Thomas Bartlett asks, “Did a ‘dream team’ of biblical scholars mislead millions?”:
Marvin Meyer was eating breakfast when his cellphone buzzed. Meyer, a professor of religious studies at Chapman University, has a mostly gray beard and an athletic build left over from his basketball days. His friends call him “the Velvet Hammer” for his mild demeanor. He’s a nice guy.
The voice on the other end belonged to a representative of the National Geographic Society. They were working on a project and wanted his help.
“That’s very interesting,” he remembers saying. “What do you have in mind?”
“We can’t tell you,” was the reply.
That was not the answer he expected.
“Let me see if I understand this,” Meyer said. “You’d like me to agree to do a project with you, but you won’t tell me what that project is. Is that right?”
He would have to sign a nondisclosure agreement first