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  • Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy (A Preserved Library from 1340BC discovered!)

    01/19/2003 11:04:10 AM PST · by vannrox · 9 replies · 375+ views
    UK Independent ^ | 19 January 2003 | By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • Archaeologists and geographers team to predict locations of ancient Buddhist sites [Ashoka's Edicts]

    05/31/2016 3:51:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    UCLA ^ | May 26, 2016 | Jessica Wolf
    For archaeologists and historians interested in the ancient politics, religion and language of the Indian subcontinent, two UCLA professors and their student researchers have creatively pinpointed sites that are likely to yield valuable transcriptions of the proclamations of Ashoka, the Buddhist king of northern India's Mauryan Dynasty who ruled from 304 B.C. to 232 B.C. In a study published this week in Current Science, archaeologist Monica Smith and geographer Thomas Gillespie identified 121 possible locations of what are known as Ashoka's "edicts." First they isolated shared features of 29 known locations of Ashokan edicts, which were found carved into natural...
  • Who Wrote the Books of the Bible?: New Book Addresses Historical Origins of the Bible

    02/16/2007 2:06:00 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies · 1,290+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | Feb. 16, 2007
    LAPORTE, Ind., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- C. Jack Trickler presents a clear and accessible study of the people who wrote the books of the Bible, their motivations and the historical, political and social settings in which they wrote in his new book, "A Layman's Guide to Who Wrote the Books of the Bible?" (now available through AuthorHouse). Trickler discusses his own theories, as well as those of other religious scholars, to offer a thorough, well-researched argument. "When you get into the Bible, you see enough evidence that the Bible was written by humans that you have to say, 'Well, who...
  • Did Jesus have a crew-cut? Lifestyles of ancient Israel's rich and famous

    12/12/2013 2:13:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Haaretz ^ | December 10, 2013 | Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
    The city of Caesarea has been in the news recently, for the lavish lifestyle of certain contemporary residents. Yet the people of the seaside city also seem to have lived high on the hog in ancient history. Archaeologists have found surprisingly detailed records of sumptuous eating, drinking, dressing and housing customs of the wealthy – though it seems women only got to partake of the luxury within the home. Rich then was like rich now – a matter of means. In a discussion on “who is rich” in the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbat (25b), Rabbi Meir simply said a truly...
  • Mosaic in Israel Shows Biblical Samson

    07/05/2012 4:40:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/4/12 | Joe Sterling
    (CNN) -- Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription. The synagogue -- dating to the fourth and fifth centuries in both the Talmudic and late Roman periods -- is in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the country's Galilee region, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said. Jodi Magness, a professor of early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the building was found in a recent excavation. She...
  • Jesus was son of an architect, book claims

    04/07/2010 7:19:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 109 replies · 1,677+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02 April 2010 | Telegraph
    Jesus was the son of a middle-class, highly educated architect, according to a new book, which claims the previous belief that Joseph worked as a carpenter has distorted the Bible's meaning. The book- The Jesus Discovery- claims that Jesus rose to become the most senior Rabbi of his time, thus explaining how he was able to exert such influence and why his teachings became such a concern to the authorities. Author Dr Adam Bradford, who works as a GP, drew his conclusions after studying and comparing the original Greek and Hebrew scriptures, as well as using human psychology to analyse...
  • Israel: first Jesus-era house found in Nazareth

    12/21/2009 5:51:57 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,167+ views
    Google ^ | December 21, 2009
    NAZARETH, Israel — Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time of Jesus.They say the find sheds a new light on what Nazareth might have been like in Jesus' time — probably a small hamlet with about 50 houses populated by poor Jews.Archaeologist Yardena Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority says remains of a wall, a hideout and a cistern were found after builders dug up a convent courtyard.Alexandre said Monday archeologists also found clay and chalk vessels used by Galilean Jews of the time — an...
  • Ancient Marble Figurine of a Roman Boxer Found in City Of David

