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BIBLICAL ANTHROPOLOGIST
Monday, 3 July 2017
MORE GIGANTICALLY FAKE NEWS
Topic: Giants

So, this really did fire its way into my Twitter feed today. It ever so rudely got me all hopeful about a potentially interesting giant find. The article was entitled "Biblical Giants Unearthed in Golan Heighs?" OK--I'm thinking "I know the Golan--I wrote my dissertation on a site there (Banias/Caesarea Philppi)--this could be good." But alas......no. Don't get me wrong, I believe that the giants existed, but I also think its absolutely necessary to apply science to the problem.

Here's the link to the article on World News Daily Report (e-tabloid essentially). http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/biblical-giants-unearthed-in-golan-heights/

I appreciate the zeal to find evidence, but I get really frustrated when people post things without looking into the source. For some reason, sensationalists seem to fail to realize that this lampoons a very serious inquiry.

The first suspect element of this report is its source. World ews Daily Report s essentially a tabloid. Its journalism should be weighed in light of this. The second questionable element is the recycling of a photograph of two "giant skeletons" and ostensibly an "archaeologist" measuring the width of the lowest grave. This photo is a hoax of some years standing. Thirdly, the authors refer to the University of Tel Aviv, which one would think was meant to be the proper name "Tel-Aviv University."

But wait--it gets MUCH better. The article refers to a team of archaeologsists from the university that has been working on a new portion of Gilgal Refaim. Enter mistake number four--the quote from a non-existent archaeologist. A Tom Yiggur is credited with one of the article's quotes. Nowhere on the Tel-Aviv University site will you find his name, nor will you find it in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. Fifth, the article makes mention of a Guntar Web, a scholar in the department of Biblical Studies. Not surprisingly, Web appears nowhere on the university site or the department.

Folks, this is disinformation at its worst. In the parlance of our day, it's fake news. Keep looking though--the truth is out there, you just need to be discerning. Keep searching!


Posted by Professorburton at 3:22 AM CDT
Friday, 4 March 2016

Now Playing: GIANTOLOGY: THOUGHTS ON THE DISCIPLINE AND METHODS
Topic: Giants

 

When and idea has its time, there is little that can be done to stop it.  As such, it is safe to say that with all the research being conducted on giants, “giantology” has become its own field of study.  There are certainly qualified researchers—academic and otherwise—who do great work in a multi-faceted field employing mythology, history, languages, archaeology, and anthropology.  So there we have it:  our own –ology, the study of giants.

 

However, our field is not without persons inexperienced or untrained in scientific process, testing, or logic.  It is a field already sensational because of the nature of its subject matter, but there seems to be a tendency to sensationalize the topics of giants, which only serves to lampoon giantology.  Hence, there are right ways to go about it, and wrong ways (which I’ll discuss in this series).

 

There are all manner of qualifiers which we might attach to the discipline.  “Biblical” is usually the first that comes to mind, because of the Old Testament traditions of giants in the text.  “World-“ or “Mythological-“ are others, and tend to focus on the ethnological breadth of traditions around the world over space and time (Giganthropology, if you will).  “Historical” is yet another, which settles on the documented accounts of giants in the ancient and modern worlds.  As a part of the family of giantology, for material evidences archaeogiantology would be the recovery of physical and artifactual remains of giants.

 

Species need a proper taxonomy as well, if we as giantologists are to place giants into the frame of faunal biology.  In the most nominal and general terms, we are dealing with hominids of gigantic stature.  Hence the scientific name Homo colossicus (“giant man”) or the more immediately recognizable as Homo gigantis (man of/from the giants) could suffice.  Tribal divisions as outlined in the Bible would have little to do with taxonomy, but geography might.  So the older giants might be Homo gigantis antediluvensis, or giants with Holy Land provenience might be Homo gigantis levantinus, or giants from North America showing physiological singularity might be Homo gigantis americanus, and so on and so forth.  There is however the matter of satisfying the supernatural pedigree of giants in the taxonomic designation.  In this scenario, Homo titanus (Titanic man), both addresses the supernatural origins (as Josephus equates the Nephilim with the Greek Titans) and satisfies the taxonomc criteria without being overly ostentatious. 

