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"I'm not a theologist."

... that's what Titanic film director James Cameron told the Associated Press during his bid to convince the public that it's BIG NEWS that a tomb was found in the 1980s in which about ten people, including one named Yeshua bar Josef, or "Jesus (or Joshua), son of Joseph" -- or it might be Hanun bar Josef, a different name entirely; scholars disagree on how to read the script. Because OF COURSE, there was only one guy named Joseph in the ancient world ever named his son Joshua.

By the way, my name is Dylan, and I'm a singer-guitarist-songwriter and occasional poet. Anyone who believes Cameron's line on this tomb who also wants to buy my autograph, guitar picks (since surely there's only one singer-guitarist-songwriter named Dylan), or copies of A Child's Christmas in Wales that I've signed (since surely there can be only one poet named Dylan) should drop me a line. Maybe this new line will put me through seminary. If I study hard, I might even become one of the "theologists" whom Cameron hopes his REVOLUTIONARY DISCOVERY will inform.

February 27, 2007 in Current Affairs, Religion | Permalink


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Priceless, Dylan, and spot on!

I'll take a guitar pick!

Posted by: Reid | Feb 27, 2007 6:16:29 PM

I've read about 6 different reports of the story: all with "theologist" and not one with [sic]. Never been very sure about Hollywood's brains, but I thought the news folks would be a little better. (Maybe they were sic that day?)

Hi Dylan :-)

Posted by: Huw Raphael | Feb 27, 2007 7:48:47 PM

That's waaay too good, Dylan. Love it!

(and I'll take an autographed copy of "A Child's Christmas in Wales")

Posted by: MikeC | Feb 27, 2007 11:52:01 PM

I think the pressure on one of his oxygen tanks got out of whack during the Titanic dives.

Posted by: will smama | Mar 7, 2007 1:49:00 PM

Pick and roll -- must be march madness. As much as I enjoyed the piling on trashing of Cameron's English, his math is better than the way you misrepresented it. That being said, I'm a mathologist and your mathologisms (like sylogisms but better) straw manned.

Posted by: Glenn Gould | Mar 8, 2007 6:34:13 PM

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