Mike on Coast to Coast AM Thursday Night, Just Before the World Ends

The folks at Coast to Coast AM have scheduled me for Thursday, December 20. I’m naturally relieved that I’ll get to be on the show again before the world ends the next day. The topic will be apocalypticism, and so we’ll be chatting about the Mayan Doomsday hype, millennialism, and assorted other beliefs related to end times. Anyone who follows my Naked Bible blog will know that I take a dim view of popular Christian eschatology, so that will no doubt come up. Should be fun!

Egyptological: Unfortunate News

I just saw the news that the e-journal Egyptological, which I have blogged about several times on this blog, has had to suspend operations due to radicalized hackers in Egypt. Here is the announcement, part of which reads as follows:

Kate and Andrea are very sad to announce that Egyptological will be unavailable for the forseeable future.  It has been targeted by a professional hacking group as part of an onslaught on Egypt-related web sites during the current unrest in Egypt.

Although we have been in negotiations with the hackers, which seemed to be going well, they have now announced their intention of resuming hostilities against us.  They apparently see Egyptology sites such as ours as representing a form of political threat.

 

Egyptology enthusiasts worldwide can thank the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk for this. While the recent backlash against Egypt’s president for decreeing himself Pharaoh shows that there is truly a desire for democracy amid the chaos in Egypt (Morsi was forced to reverse his self-declared omnipotence), this sort of thinking (I use the term loosely) is sadly not uncommon. Hopefully Egyptological will be back online sooner than supposed.

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Facade Sequel Title and Contest Winner

Congratulations to Brent Lynn, the first to successfully identify the title of the sequel to The Facade!  The good folks at Kirkdale are already at work getting Brent his copy of  The Façade: Special Edition, which features the first five chapters of the sequel.

The title of the sequel is The Portent. To those for whom that word may not be familiar, Websters defines it this way: “An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen.”

Yep.

Guess the Title of the Sequel to The Facade and Win

Yesterday I announced that a special edition of The Façade is being released. You can get it for 25% off from Vyrso. Along with some never-before-seen bonus content, the special edition includes the first five chapters of the sequel.

So what is the title of the sequel?

Use the hints below and post your guess in the comments section for a chance to win a free copy of The FaçadeSpecial Edition.

The sequel title has two words. The first is “the” so you’re half way there. For those who have access to the normal edition of the book as it’s been sold to this point,  the second word of the sequel title can be found somewhere in chapter 66. The word occurs only once in the chapter (its only occurrence in the entire book).

Be the first to guess correctly and you’ll win a free copy of The Façade: Special Edition from Kirkdale Press and Vyrso. Post your guess in the comments!

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Pre-Order the Special Edition of the Facade and Get a Sneak Peek at the Sequel

Today marks the release for pre-order of the special edition of my paranormal-supernatural thriller, The Façade. The novel includes some ancient astronaut threads, and the sequel will pick up them as well. The special edition published by Kirkdale Press contains some great bonus content:

  • Behind The Façade: A look into how and why I wrote The Façade.
  • Resources for Further Study: An annotated bibliographic guide to the government documents, covert military programs, religious ideas, and UFO controversies that are part of the plot of The Façade.
  • The first five chapters of the highly-anticipated sequel!

The special edition is freshly edited and formatted for your ereader, mobile phone, tablet, and computer. Click here for a synopsis. Readers get 25% off when they pre-order it on Vyrso.

I’ll be revealing a hint about the sequel’s title tomorrow on the blog. Be the first to guess correctly and you’ll get a free copy of The Façade: Special Edition.

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More Online Resources for Vaccination Against PaleoBabble

There’s been a spate of resources that have popped up online in recent days for excellent resources to study the ancient world. Some of these resources have been around a while, but have gotten some recent attention and traffic on various blogs and news sites. Here are some valuable links:

The New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS) Online

  • this is the most recent scholarly translation of the Septuagint

The Gospel of Thomas Resource Center

  • Do your research on Thomas here, not with Dan Brown and Michael Baigent. That way something you say about Thomas has a prayer of being right.

The Ancient World Mapping Center

  • The Center promotes cartography, historical geography, and geographic information science as essential disciplines within the field of ancient studies through innovative and collaborative research, teaching, and community outreach activities.

Giza 3-D

  • For the first time, the latest and most exhaustive information available on the Giza Necropolis will be made available to everyone through a realistic experience that can satisfy mere cu- riosity or encourage more demanding research inquiries

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For Those Who Want to Study Akkadian

Readers who have poked around my book recommendations would know that I think Huehnergard’s A Grammar of Akkadian (3rd ed.; with its companion answer key, Key to a Grammar of Akkadian) is the best around. The Ancient World Online blog notes that the vocabulary for this grammar is available in online flashcards. Pretty cool.

Believers in Zecharia Sitchin’s “work” in Mesopotamian texts can ignore this.

Ancient Aliens Debunked: 3-Hour Documentary Now Online for Free

Readers may recall a few months ago when I announced I’d be interviewed for this documentary. That happened in August. Well, I’m happy to announce that the documentary is finished and online. It’s just over three hours, and free to the public. I haven’t had time to watch it yet, but having read all the scripts, I can tell you it will be well worth viewing. There’s a lot of good research that went into this. Jason Colavito’s work, to which I often direct readers, figures prominently in several places. The producer tells my I’m in the last section. Lastly, make sure you visit the actual website, since other video that didn’t make it into the final product will be kept there for viewing, along with source documentation.

I’ve also created a Page on this blog with a link to the documentary so you can easily find it later and direct friends to it.

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