Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Robert Cargill illustrates Sins of Commission and Omission - and the Jesus Discovery Website reacts

Dr Robert Cargill has an outstanding post on the Talpiot Tomb B claims of Mr Simcha Jacobovici and Dr James Tabor:


I am grateful to Dr Cargill for giving me a chance to see the post in advance of its posting.  He is an expert on issues of digital technology and how it is used to represent archaeological work and he presents the evidence here with his characteristic clarity, patience and force.  

It appears that Dr Cargill's paper is already making an impact.  Not long after it was posted earlier this afternoon, several of the images to which he draws attention disappeared from the Jesus Discovery Website, to be replaced with others.  Note in particular the new version of the "Fish in the Margins" photograph, which this afternoon replaced the version that Dr Cargill discussed in his post:

Original "Fish in the Margins" picture with digital ink
Replacement version, now with digital ink removed

4 comments:

Geoff Hudson said...

But didn't Dr Cargill think that the 'fish image' was that of a monumental tomb? I was most impressed by Joan Taylor's explanation of the blob coming out of the 'fish's mouth'. For her, it was perfume leaking through a hole or holes at the bottom of a vase which was hung up.

lightseeker said...

To add to Geoff Hudson's comment... Might that "blob" -- which looks like a flower, represent the aroma of the perfume "leaking" from the vase, especially if it would have been hung up?

James D. Tabor said...

Mark, a slight correction here, nothing has been removed from the web site although I did ask the web person who does this to rearrange and add lots of things, and relabel things more sequentially. The order of the photos was getting confusing and the labels not making sense. It might be you accessed the site when he was still working on it. He does not take it down when working, but continually updates things.

Mark Goodacre said...

Ok, thanks for the clarification. But the labelling was added subsequent to Robert Cargill's article, wasn't it? I am thinking of the label "Fish in the margins - Highlighted and Marked" -- I'm sure that wasn't there before Bob's article.