|Robert Raymond Cargill|
Dr. Robert R. Cargill at Bet She'an, Israel
February 22, 1973 |
Van Nuys, CA, USA
Asst. Professor of Classics and Religious Studies,The University of Iowa
Brooke Becker (m. 1997-2003)Roslyn Bennett (m. 2010)
Talitha Joy (b. 1999) MacLaren Grey (b. 2011) Quincy Enoch Domenico (b. 2013) Rory Kate Duvall (b. 2013)Judah Robert Roan (b. 2015)
Dr. Robert Raymond Cargill is Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at The University of Iowa. He is a biblical studies scholar, classicist, archaeologist, author, and digital humanist. His research includes study on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, literary criticism of the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha, Aramaic targums, and archaeology of the Ancient Near East. He has appeared as an expert on numerous television documentaries and specials and is an advocate for public higher education.
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CHILDHOOD AND UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Dr. Robert R. Cargill was born in Van Nuys, California to Leonard and Sharon Cargill (née Costáles) on Feb 22, 1973 (Pisces, Ox). He is of Basque and Spanish descent on his mother's side, and (northern) Italian on his father's side, with the Cargill name being of Scottish origin. His family soon relocated to Madera, California, a small farm town in central California that they called home for 15 years.
Dr. Cargill has experienced every level of public education in California. He attended John Adams Elementary (Madera, CA), Thomas Jefferson Junior High (Madera, CA), and Madera High School. At age 17, his family moved to nearby Fresno, California, where he graduated from Bullard High School. He turned down undergraduate admission offers to attend UC Berkeley, USC, and Pepperdine, choosing instead to attend local community college. By working the graveyard shift at a local Walgreens, Dr. Cargill put himself through Fresno City College, where he earned his A.A. degree and won a state championship in 1992 as a catcher with the baseball team. He then transferred to California State University, Fresno, where he pursued an education in the natural sciences. He followed a pre-medical curriculum and earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Physiology.
Dr. Cargill then accepted the J.P. Sanders Scholarship to attend Pepperdine University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Ministry and his seminary degree, the Master of Divinity. While studying biblical studies at Pepperdine, he began studying archaeology and ancient Near Eastern cultures. Also while at Pepperdine, he experienced the birth of his daughter, Talitha Joy. Dr. Cargill returned to Pepperdine in 2002 and taught courses in Hebrew Bible and New Testament. In 2004, he was hired by Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman to teach her history and religion of the Middle East. He then accepted a fellowship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations and his Ph.D. under Dr. William Schniedewind in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with an emphasis in Second Temple period archaeology and biblical studies. His dissertation work focused on the archaeological remains of Khirbet Qumran, the site associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr. Cargill is Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa with an emphasis on the Digital Humanities. He has previously taught at Pepperdine, Azusa Pacific University, Portland State University, and UCLA, and has made some of his classes available to the public for free. He served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities from 2009-2011, where he oversaw the integration of technology into higher education classrooms and humanities research. Dr. Cargill was a Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Research Associate at UCLA, and was the Chief Architect and Designer of the Qumran Visualization Project, a real-time virtual reconstruction of the site of Qumran.
Dr. Cargill's first book, "Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls," examines the settlement of Khirbet Qumran using new technological approaches in the Digital Humanities including digital archaeological reconstruction and virtual reality. His second book, The Cities that Built the Bible (HarperOne, 2016) "blends archaeology, biblical history, and personal journey as he explores these cities and their role in the creation of the Bible." He regularly lectures on topics concerning archaeology (including pseudoarchaeology and sensationalist archaeology), biblical studies, Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Judaism and religious sects in the Second Temple period, linguistic ideology, and the digital humanities.
Dr. Cargill has appeared as an expert on numerous documentaries and television shows on channels including CNN, History, Discovery, Weather Channel, and NatGeo. In 2017, he was the Israel host for CNN's documentary series "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery." In 2010, he hosted the National Geographic special, “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls." In 2013, Dr. Cargill served as the Consulting Producer on the History series, "Bible Secrets Revealed", and appeared in all six episodes. 
- 2016 The Cities that Built the Bible (San Francisco: HarperOne).
- 2009 Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bible In Technology 1 (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press).
- 2012 “The Rule of Creative Completion: Neofiti’s Use of שכלל.” Aramaic Studies 10 (2): 173-191.
- 2011 “The State of the Archaeological Debate at Qumran,” Currents in Biblical Research 10 (1): 101-18.
- 2010 “The Benefit of Blogging for Archaeology,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 39 (3): 12-16.
- 2009 “The Qumran Digital Model: An Argument for Archaeological Reconstruction in Virtual Reality” and “A Response to Magness,” Near Eastern Archaeology 72 (1): 28-47.
- 2009 “The Fortress at Qumran: A History of Interpretation,” The Bible and Interpretation, May 2009. web
Dr. Cargill was married to his partner, Roslyn, on March 20, 2010. He has five children: a daughter, Talitha; a son, MacLaren; fraternal twins, Quincy (son) and Rory Kate (daughter); and a son, Judah. He resides in Iowa City, IA. He is a Mensan and spends much of his spare time reading and hiking.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Cargill has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. Dr. Cargill began his archaeological career in 1999 as a Square Supervisor in the excavations at Banias, Israel (Golan Heights) with Dr. Vassilios Tzaferis and Dr. John F. Wilson. The next year he served as Area Supervisor at Banias. In 2004, he began work as a Square Supervisor for the excavations at nearby Omrit, Israel with Dr. Andy Overman. Dr. Cargill participated in the excavations at Hatzor, Israel in 2006 with Dr. Amnon Ben-Tor, which were cut short by the 2006 Lebanese War. From 2010-2012, Dr. Cargill was a Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Research Associate at UCLA.