 

Giantological research basically proceeds along one of three axes, or a combination of them.  Firstly, the mythological/oral tradition/anthropological evidence comes to us from the mythological traditions of cultures from around the world.  Secondly, the historical evidence for giants resides in written records preserved by ancient, medieval, and modern writers.  Lastly, the material axis calls on archaeology and paleontology to recover physical remains of giants and the artifacts and features left in their wake.  As a rule of thumb—in the order I have outlined—the evidence becomes scarcer.  Genetics, epigenetics, physics, geology, and biochemistry also have the potential to provide new insights as well.

 

Research ethics should also be a high priority for any giant researcher.  Thorough, scientific methodology should be applied to every project.  Any original research in the form of journal articles and books should account for sources.  This practice is responsible, and allows others to follow and corroborate or amend your work.  There are any number of publications on the topic of giants with no footnote citations (far too many in my opinion).  If we are to make a case to the world, our research needs to be presented in the language of science, ethically and responsibly.  Dissemination of research project results should be equally mindful of such ethics, and should be in a timely manner.   Most journals will likely be reticent to publish which means that other venues and even original peer-reviewed journals dealing with giants should eventually materialize through the efforts of (much needed) scholarly societies and professional organizations who study giants.

 

The above statements are all but a summary of the field of giantology.  It is changing daily.  There are many other issues to be fleshed out, which I will address as I can.  For now, here are the rudiments for a discipline of giantolgy, each bearing consideration.

 

To learn more about these issues read “An Ethnology of the Giant Tribes and Clans in the Ancient Levant”: http://store.payloadz.com/details/2215418-documents-and-forms-research-papers-an-ethnology-of-the-giant-tribes-and-clans-in-the-ancient-levant.html

 

                                                                                                                                                                © 2016 Judd Burton

 


Posted by Professorburton at 7:20 PM CST
Updated: Friday, 4 March 2016 7:58 PM CST
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Bones of 10-feet men found in Kalar historical sites
Topic: Giants

Thought-provoking article from last summer about a potential giant find in Kalar, Iraq.  The newspaper is a legitimate periodical and the story does raise an eyebrow.  Being a scholar, I'd certainly like to see some notes or paperwork, but for all it is, you can read it here:

http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/1/317590/


Posted by Professorburton at 4:55 PM CDT
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Evdences of Giants from Ohio
Topic: Giants

Some interesting reading about giants from the Ohio Rver Valley, a place that has proven to be an enclave of proofs for giants.  The Bureau of Ethnology produced such evidence in the late 19th century.  Read by clicking the link below:

http://gianthumanskeletons.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2013-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2014-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=14


Posted by Professorburton at 7:34 PM CDT
Friday, 19 April 2013
ANCIENT GIANTS EXISTED documentary
Topic: Giants

Whatever side of the argument on which you may fall,this documentary ANCIENT GIANTS EXISTED is very informative.  It is a nice mix of textual facts and oral tradition, and some decent speculative analysis.  The only caveat I would offer is on the setions with Von Daniken and Sitchin, and that you remember these have been proven to be frauds. Both immediately embarks on the ancient astronaut speel.  Sitchin never produced any credentials or proof of training in Mesopotamian languages, and his "translations" of those texts are highly dubious.  Otherwise, not a bad job.  Watch it by clicking below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4642t4dvMc&feature=player_embedded


Posted by Professorburton at 3:57 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, 19 April 2013 4:12 AM CDT
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Ancient Astronaut Theorists
Topic: Giants

Greetings one and all.  I'm sure that a lot of you who frequent my page are familiar with the programs on educational channels about ancient astronauts.  The premise of most of these is that the earth has been visited in the antique and prehistoric past by ancient aliens.  These guys allegedly founded human civilizations and possibly even created us, according to devotees.  So goes the "ancient astronaut" hypothesis.  It was first popularized by Erik von Daniken in the late 1960s, and perpetuated by the likes of Zechariah Sitchin in recent decades.  Neither of these individuals had the training or expertise to attack the research problems they claimed to have pursued to their correct ends.  Shoddy work all around.