    01/27/2009 9:53:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 754+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-27-09 | Hana Levi Julian
    ( Archaeologists have discovered an 1,800-year-old marble figurine of what is believed to be the head of a Roman boxer. The bust was found during excavations in the area of the Givati car park in the City of David, across the street from the Dung Gate leading to the Western Wall (Kotel). The figurine, which depicts the head of a man with a short, curly beard, is carved from pale yellow marble and might indicate the raw material came from Asia Minor, according to excavation directors Dr. Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets. "The high level of finish on the figurine...
  • Hebrew U. archaeological excavations uncover Roman temple in Zippori (Sepphoris)

    08/11/2008 11:11:31 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies · 59+ views
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ^ | Aug 11, 2008 | Unknown
    Findings show signs of mixed city of Jews, pagans and ChristiansRuins of a Roman temple from the second century CE have recently been unearthed in the Zippori National Park in Israel. Above the temple are foundations of a church from the Byzantine period. The excavations, which were undertaken by the Noam Shudofsky Zippori Expedition led by of Prof. Zeev Weiss of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, shed light on the multi-cultural society of ancient Zippori. The discovery indicated that Zippori, the Jewish capital of the Galilee during the Roman period, had a significant pagan population...
  • 'Basic Instinct' Director Paul Verhoeven: Jesus Was Son of Mary, Rapist

    04/23/2008 8:48:15 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 104 replies · 179+ views
    Fox News website ^ | 4/23/08 | Paul Verhoeven
    <p>In his upcoming biography of Jesus, "Basic Instinct" director Paul Verhoeven will say that Jesus was probably the son of Mary and a Roman soldier who raped her during the Jewish uprising in Galilee, according to the Hollywood Reporter.</p> <p>Verhoeven also claims that Christ was not betrayed by Judas Iscariot.</p>
  • Archaeologists Find Ancient Israel Tunnels (used during revolt against Romans 66 to 70 A.D.)

    03/13/2006 6:55:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 907+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/13/06 | Laura Resnick - ap
    JERUSALEM - Underground chambers and tunnels used during a Jewish revolt against the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago have been uncovered in northern Israel, archaeologists said Monday. The Jews laid in supplies and were preparing to hide from the Romans during their revolt in A.D. 66-70, the experts said. The pits, which are linked by short tunnels, would have served as a concealed subterranean home. Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority said the find shows the ancient Jews planned and prepared for the uprising, contrary to the common perception that the revolt began spontaneously. "It definitely was not spontaneous,"...
  • Literacy in the Time of Jesus - Could His Words Have Been Recorded in His Lifetime?

    02/07/2006 10:41:13 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 27 replies · 1,140+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | Jul/Aug 2003 | Alan Millard
    Literacy in the Time of Jesus Could His Words Have Been Recorded in His Lifetime? Sidebar: Writing Tablets Sidebar: Priceless Garbage How likely is it that someone would have written down and collected Jesus’ sayings into a book in Jesus’ lifetime? Several lines of evidence converge to suggest it is quite probable. The first factor to consider is how prevalent literacy was in Jesus’ time. Full literacy means being able to read and write proficiently, but degrees of literacy vary; people who can read, for example, may not be able to write. A common view is that of W.H....
  • Romans May Have Learned From Chinese Great Wall: Archaeologists

    12/20/2005 9:59:10 AM PST · by blam · 41 replies · 1,640+ views
    Romans may have learned from Chinese Great Wall: archaeologists The construction of the Roman Limes was quite possibly influenced by the concept of the Great Wall in China, though the two great buildings of the world are far away from each other, said archaeologists and historians. Although there is no evidence that the two constructions had any direct connections, indirect influence from the Great Wall on the Roman Limes is certain, said Visy Zsolt, a professor with the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology of the University of Pecs in Hungary. Visy made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua...
  • Top Ten New Testament Archaeological Finds of the Past 150 Years

    09/25/2004 9:41:10 PM PDT · by restornu · 21 replies · 515+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 09/23/2003 | By Ben Witherington III
    Mention archaeology to most people and they think of dramatic finds of artifacts that confirm or confute some cherished belief about antiquity or ancient history. The truth about archaeological explorations, however, is somewhat less dramatic and much more mundane most of the time. Rarely does one find something that relates to a specific person or a specific event. Most of the time one must be content with helping fill out the picture of the social world or context of some part of the ancient world—evidence of how people lived, what burial customs they followed, what sort of houses they built,...
  • Unearthed: The Humble Origins Of World Diplomacy (Hittites)

