Robert Cargill to lecture at UCLA on The Cities that Built the Bible

Cover of The Cities that Built the Bible by Robert R. Cargill, Ph.D.I’ll be lecturing at UCLA on Thursday evening, April 14, 2016 on my new book, THE CITIES THAT BUILT THE BIBLE (HarperOne).

The lecture is sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion, and co-sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and UCLA Dept. of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures.

Information on the lecture is here:

TITLE: “Cities that Built the Bible”
LECTURER: Robert R. Cargill, University of Iowa
DATE: Thursday, April 14, 2016
LOCATION: Royce Hall, RM 314, UCLA Campus
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: The Cities That Built the Bible is a magnificent tour through fourteen cities: the cities of Tyre, Sidon, and Byblos, Ugarit, Nineveh, Babylon, Megiddo, Athens, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Qumran, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Rome. Along the way, Cargill includes photos of artifacts, dig sites, ruins, and relics, taking readers on a far-reaching journey from the Grotto of the Nativity to the battlegrounds of Megiddo, from the towering Acropolis of Athens to the caves near Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

RSVP: Email:
UCLA Center for the Study of Religion
376B Humanities Building | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511
Phone: 310-206-8799

Robert R. Cargill to speak at UCLA on THE CITIES THAT BUILT THE BIBLE, April 14, 2016.


no, it wasn’t my moving van on the way to iowa

Marijuana plants. Image courtesy: zztopblue/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Marijuana plants. Image courtesy: zztopblue/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

…but, the LAPD did find something during a traffic stop, and methinks it was a tad bit over an ounce:

Over a ton of marijuana has been found during a mid-city Los Angeles traffic stop.

A Torrance police officer stopped the car on July 8 and a drug-sniffing dog alerted the officer that there were drugs in the vehicle.

A Torrance police report released Wednesday says a search discovered more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana.

The investigation led to eight arrests.

The department hasn’t disclosed the reason for the traffic stop some 15 miles from Torrance.

I haven’t left yet, so don’t point the finger at me.

you should attend ucla

in case you were wondering where kids can pee in the ben gurion airport

i arrived in israel without incident. i had a wonderful flight on us air.

i flew on us airways from lax to tel aviv via philadelphia. i love the new airbus 330. each seat (and there was no one next to me :) has an on demand touch screen for tv shows (i watched flight of the conchords), movies (i watched australia) music, games, etc. the meals were great too. us air really impressed me.

the ben gurion airport is nice. i had a quick time at the passport checkpoint. however, i had to chuckle when i stepped into a bathroom and saw the following sign on the wall. just in case you needed to know where children can pee in the airport:

Children Pee Here

In case you wanted to know where children can pee at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

the sign was above that one urinal that is lower to the ground than the others. it is written in multiple languages for the international traveler. hebrew and english appear on the top, and the pee stream appears to be written in braille. ;-)

anywho, all is well in israel, an now you know where your kids can pee when you get to ben gurion.

azusa pacific acquires dead sea scrolls fragments

A fragment of the biblical book of Nehemiah photographed in infra red with the unusual skills of Bruce and Ken Zuckerman and Marilyn Lundberg Melzian of West Semitic Research in Rolling Hills Estates, California for Lee Biondi of Los Angeles, CA

A fragment of the biblical book of Deuteronomy photographed in infra red with the 'unusual skills' of Bruce and Ken Zuckerman and Marilyn Lundberg Melzian of West Semitic Research in Rolling Hills Estates, California for Lee Biondi of Los Angeles, CA

azusa pacific university has acquired dead sea scroll fragments from biondi rare books of los angeles, california and legacy ministries international.

this announcement from the institute for judaism and christian origins shows one of the fragments that has been acquired by azusa pacific university. the research on the fragment is by james charlesworth of princeton theological seminary, and the hi-res infra red photographs are by bruce and ken zuckerman and marilyn lundberg melzian of the west semitic research project.


width: circa 38 millimeters, four lines of text, black ink on brown leather, holes, especially a tear from above line three through line four, no margins, no horizontal or vertical lining visible; no writing on back. Though the SP has more sense divisions than the so-called MT, there is no division indicated before the beginning of verse six (end of line four).


The fragment is too small to be cut for AMS C-14 analysis. While there are few consonants, one can judge the work to be mostly in a late Hasmonean Book Hand.


Deuteronomy 27:4b-6

(4) “[And when you have cross]ed the Jo[r]dan, you shall set u[p these stones, about which I charge you] today, on Mount Gerizim, and coat [them with plaster. (5) And there, you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of st]ones. [You must] not wield upon them an iron (tool). (6) [Of unhewn] st[ones you must build the altar of the LORD] your [God], and you shall offer upon it burnt offerings to the LOR[D your God.]”

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