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Archaeologist sees proof for Bible in ancient wall
JERUSALEM – An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.JERUSALEM – An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.
Israel discovers large Byzantine-era wine press
Joe just recently received his M.A. from Villanova University. Here’s a book he recommends:
Joe Reports a New Discovery:
Here is a leaf from Codex Sinaiticus, a fragment of which was just found. It had been recycled to form the binding for another book.
The Greeks built temples where their respective gods and goddesses would feel right at home:
For example, Demeter, the goddess of grain and fertility, and Dionysos, the god of wine, both were venerated on fertile, well-structured soils called Xerolls, which are ideal for grain cultivation.
Artemis, the virgin huntress, and her brother Apollo, the god of light and the Sun, were worshiped in rocky Orthent and Xerept soils suitable only for nomadic herding.
And maritime deities, such as Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Poseidon, the sea god, were revered on Calcid soils on coastal terraces too dry for agriculture.
Oldest Hebrew Inscription found (Oct 29, 2008)
Some Opinion Journal articles I missed; old but still good:
The IRS threatens church leaders who talk about politics.
BY BRENDAN MINITER
Gardening in times of war.
BY JANE GARMEY
BY WILLIAM ANTHONY HAY
Why did masters want their slaves to be Christians?
BY NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY
In 1978, scholar Albert Raboteau published “Slave Religion,” a groundbreaking book that set out to explain “the invisible institution in the Antebellum South.”
“From the very beginning of the ,” Mr. Raboteau writes, “conversion of the slaves to Christianity was viewed by the emerging nations of Western Christendom as a justification for the enslavement of Africans.” But there was also a recognition of the danger that could accompany such transformations. “Masters understood,” Mr. Raboteau told me in a recent interview, “that there was something subversive about the whole notion of fellowship, brotherhood and sisterhood [in Christianity] that would lead slaves to think more highly of themselves.”
August 29, 2008: ATHENS, Greece – A priceless gold wreath has been unearthed in an ancient city in northern Greece, buried with human bones in a large copper vase that workers initially took for a land mine. Yahoo News.
By VESELIN TOSHKOV, Associated Press Writer Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press Writer – Thu Aug 7, 8:24 am ET SOFIA, Bulgaria – Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,900-year-old well-preserved chariot at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria, the head of the excavation said Thursday. Yahoo News.
A mummy of a middle-aged woman dating to Ancient Greek times has been discovered in a lead coffin inside a marble sarcophagus, the first clear indication of embalming in Greece from the era when the Romans ruled there. Yahoo News.
- Sara Goudarzi
- For National Geographic News
March 14, 2008
- Experts have digitally reconstructed Rome‘s earliest major temple, the Temple of Apollo, built by the first Roman emperor, Augustus (more; photo)
Ancient Brain Surgery
Thessaloníki, Greece; March 12, 2008—Greek archaeologists believe a large hole in the skull of a third-century A.D. skeleton is rare evidence of ancient—and failed—brain surgery. The patient, a young woman, is believed to have died during or shortly after the operation. (more from National Geographic)
SCIENCE | February 12, 2008
5200 B.C. Is New Date for Farms in Egypt
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
A new discovery may provide insights about the farmers and some answers to the questions of how, why and when Egyptians adopted farming.
A Rabbi Who Talks With Jesus
By Dinesh D’Souza
Monday, February 11, 2008
Pope Benedict has a favorite rabbi, none other than the distinguished Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner. At first glance this is a puzzle. Many years ago Neusner wrote a book called A Rabbi Talks With Jesus. In it, he noted, “I explain why, if I had been in the land of Israel in the first century, I would not have joined the circle of Jesus’ disciples.” (More)
SCIENCE | February 5, 2008
An Altar Beyond Olympus for a Deity Predating Zeus
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Archaeologists say they have found the ashes, bones and other evidence of animal sacrifices to some pre-Zeus deity on the summit of Mount Lykaion in
Future Farmer (Wall Street Journal Online)
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
January 30, 2008; Page A16
History records that previous commodity booms were not followed by mass starvation, resource wars and the end of civilization. John Atkin is out to make sure it doesn’t happen again. An agricultural zoologist by training, he serves as chief operating officer for crop protection at Switzerland’s Syngenta, a competitor to the U.S. giant Monsanto in the controversial business of agricultural technology.
Of the recent surge in prices for all manner of foodstuffs, he says don’t blame biofuels. Coffee and frozen orange juice are up, and they don’t go into your gas tank or compete for land with ethanol-related crops. (more)
First Temple seal found in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post Jan 17, 2008
A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in Jerusalem’s City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.
The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name “Temech” engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig.
According to the Book of Nehemiah, the Temech family were servants of the First Temple and were sent into exile to Babylon following its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.
A challenge to believers — and non-believers
By Dinesh D’Souza
Monday, October 8, 2007 (Townhall)
My new book What’s So Great About Christianity starts hitting the stores this week. It’s the first comprehensive answer to the atheist books out there, such as Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great. I’m debating Hitchens in New York on October 22, and if you’d like to attend the details are at http://www.tkc.edu. I’d also like to kick some of the atheists off the bestseller lists. You can help by ordering my book online or asking for it at your local bookstore. But first let me tell you why I wrote the book and what it is about. . . .
Instead of engaging this secular world, most Christians have taken the easy way out. They have retreated into a Christian subculture where they engage Christian concerns. Then they step back into secular society, where their Christianity is kept out of sight until the next church service. Without realizing it Christians have become postmodernists of a sort: they live by the gospel of the two truths. There is religious truth, reserved for Sundays and days of worship, and there is secular truth, which applies the rest of the time. (More)
The Well Spring
Maybe Christianity in Europe hasn’t run dry.
From the Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal
BY KYLE WINGFIELD
Friday, November 23, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
BRUSSELS–Old ladies sitting in otherwise empty churches. That’s the picture most of my American friends have of spirituality in Europe. Well, that or a continent being overrun by jihadist Muslims. It’s not an entirely incorrect picture (the empty churches, not the scimitar-wielding immigrants). How is it, then, that a guy like me, Bible Belt-born and -bred, lifetime churchgoer, has found spiritual renewal in this pit of secularism? And am I the only (More)
Mesopotamian sculpture sells for record 57 million dollars
The carved Guennol Lioness, measuring just over eight centimeters (3 1/4 inches) tall, was described byas one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands.
(Yahoo News . . . more)