace, and the Royal archives where copies of the Scroll materials including the Copper Scroll were kept.  They burned Agrippa I's archive after first removing the Scrolls.  The Copper Scroll was written before it was removed from Agrippa I's archives.  Thus Cargill was wrong when he wrote that "the Copper Scroll was most likely placed in Cave 3 long after the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in their respective caves".  Agrippa I was caught by the priests and killed in an aqueduct.  In 66 CE, the Romans were expected, so the majority of the priests fled to the Judean desert where they esconced themselves in the fortresses.  They took ALL the Scrolls with them in a mad scramble.  The copper Scroll, from the time of Judas Maccabeus, just happened to be among the Scrolls.  

The Romans went to attack Jerusalem at night, and were let into the city by the prophets.  There was no siege of Jerusalem (they left no evidence of such).  Upon entering Jerusalem, the army took revenge on the remaining priests for killing James and Agrippa I.  Ananus was killed. Shortly after, the Romans captured the fortresses which the priests had previously occupied.    

The Romans under Nero did not touch the temple or its wealth, but left it for the prophets.  Nero took his army off to the games in Greece, leaving a guard behind.  The Romans had restored order, and there were four to five years of peace in Judea. Roman propaganda would have us believe they were five years of revolt, and that Vespasian fought a long war during this time, starting in Galilee.  There is no archaeological evidence of a Roman presence in Galilee or Samaria (such as the Roman camps as at Machaerus and Masada). 

A significant fact is that the temple wealth was left intact during the five years of peace.  After the five years, Titus, Vespasian's son mounted a raid on the temple.  Some of what he took is depicted on Titus's arch in Rome, the menorah for example.  The gold from the temple was melted down to fund the army and Vespasian's vast building programme.

So what was the copper Scroll about?  I believe it was from the time of Judas Maccabeus who purged the temple and restored the prophets.  The Copper Scroll was a record hurriedly made by priests to record where they buried temple treasure for the future.  The reason Golb described the Copper Scroll as an unknown script of the time was because it was obviously done by people who were not used to inscribing metal, and certainly not while in a hurry.  The text looks amateurish.  I thought so when I first saw it. 

So Robert Cargill, you are a mere schoolboy backed by schoolboys Goodacre and Ehrman.