Bible “scholars” strike again: Herod’s tomb, wild speculation, and just-so stories
Posted: 21 November 2008 06:00 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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“Other scholars are skeptical that the tomb belonged to Herod. “From what I’ve seen, there is no doubt that we’re talking about a tomb from the Herodian period,” says University of Haifa archaeologist Arthur Segal. “But there was no inscription. It could have been from a family member or anyone important. There is no definite proof that it is Herod’s tomb.”“

http://www.archaeology.org/0707/trenches/herod.html

No inscription, no identifying markings, a complex just-so story (ad hoc fallacy) to back up his claims. Ehud Netzer sounds like Woo-suk Hwang’s twin brother. Wanting to believe completely overturning sound science and reasoning.

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