Dr. Tony Mariot is an Executive Consultant for the Resource Department of Biblical Antiquities for Oxford University in England. His role is to write for the graduate archives and produce fact-based papers that can lead to funding for archeological research. He also assists students in their research by answering questions related to their studies.
Dr. Mariot’s specialty has been Biblical antiquities and the apocalypse, providing the basis for fundraising for archeological digs sponsored by the University. He has always had a voracious appetite for learning, following his need for truth across the world. Dr. Mariot is known for his ability to present the biblical facts without allowing religious dogma to interfere with his findings.
The purpose of his writings is to give the University the groundwork to find archeological relics that prove Biblical accounts of culture at the time the Bible was written. His writings have brought to light history that had previously been unknown and sometimes hidden from the public.
How did you get started in this business? What inspired you to start this business?
I wanted to know more about God. I’d been going to church my whole life and I was frustrated at the lack of any real information. For lack of a better term, the answers I got just seemed to be rehashed of a general nature. I figured someone had to know more. I found out that Oxford University was among the original translators of the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek into English.
I attended Saint Peters College for a Masters in Theology and Christ Church for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology. My dissertation was based on the end of the world, more specifically on the idea that the majority of people who go to heaven will end up in hell anyway. This is based principally on the book of Revelation chapter 20, verses 7 through 9.
That paper is really where this pursuit started. As I was defending my thesis, I was offered work at Oxford as a writer for the graduate archives. That was in 2009 and I’ve been here ever since.
How do you make money?
I am paid for the articles that I write.
How long did it take for you to become profitable?
I was profitable with my very first article, it was based on the literal existence of giants during the biblical period. It led to a lawsuit against the Smithsonian by Oxford and National Geographic. The case uncovered the fact that the government had been hiding from the public the existence of giant bones discovered by the Smithsonian starting in 1919. Archeologists went to the Grand Canyon and Brazil and other locations around the world confirming the findings of these bones. These relics were carbon-dated beyond 6000 years and matched Biblical accounts.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
I didn’t know if there would be enough to write about. After some time, Oxford began sending me subjects to research and that made it easier. I try to write four or five articles a week.
How did you get your first customer?
Besides the archive, I do work for online blogs like Quora and Medium.
What is one marketing strategy (other than referrals) that you’re using that works really well to generate new business?
The work I do for the online blogs has helped me generate more work.
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?
It’s not a singular tough decision, but more of a constant challenge. I have to be careful in my writings not to allow my personal views to affect the facts I am presenting. It can be tough to keep them separate, especially with topics I may hold a personal affinity.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
My ability to focus on the research and to find that necessary separation of facts from opinions. I try to connect the facts through Biblical accounts and archeological research and keep the non-Biblical accounts straight. I don’t add my opinion, I don’t try to sway the reader, I want them to come to their own conclusions based on the information presented.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
One moment was definitely that first paper on the existence of giants and how all of that turned out. Another would be a comparative paper I wrote on all the different religions of the world and how they coalesce with each other. For example, the Norse religion has Odin, Thor, and Valhalla. Christianity has God, Jesus, and Heaven. They are the same thing, just the names change.
What does the future hold for your business? What are you most excited about?
I have this vision of going to the site of an archeological dig and being able to visually show the relics that are found. I want to be able to present them and explain how they connect to Biblical accounts. I want to connect those relics to facts based on legitimate history, not religious dogma in a way that people will find stimulating.
What books have inspired you?
The Bible, of course, has been an inspiration for me. I also found a wealth of information in the Complete Works of Josephus and many very early writings like the Dead Sea Scrolls. These writings have an immeasurable amount of knowledge.
What is a recent purchase you have made that’s helped with your business?
It may sound a little silly, but getting a good pair of earbuds has helped more than you can imagine. It allows me to free up my hands and type or do research with a lot more ease.