    01/18/2003 2:51:58 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies · 847+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-19-2003 | David Keys
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • Syria's mysterious Dead Cities

    01/14/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 678+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday January 9, 2010 | Kevin Rushby
    The stone window ledge has two rows of seven shallow depressions cut into it, and I am sitting next to them, trying to remember where on earth I've seen this pattern before. Far away, beyond the massive fortifications and the moat, are the white-capped mountains of Lebanon. I had not expected to see so much snow around, but then Syria throws up surprises all the time. Even this 12th-century crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers, a fabulous place long picked over by archaeologists and historians, is full of mysteries. Like the timeworn inscription I found tucked away in a corner: "Ceso:...
  • 'Ancient Hebrew inscriptions' baffle Israeli archaeologists

    08/08/2015 7:56:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 August 2015 | unattributed
    Israeli archaeologists say they are trying to decode ancient inscriptions written in Hebrew script discovered at a dig in Jerusalem. The writing was found on the walls of a room containing the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, or mikveh, believed to be about 2,000 years old. Experts are now trying to decipher words and symbols including a boat and palm trees. They say the markings may be graffiti or have some religious significance. One of the symbols could be a menorah - the seven-branched candelabrum which stood in the two Biblical Jewish Temples in Jerusalem - and some of...
  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 3:56:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 241 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/15
    The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of Mary, worshiped in Christianity as the mother of Jesus, was erected in its center, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, a language spoken by Jews in Israel at the time Jesus was said to have...
  • Medicine's Hidden Roots in an Ancient Manuscript

    06/02/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2015 | Mark Schrope
    A Syriac scholar at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, Dr. Kessel was sitting in the library of the manuscript's owner, a wealthy collector of rare scientific material in Baltimore. At that moment, Dr. Kessel realized that just three weeks earlier, in a library at Harvard University, he had seen a single orphaned page that was too similar to these pages to be coincidence. The manuscript he held contained a hidden translation of an ancient, influential medical text by Galen of Pergamon, a Greco-Roman physician and philosopher who died in 200 A.D. It was missing pages and Dr. Kessel was suddenly...
  • Six Great Mysteries of the Bible

    08/08/2013 2:56:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 8, 2013 | STEPHEN BEALE
    The Old Testament answers some of the greatest questions of all time—where did we come from? Why do we desire the good yet do evil? Why do our souls yearn for eternity while our bodies yield to death and decay?Yet, the Hebrew Scriptures leave so many other tantalizing questions unanswered. These mysteries have nagged at the Christian imagination for centuries, inspired epic quests, and stumped some of the greatest minds of the Church.Here are six of the greatest mysteries of the Old Testament. (Note to readers: the focus is on historical questions, not scientific issues, such as the six days...
  • Bene Israel hail DNA result {Indian Jewish history dating back 2000 years}

    10/04/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    Times of India ^ | July 22, 2002 | Manjiri Damie
    They have adopted mehendi and haldi ceremonies from Indian weddings, they speak fluent Marathi and many of them have enrolled their children in Marathi medium schools. As fond as they are of their adoptive home, the 250-odd members of the Bene Israel community in the city were pleasantly surprised to open the Sunday Times of India on July 21. An STOI exclusive report highlighted the results of four-year-long DNA tests in London which confirms their genetical link to the "original children of Israel" (literal translation of Bene Israel), who are said to have migrated to this country 2,000 years ago....
  • Mysterious tombs discovered on Pamirs Plateau [ interior of China ]

    10/16/2011 7:42:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | unattributed
    Chinese archaeologists have discovered an unidentified cluster of tombs on the Pamirs Plateau, unveiling a new mystery on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road. Eights tombs, each two meters in diameter, were arranged on a 100-meter-long and 50-meter-wide terrace, with lines of black stones and lines of white stones stretching alongside like rays, according to the archaeology team with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that found the tombs in Xinjiang's Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, a border region neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan, in October. "The tombs are peculiar. No similar ones had been detected before on the Pamirs Plateau,...
  • Archaeological findings throw light on trade links with south-east Asia

