Unusual Critique of Recent University Purchases of Artifacts

January 22, 2010

Several Christian institutions have in recent months announced purchases of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Robert Cargill, instructional technology coordinator for the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Digital Humanities and chief architect and designer of the Qumran Visualization Project, found an interesting way to critique this trend. On his blog, he revealed the (fake) news that various fragments and other key artifacts were being bought up by the University of Phoenix, DeVry and other for-profit universities. His fake DeVry statement says: "This fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls, although small, shows DeVry’s commitment to being a leader in the online university/alternative education market. Big things come in small packages, and this single aleph is the ‘A’ for effort that will make DeVry a major player in the world of higher education. Look out Harvard! DeVry knows a little about the Bible too. In fact, we now own a part of it."

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