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Early makeup kit may confirm biblical story
The Baltimore Sun / AP ^ | February 23, 2004

Posted on 02/23/2004 8:08:10 AM PST by Walkin Man

Early makeup kit may confirm biblical story

Excavation: Israeli archaeologists find 2,500- year-old accessories, which likely belonged to Jews who returned from exile in Babylon.

Associated Press

February 23, 2004

JERUSALEM -- Israeli archaeologists excavating caves near the Dead Sea discovered jewelry, a makeup kit and a small mirror -- 2,500-year-old fashion accessories for women.

The trove apparently belonged to Jews who returned from exile in Babylon in the 6th century B.C., said Tsvika Tsuk, chief archaeologist for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

"This find is very rare. Both for the richness of the find and for that period, it is almost unheard of," Tsuk said Friday.

Using metal detectors, archaeologists found the treasures under a stone-like accumulation of sediment thrown up by a nearby spring.

They included a necklace made of 130 beads of semiprecious stones and gold; a scarab; an agate medallion of Babylonian origin; and a silver pendant with an engraved crescent moon and pomegranates.

What appears to be a makeup kit contained an alabaster bowl for powders, a stick to apply the cosmetics and a bronze mirror. They also found a pagan stamp showing a Babylonian priest bowing to the moon.

"These finds confirm the [biblical] accounts of Jews returning from exile in Babylon," Tsuk said.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Israel; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; artifacts; babylon; bible; deadsea; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; letshavejerusalem

1 posted on 02/23/2004 8:08:10 AM PST by Walkin Man
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To: Walkin Man
Very cool!

Thanks for posting it!
2 posted on 02/23/2004 8:13:28 AM PST by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Walkin Man
Actually, that story is not part of the Bible. (Not like I would expect a reporter to know that, but hey)
3 posted on 02/23/2004 8:17:14 AM PST by thoughtomator ("What do I know? I'm just the President." - George W. Bush, Superbowl XXXVIII pregame statement)
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To: Walkin Man
Early rest stop bump!
4 posted on 02/23/2004 8:43:33 AM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: Walkin Man
Bump for later.
5 posted on 02/23/2004 8:47:14 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: thoughtomator
Read Ezra and Nehemiah.
6 posted on 02/23/2004 8:51:18 AM PST by Buggman (President Bush sends his regards.)
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To: Walkin Man
I don't understand. The crescent moon is a symbol of muslim faith and the scarab is a sacred symbol of Egyptians. How does these belongings prove to be property of a jew? It seems otherwise to me.
7 posted on 02/23/2004 9:03:04 AM PST by m1-lightning (God, Guns, and Country!)
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To: Buggman
Isn't this referring to Esther?
8 posted on 02/23/2004 9:06:10 AM PST by thoughtomator ("What do I know? I'm just the President." - George W. Bush, Superbowl XXXVIII pregame statement)
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To: Walkin Man
Interesting I found this in the bible (Isaiah 3):

16 The LORD says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. 17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald." 18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,

9 posted on 02/23/2004 9:10:24 AM PST by m1-lightning (God, Guns, and Country!)
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To: m1-lightning
The crescent moon was worshipped by earlier civilisations (e.g. Abraham's family in Ur in Irq were worshippers of the moon God Sin.
10 posted on 02/23/2004 10:07:50 AM PST by Cronos (W2K4!)
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To: m1-lightning
A good reference = http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/moongod.htm
11 posted on 02/23/2004 10:11:23 AM PST by Cronos (W2K4!)
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To: Walkin Man
Read later.
12 posted on 02/23/2004 10:19:13 AM PST by EagleMamaMT
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To: Walkin Man
Helen Thomas was wondering where she left that thing.
13 posted on 02/23/2004 11:32:02 AM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Walkin Man
Maxus Factorus?
15 posted on 02/23/2004 11:44:59 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (Dogs have masters; Cats have staff...)
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To: Walkin Man
I know who dropped it.


16 posted on 02/23/2004 11:48:13 AM PST by ccmay
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To: TonyRo76
What's BCE?
17 posted on 02/23/2004 12:50:13 PM PST by m1-lightning (God, Guns, and Country!)
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To: m1-lightning
I believe it's "Before Current Era". (Before Christ isn't politically correct you know. Although I'm thinking that B.C. was latin anyway - but meant something like before Christ.)
18 posted on 02/23/2004 1:47:52 PM PST by geopyg (Democracy, whiskey, sexy)
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To: m1-lightning
What's BCE?

Before the Common Era. Originally used by Jews (later picked up by Moslems) instead of "B.C."; has been adopted by historians and archaeologists who study the Middle East (since they spend a lot of time dealing with Jewish and Moslem governments to get permission for their digs.)

19 posted on 02/23/2004 1:52:55 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: ccmay
That's good but I'm pretty sure Helen has at least 1500 years on Ms. Messner. If you haven't seen any episodes of "The Sureal Life" you missed the lady really sticking it to Ron Jeremy every time he kept hitting on her. She regained my respect by maintaining her values throughout a venue designed to bring her down. Yeah!

She also gets cool points for playing Mimi's mother in the Drew Carrey Show.
20 posted on 02/23/2004 4:24:09 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: TonyRo76
"BCE" and "CE" ("Before/Common Era") are the modern secularists' latest attempt to eradicate all references to Christ, and make everything generic and PC.

These acronyms have really caught on in the academic world. But to me, any writer who uses them instantly curtails his credibility—betraying his secular bias.

No, it's done so that jews muslims and christians can all use the same calender. It's only 2004 in the Christian callender, it's a different year for the jews and still another year in the muslim calender. A researcher can cite a jewish, or muslim, or christian, or hindi, etc source without first having to research to find out which calender he's using.

23 posted on 02/24/2004 5:00:06 AM PST by Sci Fi Guy
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