    08/23/2010 5:00:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    DNA India ^ | Monday, August 23, 2010 | unattributed
    Several archaeological materials excavated from various sites in Thailand have been found to be "stunningly" similar to ones found in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh throwing light on trade with south east Asian countries centuries ago, a senior Archaeologist said. Many materials including seals used by Kings, beads, and pottery with brahmi inscriptions were of Indian origin and these could be assigned to second-third century AD, D.Dayalan, superintending archaeologist, Temple Research Project, New Delhi, told PTI. "Quite interesting among the findings is a gold plaque with brahmi letters.The letter found on the plaque like "ti" (in looped form) is found...
  • Are the Taliban Descended From One of Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    01/09/2010 7:56:47 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 47 replies · 1,684+ views
    The Lid/jpost ^ | 1/9/09 | The Lid
    Every Friday night observant Jews bless their sons by saying, "may you be like Manasseh and Ephraim," the two sons of the biblical Joseph, who were the first Jews, born outside of the Holy Land. The blessing expresses the hope that, just like Joseph's sons, today's Jewish sons will hold fast to their religion despite the fact they live in the diaspora. Manasseh and Ephraim are two of the famous lost ten tribes, who were carted away into exile more than 2,500 years ago. Descendants of the tribe of Manasseh have been found living in India, and many of them...
  • Indian ancestry revealed

    09/23/2009 5:45:59 PM PDT · by BGHater · 64 replies · 4,635+ views
    Nature News ^ | 23 Sep 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    The mixing of two distinct lineages led to most modern-day Indians. The population of India was founded on two ancient groups that are as genetically distinct from each other as they are from other Asians, according to the largest DNA survey of Indian heritage to date. Nowadays, however, most Indians are a genetic hotchpotch of both ancestries, despite the populous nation's highly stratified social structure. "All Indians are pretty similar," says Chris Tyler-Smith, a genome researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge, UK, who was not involved in the study. "The population subdivision has not had a dominating...
  • Cyrus cylinder's ancient bill of rights 'is just propaganda'

    07/16/2008 9:48:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 259+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/16/2008 | Harry de Quetteville
    A 2500 year old Persian treasure dubbed the world's 'first bill of human rights' has been branded a piece of shameless 'propaganda' by German historians. The Cyrus cylinder, which is held by the British Museum, is a legacy of Cyrus the Great - the Persian emperor famed for freeing the Jews of ancient Babylon after conquering the city in 539 BC. A copy of the cylinder, which is covered in cuneiform script supposed to detail the ancient charter of rights, also hangs next to the Security Council Chamber in the United Nations headquarters in New York, where it is held...
  • Christian Designs Found In Tomb Stones Of Eastern Han Dynasty

    08/04/2002 3:00:50 PM PDT · by blam · 156 replies · 4,430+ views ^ | 8-2-2002
    Christian Designs Found in Tomb Stones of Eastern Han Dynasty [2002-08-02] Studies show that as early as 86 A.D., or the third year under the reign of "Yuanhe" of Eastern Han, Dynasty Christianity entered into China, 550 years earlier than the world accepted time. When studying a batch of stone carvings of Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 A.D.) stored and exhibited in the Museum of Xuzhou Han Stone Carvings, Christian theology professor Wang Weifan was greatly surprised by some stone engravings demonstrating the Bible stories and designs of early Christian times. Further studies showed that some of these engravings were made...
  • Did Israel's Lost Tribes end up in Afghanistan?

