ucla history of jerusalem class available free on itunes u

Dr. Robert R. Cargill, UCLA lectures in his class, Jerusalem, the Holy City.

Dr. Robert R. Cargill, UCLA, lectures in his class, "Jerusalem, the Holy City."

my history of jerusalem class at ucla is entering its third week. so far, six itunes u lectures have been made available to the public for viewing. if you’re up for a free class on the history of jerusalem, download the free itunes u lectures and enjoy!!

jerusalem, the holy city course begins today

my jerusalem, the holy city course begins today at ucla. check out the course’s blog for details.

You can follow the course on Twitter, Facebook, and you can watch podcasts of Dr. Cargill’s lectures on iTunes U. Registered students may access the course website here.

This blog is provided as a public service to any and all interested in the history of Jerusalem, and will be updated regularly to summarize each class meeting’s lectures. You may post comments on this blog’s postings, but please not that the comments are moderated, and that Dr. Cargill may respond to some comments here in course lectures.

shakira used a disguise and a middle name to attend ucla class

UCLA student Shakira

UCLA student Shakira

as many of you know, los angeles is a truly international city. and specifically, west los angeles is one of the coolest places on earth. so it should come as no surprise that international pop singing sensation shakira would choose to attend ucla for her educational needs in between making millions from recording songs and touring. the surprising part of the story is that she attended classes unnoticed.

and how did she do it? how did a star go unnoticed at ucla?

“I used to wear a cap and a big backpack,” Shakira explained. “I looked like a boy. I didn’t get recognized… She told them that her name was Isabel, which is actually one of her middle names.”

now of course, students at ucla are so attractive as well as smart, that it is not inconceivable that internationally recognized superstars can mingle around ucla’s country club-like campus without being bothered by the students, who are quite accustomed to bumping to the world’s biggest stars on campus, in westwood, santa monica, beverly hills, west hollywood, and the other neighborhoods surrounding ucla. but unlike some professors, who recognize and appreciate their celebrity students while maintaining strict confidentiality and treating them as all other students, ucla professor robert cleve didn’t even know who shakira was. according to professor cleve, whose ‘introduction to western civilization: ancient civilizations from prehistory to circa ad 843’ class shakira took, cleve ‘had no idea “isabel” was actually a pop star.’

“She told me she was visiting from Colombia and that she was just doing this for her own enlightenment and enjoyment,” Cleve told the Associated Press in 2007. “She looked like just an ordinary student. She wasn’t flamboyant…she didn’t act like a big celebrity or anything.”

and that’s the way it goes here at ucla. celebrities and the world’s best and brightest students sit side by side, taking courses in the warm sun, enjoying the ocean breeze, and learning history the way god intended.

(that is, when we’re not stuck on the 405 because there is no viable public transportation, paying outrageous prices to park and live, working for 8% less then we were last year, and getting stabbed in lab classrooms. other than those things, it is perfect. ;-)

‘the fortress at qumran: a history of interpretation’ now available at bible and interpretation

The Reconstructed Tower at Qumran, facing southeast

The Reconstructed Tower at Qumran, facing southeast

i recently had an article published in the may 2009 edition of bible and interpretation entitled, “the fortress at qumran: a history of interpretation.” in the article, i describe the history of interpretation of qumran as a fort, both before and after the discovery of the dead sea scrolls.

here is the abstract:

Recent research into the archaeology of Khirbet Qumran, the site associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, has generated new debate about the origin of the settlement. Many scholars now question the conclusions of the site’s excavator, Roland de Vaux, who argued that the settlement was initially established as a sectarian settlement. Renewed examination of Qumran points to the origin of the settlement as a fortress dating to the Hasmonean period. This article examines the history of the interpretation of Qumran as a fortress, the sudden rejection of this interpretation with the discovery of the scrolls, and the slow and contentious return to this original interpretation. The article demonstrates that it is not necessary to reject the idea that the settlement at Qumran was a fortress in order to argue that later sectarians present at the site were responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

to read the entire article on the bible and interpretation website, click here.

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