Sitchin claimed to be adept in reading ancient Sumerian and other ancient Near Eastern languages, but never produced his credentials--ever--to anyone.  His contentions, while interesting, are so much bunk when held under the lens of scholastic scrutiny. 

Were we "visited" in the prehistoric past?  Yes.  Were they the aliens that von Daniken, Sitchin, and their ilk claim?  No--something much worse.

For a thorough and excellent treatise on the embarassing shortcomings of Sitchin, click the link below.  Dr. Michael Heiser wrote an open letter to Sitchin asking  him to produce his credentials and support his linguistic arguments.  Sitchin never answered but now one of his followers has.  Read Heiser's (who is a well-respected Semitic Language scholar) remarks in black and the yellow notes, and the Sitchinite's feeble attempts in red.

http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/FirstResponseToMyOpenLetterandHeiserReply.pdf


Posted by Professorburton at 1:56 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, 9 February 2012 2:07 AM CST
Thursday, 16 June 2011
GIANTS AND GEOPOLITICS
Topic: Giants

The historical age obviously produced a second generation of giants, whatever that mechanism was.  It is interesting that the giants had a very keen sense of geopolitics and their relation to the coming messiah.  Though one may find them scattered all over the globe, nestled in myth and lore and occassionally in the archaeological record, they were clustered in the ancient Levant.  They positioned themselves carefully, and either subjogated or alligned with peoples of the region.  Why?  Their primary mission was to thwart God's plan and corrupt humanity, and they had no way of knowing when messiah would come, only that God would redeem mankind through the Jews.  Accordingly, they situated themselves in the greatest numbers in the ancient Near East.

In Matthew 24:37, Jesus tells us that the conditions of his return will mirror those of Noah's day. That includes the Nephilim--the giants. If their acumen for geopolitics was astute in the past, should we expect anything different at the return of the Son of Man? The simple answer is "No."  The Nephilim will return. Be watchful.


Posted by Professorburton at 1:38 PM CDT
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Documentary and News
Topic: Giants

The Beyond newsletters continue to pour out with lots of juicy information about the history and nature of Biblical giants, and of what significance they are.  Thank you to those of you who have been reading faithfully.  I've gotten some good feedback--keep it coming.

On a related front, I recently viewed an incredible documentary on the giant Goliath.  It is entitled Footsteps of Goliath and I higly recommend it.  Now, let me qualify this recommendation with the following caveat:  I agree with MUCH of the conclusions on this very compelling documentary, but not ALL.  At any rate, I am sure you will find it fascinating and intriguing.  Click on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dHwP-KxFVw

 ***The book sale continues as well.  Be sure to get a copy of Interview with the Giant at the discounted price of only $13.40.  Offer ends soon!  Click below to purchase:

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/interview-with-the-giant/5943477

 In light of the fact that much of the documentary deals with Philistine territory, here is some background on one of the key cities, Goliath's hometown of Gath.

Gath A wine-vat one of the five royal cities of the Philistines (Jos 13:3) on which the ark brought calamity (Sa1 5:8, Sa1 5:9; Sa1 6:17). It was famous also as being the birthplace or residence of Goliath (Sa1 17:4). David fled from Saul to Achish, king of Gath (Sa1 21:10; Sa1 27:2; Psa 56:1), and his connection with it will account for the words in Sa2 1:20. It was afterwards conquered by David (Sa2 8:1). It occupied a strong position on the borders of Judah and Philistia (Sa1 21:10; Ch1 18:1). Its site has been identified with the hill called Tell es Safieh, the Alba Specula of the Middle Ages, which rises 695 feet above the plain on its east edge. It is noticed on monuments about 1500 B.C..


Posted by Professorburton at 11:37 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 March 2011 11:46 PM CDT

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