Dr. Cargill presently leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Iowa each summer as part of a Study Abroad program to dig with an international coalition at Tel Azekah, led by Tel Aviv University's Dr. Oded Lipschits, Dr. Yuval Gadot, and the University of Heidelberg's Dr. Manfred Oeming.
POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY, AND RELIGION
Politically, Dr. Cargill is a moderate independent and is unaffiliated with any American political party. He is registered to vote in Johnson County, IA with "No Party" listed as his party affiliation. He describes himself as a social progressive and a fiscal conservative. He is an ardent supporter of the separation of church and state. Within scholarship, he argues for the separation of archaeology and religion. He has argued that science (and specifically archaeology) should not be used for evangelistic purposes, and regularly critiques those who attempt to use what he terms "pseudoscience" to make religious claims. Dr. Cargill was raised as a Christian (Churches of Christ), but has since stated to the NY Times that he is an agnostic, describing himself as a "methodologically agnostic humanist advocating for social justice and academic inquiry studying the Persian and Hellenistic influences on Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity". He is a member of the American Humanist Association and Project Reason. He has stated that Christian insistence upon the "inerrancy and infallibility" of the Bible and a literal interpretation of the biblical text is greatly harming modern Christianity. He does not view stories of a biblical six-day creation and a Great Flood as historical. Dr. Cargill has written extensively in favor of marriage equality, and against California Proposition 8, arguing that the state should not prohibit homosexual couples from marrying.
DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND BLOGGING
Dr. Cargill is a faculty member of the University of Iowa consortium on Public Humanities in a Digital World, and a member of the Digital Humanities Cluster Cohort for the University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Arts & Humanities. Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Cargill worked for the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities as the Instructional Technology Coordinator. He is an avid blogger, writing at his official blog, XKV8R, accessible either via robertcargill.com or xkv8r.com. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature Blogging and Online Publication Steering Committee. He has published and presented professional papers on issues dealing with blogging, online publication, and the future of instructional technology. 
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
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Research interests include the archaeology of Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls, virtual reality, digital modeling, archaeology of the Second Temple Period, Hebrew and Aramaic, literary criticism, biblical studies, the site of Banias, Israel (ancient Caesarea Philippi), the Bar Kokhba Rebellion, and classical Judean numismatics.
I follow closely the following articles:
Ancient Qumran: A Virtual Reality Tour
Ark of the Covenant
Dead Sea Scrolls
-- Copper Scroll
-- Genesis Apocryphon
Northwest Semitic languages
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- "UI’s Cargill touts value of public scholarship, humanities". Iowa Now. 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- Fresno City College Baseball History
- O'Leary, Josh, “Digging for Answers,” Iowa City Press-Citizen, November 8, 2013.
- Alahouzos, Michael (Jan 20, 2005). "Religion Class Makes Room for 52 More".
- Contact Music, Kidman Hires Religious Professor," April 17, 2005.
- "UI professor digs up data, facts behind the Bible". Iowa City Press-Citizen. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- Sullivan, Meg, "Virtual Qumran Sheds New Light On Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery Site," Science Daily, June 21, 2007.
- View the UCLA course "Jerusalem, the Holy City" on iTunes U.
- UCLA CDH (May 1, 2009). "CDH welcomes new Instructional Technology Coordinator, Dr. Robert Cargill".
- Sullivan, Meg (June 27, 2007). "UCLA NEWS: Virtual Qumran Sheds New Light on Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery Site".
- Whipps, Heather (July 13, 2007). "FOX NEWS: Warriors May Have Occupied Dead Sea Scrolls Site".
- Cargill, Robert R., Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, (Gorgias Press: 2009).
- "In search of the Bible: UI professor Robert Cargill to read from ‘The Cities that Built the Bible’ May 15.". The Daily Iowan. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- Cargill, Robert (2016-03-15). The Cities That Built the Bible. HarperOne. ISBN 9780062366740.
- Sullivan, Meg (July 22, 2010). "UCLA Today: Scholar highlights new research on Dead Sea Scrolls in TV special".
- National Geographic Channel (July 27, 2010). "Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls".
- Kaleem, Jaweed, “Bible Secrets Revealed, New History Channel Documentary, To Premiere,” Huffington Post, Nov. 13, 2013.
- Cargill, Robert R., "On the Misuse of Archaeology for Evangelistic Purposes," Bible and Interpretation, June 2010.
- Cargill, Robert R., "Pseudo-Science and Sensationalist Archaeology: An Exposé of Jimmy Barfield and the Copper Scroll Project", Bible and Interpretation, August 2009.
- Leland, John, "Online Battle Over Sacred Scrolls, Real-World Consequences", New York Times February 16, 2013.
- Cargill, Robert R., "Forget about Noah’s Ark; There Was No Worldwide Flood," Bible and Interpretation, May 2010.
- Bennett-Smith, Meredith, “Biblical Marriage Not Defined Simply As One Man, One Woman: Iowa Religious Scholars’ Op-Ed,” Huffington Post, June 6, 2013.
- Cargill, Robert R., "It Is OK for Christians to Vote No on Prop 8," Feb 15, 2009.
- Cargill, Robert R., "Full Text of Dr. Cargill’s Remarks at the Pepperdine GSEP Panel Discussion on Racism and Homophobia," April 4, 2009.
- Cargill, Robert R., "A Note to Christians Opposing Gay Marriage: Get Over It," July 8, 2010.
- University of Iowa Public Humanities in a Digital World
- University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Arts & Humanities
- UCLA Center for Digital Humanities
- Cargill, Robert R. “The Benefit of Blogging for Archaeology,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 39/3 (2010): 12-16.
- Cargill, Robert R. “How and Why Academic Peer-Review is About to Change,” The Bible and Interpretation, August 2010.
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