    02/02/2002 9:22:59 PM PST · by CommiesOut · 95 replies · 1,032+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03 FEB 2002 | Tom Heneghan
    Did Israel's Lost Tribes end up in Afghanistan? By Tom Heneghan KABUL, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Considering all they shunned and shattered in their quest for pure Islam, Afghanistan's now vanquished Taliban seem to have overlooked the awkward legend that they were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. The Pashtun tribes that produced the Taliban, one of the most zealous sects the Muslim world has ever seen, have traditionally traced their roots to the Jews who disappeared after the Babylonian Captivity in the sixth century B.C. The legend, which seems bizarre in light of Jewish-Muslim tensions since the creation ...
  • The Key to Jesus’ Ministry in One Word: ‘Ephphatha’

    04/13/2015 5:10:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    He slipped His fingers in the man’s ears. Spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. Then He looked up to heaven and groaned.“Ephphatha!” Jesus said.So goes the account of the healing of the deaf man near the Sea of Galilee, as told in Mark.The word is one of a handful of words in Aramaic—believed to be the vernacular language of Jesus—that survived into the Greek New Testament. We don’t have to find an Aramaic dictionary to discover the meaning of this word. Mark readily supplies a definition: Be opened! Immediately, then, we are told that the man’s ears were “opened”...
  • What Language Did Jesus Speak?

    01/17/2015 9:07:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 200 replies ^ | September 26, 2008 | Mickey Addison
    September 26, 2008 What Language Did Jesus Speak? Mickey AddisonThis week we leave the Culture Wars behind and return to some basic apologetics…well, some interesting information about the Scriptures that informs our apologetics.I once had a discussion with a person who insisted that Our Divine Lord spoke only Hebrew.  The conversation had begun centered around the word “rock” in St Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 16:18), but quickly devolved into a debate about ancient languages.  My friend held that the word “rock” couldn’t possibly refer to St. Peter because the Gospel was written in Greek, and the Greek words used in...
  • Nun Pleads for Christians Raped, Sold, Killed by ISIS

    12/23/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Maudeen · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 23, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Refugees live 'like animals' in camps ...........................Sister Hatune points to the fact that 96 percent of the people who populated the Middle East at the turn of the eighth century were Christian. Now, that Christian population has dwindled to 6 percent. Turkey was once almost all Christian, but now it is 0.03 percent Christian. Iraq had 1 million Christians under Saddam Hussein, but now only a few thousand remain, and the churches of Baghdad will be mostly empty this Christmas. “Where are these Christians? Where are these people? Just ask yourself,” said the fiery nun, whose native tongue is Aramaic.
  • First Aramean registers in Israel

    10/21/2014 5:20:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-21-14
    The law instituting the Aramean nationality passed on September 18, creating an officially recognized Christian minority group. The first Israeli to register under the new Israeli Aramaean nationality is two-year-old Yaakov Halul, the son of Aramaic leaders in Northern Israel. The child’s parents, Sha’di and Oxana Halul, waited two years after their son's birth to register his nationality, so he could officially register as Aramaean, as opposed to Arab. They finally registered the child as Aramean earlier this week. Sha’di Halul serves as a captain in an IDF reserves paratroopers unit and is head of the Aramaic Masonite Heritage Center,...
  • Pope Francis’s unfriendly visit

    05/28/2014 6:03:57 PM PDT · by DManA · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/27/13 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    In one of his blander pronouncements during the papal visit, Netanyahu mentioned on Monday that Jesus spoke Hebrew. There was nothing incorrect about Netanyahu’s statement. Jesus was after all, an Israeli Jew. But Francis couldn’t take the truth. So he indelicately interrupted his host, interjecting, “Aramaic.” Netanyahu was probably flustered. True, at the time, educated Jews spoke and wrote in Aramaic. And Jesus was educated. But the language of the people was Hebrew. And Jesus preached to the people, in Hebrew. Netanyahu responded, “He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew.” Reuters’ write-up of the incident tried to explain away the...
  • Pope Francis' unfriendly visit

    05/28/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/28/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman were right when they blamed the noxious anti-Israel incitement rampant in Europe for Saturday's murderous shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels >>SNIP<< Pope Benedict XVI was perceived as a friend of Israel, despite his childhood membership in the Hitler Youth. His opposition to Islam's rejection of reason, eloquently expressed at his speech at the University of Regensburg in 2006, positioned him as a religious champion of reason, individual responsibility and law — Judaism's primary contributions to humanity. His predecessor Pope John Paul II was less willing to confront Islamic...
  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/26/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 May 2014 | Reuters
    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back. Like many things in the Middle East, where the pope is on the last leg of a three-day visit, modern-day discourse about Jesus is complicated and often political. A Jew, Jesus was born in...
  • Mohammed in the "Gospel" of Barnabas - ZOT for the Theologians

