Translation of Simcha Jacobovici’s Recent Comments

Simcha Jacobovici recently made some comments in response to Prof. Émile Puech, who accused Mr. Jacobovici of abusing him by “putting my name as a proof for their arguments” during a recent interview.

Mr. Jacobovici then went on to make additional comments in response to criticism from and Dr. Mark Goodacre and me regarding continued claims related to his so-called “Jonah Ossuary”.

However it occurred to me that many of my colleagues, especially my Hebrew speaking colleagues at Tel Aviv University, may not be fluent English speakers, and therefore may not be able to understand Mr. Jacobovici’s comments properly.

Therefore, a friend of my 4-month old daughter, Rory Kate, has volunteered to translate Mr. Jacobovici’s response into your native tongue, which has been captured on video below:

My 2-year old son, Mac, wanted to do it, but he just started a new book.

Mac Reads "The Case Against Q" by Dr. Mark Goodacre

Mac Reads “The Case Against Q” by Dr. Mark Goodacre

I hope my Israeli colleagues appreciate this rather accurate summary of Mr. Jacobovici’s comments.

Perhaps my Hebrew-speaking colleagues can also assist Mr. Jacobovici with the translation of my only tattoo, about which Mr. Jacobovici recently emailed me to complain, “Your tattoo of the Tetragrammaton is insulting to religious Jews”.

Robert Cargill's tattoo reads אהבה, or

Robert Cargill’s tattoo reads אהבה, or “love”.

Investigative journalism and fact checking at its finest!

Apparently, I’m now “The Enforcer”

Go figure.

Steve Caruso has shared with us the following post, which plays on Mr. Simcha Jacobovici’s recent response to Émile Puech’s comments about him.

In Mr. Jacobovici’s response, her refers to me as “The Enforcer”, causing Steve to create the following:

So thanx to Steve for the pic, and thanx to Simcha for the laugh. His comments are always fun to read, although after a while, they do begin to sound like my crying twin 4-month olds.

Dr. Jodi Magness to Give E.P. Adler Lecture at the University of Iowa as part of National Archaeology Day

Dr. Jodi Magness

Dr. Jodi Magness

Dr. Jodi Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies E.P. Adler Lecture.

The lecture is entitled: “Ossuaries and the Burial of Jesus and James“. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness will survey Jewish tombs and burial customs in Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, and consider evidence for the claims surrounding the so-called “James ossuary” and the “Talpiyot tomb,” recently claimed to be the tomb of Jesus and his family.

(Click here for flyer.)

The lecture will take place on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. (The gold dome of the Old State Capitol building in the center of the Pentacrest)

A reception co-sponsored by the Dept. of Religious Studies, the Office of the State Archeologist and UI Pentacrest Museums will be held prior to the lecture beginning at 5:00 in the Old Capitol Rotunda. All are welcome.

This year, the E.P. Adler lecture is part of the National Archaeology Day celebrations at the University of Iowa, sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, including the Iowa Chapter.

Don’t miss the new exhibit, Conflict on the Iowa Frontier: Perspectives on the War of 1812, which opens at the Old Capitol Museum just prior to Dr. Magness’ lecture.

On Friday, October 12, Dr. Anna Roosevelt will present an academic seminar entitled, “Amazonia: A dynamic human habitat, past, present, and future,” in Kollros Auditorium, 101 Biology Building East.

Dr. Magness will also give a lecture entitled “Masada: Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance against Rome” on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Macbride Auditorium.

Visit the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History’s website for more information about the University of Iowa National Archaeology Day, or download the National Archaeology Day flyer for more details.

The full schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 11

  • 5-7:30 p.m. – Conflict on the Iowa Frontier: Perspectives on the War of 1812 exhibit opening and reception at the Old Capitol Museum
  • 6-6:45 p.m. – Eugene Watkins will talk about Old Fort Madison in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum
  • 7:30 p.m. – Jodi Magness will lecture on “Ossuaries and the Burial of Jesus and James” in the Senate Chamber at the Old Capitol Museum

Friday, Oct. 12

  • 4 p.m. – Anna Roosevelt will present an academic seminar, “Amazonia: A dynamic human habitat, past, present, and future,” in Kollros Auditorium, 101 Biology Building East

Saturday, Oct. 13

  • 10 a.m. -Magness lecture: “Masada: Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance against Rome” in Macbride Auditorium
  • 11 a.m. – Roosevelt lecture: “The First Americans: From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego” in Macbride Auditorium
  • 12:30-3 p.m. – Archaeology activities, tours, and demonstrations in and around Macbride Hall and the UI Museum of Natural History.
  • 1-5 p.m. – Plum Grove will be open Saturday and Sunday for tours of the home and for viewing archaeology displays on the grounds. Visit for more information.
  • 2 p.m. – Cindy Peterson “Meskwaki-Related Archaeology near South Amana: The Patterson Trading Post and the Village of Wacoshashe and Poweshiek”  at the Johnson County Historical Museum
  • 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – UI Office of the State Archaeologist laboratory and repository (700 South Clinton Street – free parking)

Sunday, Oct. 14

  • 1-5 p.m. – Plum Grove open hours
  • 6 p.m. – Johnson County Historical Society Museum activities will include an interactive tour of the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City
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