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1,500 Year Old Church Found In Israel
Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN

Posted on 02/02/2011 2:50:25 PM PST by madison10

Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks...

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TOPICS: Current Events; History; Other Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: archeology; byzantine; church; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; hirbetmadras; israel; letshavejerusalem; zechariah
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1 posted on 02/02/2011 2:50:27 PM PST by madison10
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To: madison10

It will be open to the public for (two more weeks?) before it will be covered again in soil to preserve it.

WHAT?? Honestly, open it to the public. It is a beautiful thing of the past. The folks who worshipped there are no longer around. Preserve it for WHAT?


2 posted on 02/02/2011 3:02:08 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: bboop
Preserve it for WHAT?

Well, if history is any indicator, for the Muslims to destroy when they get "provoked" by historical artifacts that contradict their demonic fantasies.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

3 posted on 02/02/2011 3:04:18 PM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: bboop

According to the report they are trying to protect it until they can afford to open it up properly.


4 posted on 02/02/2011 3:09:19 PM PST by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....)
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To: Uriah_lost

Well, just maybe I should have read the entire article. :)


5 posted on 02/02/2011 3:11:09 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: bboop

They are witing for the Muslimd to build a mosque on top of it.


6 posted on 02/02/2011 3:27:59 PM PST by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: madison10

1,500 Year Old Church Found In Israel

...to be destroyed shortly after the establishment of the Caliphate.
7 posted on 02/02/2011 3:30:05 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: bboop
Maybe Simcha J. can do something involving good writing and campy stock footage. I love the program myself mostly due to the writing and use of campy stock footage.


8 posted on 02/02/2011 3:43:50 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: The Comedian

Yet they worship a moon rock in Mecca and call it a god.


9 posted on 02/02/2011 3:56:59 PM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: wally_bert

I like him also but am not a huge fan of his use of campy stock footage.

I liked his take on “Moses vs. Akhenaten” and his special with James Cameron on the Exodus.

He doesn’t give Christianity much slack however.


10 posted on 02/02/2011 4:00:23 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Standing by the walls of Minas Tirith as Sauron's forces pound the gates...)
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

My sense of humor is probably more in line with his, I would use things like that. When I am home on a weekday afternoon, I will have it on.


11 posted on 02/02/2011 4:07:35 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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12 posted on 02/02/2011 4:12:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: bboop

It is being looted. The hope is to get funding in the future to preserve it with a structure to prevent looting.


13 posted on 02/02/2011 4:22:10 PM PST by healy61
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May it be preserved and kept sacrosanct.


14 posted on 02/02/2011 6:51:11 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: The Comedian

The same liberals who are deluding themselves in this Egypt “protest for democracy” adore the acient Egyptian artifacts and civilization. Wait until their “freedom fighters” raze it.


15 posted on 02/02/2011 8:23:37 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: madison10; greyfoxx39

No evidence of the nephi or lamanites?


16 posted on 02/02/2011 8:54:47 PM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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17 posted on 02/03/2011 4:10:23 AM PST by bronxville
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Antiquities Robbery Prevention headed by Amir Ganor reportedly uncovered a 1,500-year-old church in Hirbet Madras in Israel. The 1,500-year-old church was said to be discovered several months in a pursuit to capture gang of grave robbers who had been plundering the ruins.

According to reports, archaeologists began digging at the site in December. The ancient church was said to be about the size of a basketball court and contained fallen marble pillars and a nearly pristine 10-meter-long unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks.

Ganor said that the floor was “one of the most beautiful mosaics to be uncovered in Israel in recent years.”

Furthermore, they also found a burial chamber that the Antiquities authority said that might have been venerated as the burial place of the Old Testament prophet Zecharia (Zechariah). However, the claim has not been proven and is still being studied, according to reports.

Meanwhile, international news websites reported that the 1,500-year-old church will be covered again with soil for its own protection. It will remain covered until funding is obtained to open it as a tourist site.
http://www.batangastoday.com/1500-year-old-church-discovered-in-hirbet-madras-in-israel-by-antiquities-robbery-prevention-headed-by-amir-ganor/9553/

Very interesting and amazing. The muslims have always claimed that they were the originators of mosaic tiling.


18 posted on 02/03/2011 4:15:33 AM PST by bronxville
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To: madison10

To who are the images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks representative of?


19 posted on 02/03/2011 5:41:34 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: bronxville
The muslims have always claimed that they were the originators of mosaic tiling.

Do you have a source for that? Their style is Arabesque and the mosaic tiles date back several hundred years before Christ.

These Christian sites are likely creations of the Monophysites that lived in the area.

20 posted on 02/03/2011 5:44:26 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dragonblustar
No evidence of the nephi or lamanites?

Guess not, but they DID find Joe's computer.

joe's computer desk

21 posted on 02/03/2011 7:17:41 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("This administration has turned off America's beacon to the world for freedom and left darkness")
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To: 1010RD

I come across their claims on ME forums - they have a habit of claiming everything...
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=moz35&va=mosaic+tiles+and+arabic+tiles

Perhaps you mean Arabic design?


22 posted on 02/03/2011 7:38:45 AM PST by bronxville
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To: healy61

Ah, thanks. I didn’t read carefully.


23 posted on 02/03/2011 7:45:21 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: bronxville

That’s ridiculous. They’ve got a solid claim on preserving, copying and transmitting knowledge, although they also improved some of it, but not mosaics.

BTW Arabesque is a geometric form of Islamic art.

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabesque


24 posted on 02/03/2011 12:47:42 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

Sorry, was in a hurry. I spent a few years post 9-11 debating on ME forums. I met Muslims/Coptics/Armenians/Assyrians etc., from all over. They have a whole other history thereagain so do we...:) The Turks are the worst!


25 posted on 02/03/2011 1:21:58 PM PST by bronxville
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