Another Example of Fake News


Another Example of Fake NewsThere is fake news, old news, and exaggerated news. Put all three together and you have the report entitled “Tower of Babel Discovered? Ancient Tablet Describes Mesopotamian Structure Built by ‘Multitudes.’”

Why is it fake news? Because the report wants you to believe that what has been discovered is the biblical Migdal Bavel, the Tower of Babel described in Bereishis (11:1-9). Why is it old news? Because the Ziggurat (Mesopotamian temple tower) of Babylon has been known for over a century, and an ancient image of that tower was published in 2011. Why is it exaggerated news? Because it describes a tower built by King Nevuchadnetzar II, the Babylonian king who destroyed the Beis Hamikdash, and therefore cannot possibly refer to the Torah’s Migdal Bavel, which dates back to the time after the mabul.

Read the rest of the article from Ami Magazine.

Shma: Listen Speaker Series

Early Christians Tabgha

Tabgha, courtesy of Grauesel, Wikimedia Commons

Judaism, Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Thursday, October 19 | 7:00 pm
Pere Marquette Gallery, 2nd Floor DuBourg Hall, Saint Louis University
1 N. Grand Blvd., 63103

Free and open to the public. For more information, email

Pharisees and Sadducees in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Thursday, October 19 | Noon-2:00 pm
Congregation Temple Israel
1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., 63141

A kosher lunch will be hosted by Congregation Temple Israel at no cost. RSVP required to Nancy Dubman at 314-442-3771 or

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Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman

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The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference – The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

QumranThe NYU Center for Ancient Studies, in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, announces 

The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference
The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

November 16-17, 2017
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access)

SESSION 1: The Community/Communities behind the Dead Sea Scrolls
9:15 a.m. Welcome
Matthew S. Santirocco, NYU

9:30 a.m. What Does Archaeology Tell Us about the Community/Communities behind the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina

10:15 a.m. Archaeology and Text: Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Lawrence H. Schiffman, NYU

SESSION 2: Insiders and Outsiders in the Dead Sea Scrolls
11:00 a.m. Sectarians and Their Semantic Domain: How Best—or Least Badly—to Identify the People of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland

11:45 a.m. Isolated in the Judean Desert? The Qumran Sectarians in Imperial Contexts
Alexandria Frisch, Ursinus College

SESSION 3: The Projects of the Israel Antiquities Authority
2:00 p.m. The Conservation and Preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 70 Years Later

Pnina Shor, Israel Antiquities Authority

SESSION 4: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Mysterious
2:45 p.m. Magic and… Continue reading