Re: [XTalk] OT: Tom Simms obituary
- At 09:55 AM 8/7/2002 -0500, Jeffrey Gibson wrote:
>Long time List Members, especially those who were part of the oldJeffrey,
>Crosstalk, will be interested in seeing the following obituary notice
>that David Meadows published on another List.
>07/04/2002 SIMMS, THOMAS - At the Saint John Regional Hospital, on
>Wednesday, July 3rd, 2002, Thomas Simms of Saint John, and formerly of
>Woodstock, 71 years of age. Predeceased by his parents Vern and
>Anna Simms. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.
>Chipman Funeral Home (339-6612)
Thanks for passing this along. Simms and I engaged in many exchanges on the
old CrossTalk. He was a somewhat argumentative fellow who enthusiastically
pushed the theory that Jesus didn't really die on the cross-- he seemed to
die because of an ingenious use of an extract from pufferfish. Simms
considered himself a scientist, and was therefore always seeking scientific
rationales for miracle stories, and thus was also much interested in the
controversy over the dating of the Shroud. He had some involvement with
Egyptian archaeology as a technician of some kind, but he was already
elderly and afflicted by arthritis in his hands. This was especially vexing
to him because he was also a church organist, and the arthritis affected
his ability to play the organ.
Using somewhat archaic computer technology, he nevertheless wrote a
somewhat longwinded electronic book about his theories about the historical
Jesus; In April 1996 he posted his Chapters 38-40 on CrossTalk, and in May
1996, he claimed that it had "sold to five continents" and was "in revision
for the next printing." He was challenged by a professional librarian on
the list who couldn't find his book in the OCLC. Simms countered by
presenting this information about his book:
>Behind the BibleAs you can see, his interests were wide ranging!
> Creative Editing by Hermes
> ISBN 0-9695425-0-X Trade Bound style in pebble grained white
> vinyl Pp. i-vi, 1-312, includes Glossary pp. 281-5, Bibliography
> pp. 286-91, Index pp. 292-312 plus two flyleaf research update
> US$19.95 plus $3.95 Shipping & Handling by mail from
> P. O. Box 475
> Houlton, ME 04730
> Published by Sigma Services, Limited at Fredericton, N.B., 1990
> ** Description **
> The text is History, not Theology. It reviews thoroughly the
> historical background of the Ancient Middle East, cities a number
> of Ancient Pre-Biblical Texts, Texts from other Peoples concurrent
> with the rise of Israel, analyses the Extra-Biblical record for
> Biblical personalities and events, and presents a kind of ancient
> newsman's view of Old and New Testament events.
> The Old Testament Review began with the question, ``What would
> Pharaoh say on a state visit to today's Knesset?'' This kind of
> analysis continues throughout the text.
> The New Testament Review brings up to date, especially in the
> Research updates, authentic First Century views of The Law and the
> position of women. Here are eleven items to whet your interest:
> 1. The link between ``Eve'' and ``Rib''.
> 2. The split ``personality'' of Genesis, Chapters 1 and 2.
> 3. The Historical Jacob and his line of children ...
> 4. The Historical Joseph, how he hides in plain sight of all.
> 5. How Canaanites and their kin became Pharaoh.
> 6. The historical identity of Moses, now plain to see.
> 7. The source of Solomon's and David's writings sitting in our
> texts right before our eyes.
> 8. The real reason for ``Prophecy''.
> 9. The surprising ``secret'' biography of Jesus; ``Christos'' true
> 10. The Priestly function of New Testament women hid in front of
> us for 2,000 years!
> 11. What Qumran can tell us.
> ** Table of Contents **
> Review the following listing of the Chapter Headings and Figure
> Captions to discover the wide range of topics
> The handy Glossary listed will help you understand unfamiliar
> terms used as a matter of course studying the Near East
> The Bibliography will serve as a guide to further reading
> The Index will help you browse the text
> 1: Stela of Sargon ... Page 1
> 2: A Beginning ... Page 3
> 3: The Santa Claus Factor ... Page 10
> 4: Neb Maat Ra Blows His Own Horn ... Page 12
> 5: The Alexander Angle ... Page 15
> 6: Eden Examined ... Page 18
> 7: History of Egypt ... Page 22
> 8: King Lists ... Page 26
> 9: Noah? ... Page 30
> 10: Genesis Redux ... Page 37
> 11: Chronology ... Page 40
> 12: The Tradition of Seven Lean Years ... Page 49
> 13: The Tale of the Two Brothers ... Page 52
> 14: The Puzzle of Psalm CIV ... Page 56
> 15: Conspiracies ... Page 63
> 16: Joseph in Egypt ... Page 67
> 17: Sacred Writings ... Page 72
> 18: The Silence ... Page 78
> 19: Curiosities ... Page 82
> 20: Behind Moses ... Page 87
> 21: Exodus ... Page 106
> 22: The Memphite Theology of Creation ... Page 138
> 23: The Teachings of Amen Em Apet ... Page 141
> 24: The Golden Calf ... Page 150
> 25: After The Golden Calf ... Page 154
> 26: Words ... Page 158
> 27: Solomon's Temple ... Page 163
> 28: Prophecy ... Page 168
> 29: When Was It Written? ... Page 176
> 30: Old Testament Canon ... Page 180
> 31: New Testament Canon ... Page 191
> 32: Textual Criticism ... Page 205
> 33: Texts & Versions ... Page 208
> 34: The Manuscript Bible ... Page 211
> 35: The Printed Bible ... Page 216
> 36: Jewish Religious Groups ... Page 221
> 37: Dead Sea Sect ... Page 228
> 38: Written When? ... Page 232
> 39: Pieces For--Behind The New Testament ... Page 234
> 40: Behind The New Testament ... Page 238
> 41: Bible ... Page 252
> 42: In Search Of The Historical Jesus ... Page 258
> 43: After The New Testament--A Last Word ... Page 277
> Glossary ... Page 281
> Bibliography ... Page 286
> Index ... Page 292
> The Table of Figures does not include the hieroglyphs of the
> beginning of the Hymm to the Aten, separating the side by side
> presentations of the Hymn and of Psalm CIV. Readers can
> discover how close are the two texts, puzzle on the mystery it
> shows and then tease out the solution to the puzzle found in
> the Research Updates inside the flyleafs.
> Table of Figures
> 1: Stela of Sargon ... Page 1
> 2: Scalloped Edge Steel Carver ... Page 4
> 3: Flint Flesher Edge ... Page 4
> 4: The Lake Gift ... Page 13
> 5: Genesis i, 27 ... Page 39
> 6: Genesis ii, 7 ... Page 39
> 7: Pharaoh Carried in State ... Page 73
> 8: The Cartouches of Jacob ... Page 79
> 9: The Israel Stela ... Page 80
> 10: Pharaoh Ay Shoots at an ``Axe'' ... Page 85
> 11: The Aten ... Page 94
> 12: Stela of the Two Kings--An Adaptation ... Page 96
> 13: The Ark of Amen ... Page 102
> 14: Tut Ankh Amen on His Chariot ... Page 104