    07/17/2006 9:05:28 AM PDT · by parakletos · 3,619 replies · 13,640+ views
    The GREAT PROPHET MOHAMMED was mentioned by name in the forgotten gospel of Barnabas,who was one of the disciples of THE GREAT PROPHET JESUS CHRIST. The gospel is here: in the aforementioned site,make a search for the word "mohammed". heres a sample: from part 97 Then said the priest: `How shall the Messiah be called, and what sign shall reveal his coming?' Jesus answered: `The name of the Messiah is admirable, for God himself gave him the name when he had created his soul, and placed it in a celestial splendour. God said: "Wait Mohammed; for thy sake I...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity [Barf Alert}

    05/24/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    WND ^ | May 24, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse worldwide of Christianity Turkish authorities believe the text could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus’ apostles and an associate of the apostle Paul. This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims. The Christian world, it says, denies...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity

    05/25/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT · by null and void · 54 replies
    WND ^ | 5/21/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming a purported Gospel of Barnabas, discovered in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion, causing the collapse worldwide of Christianity. In the Barnabas text held by Turkey, chapter 41 states: “God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written ‘La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah,’” meaning Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet. According to the Barnabas Gospel in Turkey’s hands, Jesus was never crucified,...
  • Secret Ł14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/29/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/28/2012
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The Ł14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming. The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation...
  • 1,500-Year-Old Handwritten Bible Kept in Ankara, Ministry Confirms

    03/18/2012 11:25:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012
    The minister of culture and tourism on Thursday confirmed media reports suggesting that a 1,500-year-old Bible that was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000 is being kept in Ankara today. According to media reports on Thursday, the Bible was seized from a gang smuggling artifacts during a police operation in southern Turkey in 2010 and reportedly preserves its originality and many traces of the period in which it originated. The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the Bible, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe at an...
  • "Ancient" Syriac bible found in Cyprus

    02/06/2009 9:35:02 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 48 replies · 1,728+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2009 | Sarah Ktisti and Simon Bahceli
    NICOSIA (Reuters Life!) - Authorities in northern Cyprus believe they have found an ancient version of the Bible written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. The manuscript was found in a police raid on suspected antiquity smugglers. Turkish Cypriot police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript could be about 2,000 years old. The manuscript carries excerpts of the Bible written in gold lettering on vellum and loosely strung together, photos provided to Reuters showed. One page carries a drawing of a tree, and another eight lines of Syriac script. Experts were however divided...
  • Cold case: Did archaeologists find the last Maccabean king, after all?

    04/30/2014 11:14:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ariel David
    In 1970, a rock-cut tomb was discovered by workers building a private house in Jerusalem's Givat Hamivtar neighborhood. Inside the two-chambered burial, dating back to the first century BCE, archeologists found a decorated ossuary – a limestone box containing the bones of the deceased – and an enigmatic Aramaic inscription affixed to the wall. "I am Abba, son of Eleazar the priest," proclaimed the 2,000-year-old text. "I am Abba, the oppressed, the persecuted, born in Jerusalem and exiled to Babylon, who brought back Mattathiah son of Judah and buried him in the cave that I purchased." Who was Abba, this...
  • Archaeologists Excavate Ancient Aramean City in Israel

    03/22/2014 6:31:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | unattributed
    Today the location is known as Tel Abel Beth Maacah, an archaeological site that has been identified by biblical scholars as the likely location of an ancient city that, at one time, may have had important Aramean connections. It is mentioned a number of times in the biblical account, including the battle related to the revolt against David by Sheba ben Bichri. In the early 19th century BCE it was conquered by Ben-hadad of Damascus, and by the Neo-Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III in 733 BCE. Scholars suggest that it may have been at one time the capital of the Aramean...
  • Prophets, sex & archeology

    01/14/2014 4:28:24 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 12, 2014, | Simcha Jacobovici
    t is probably one of the greatest finds of all time and, by the bizarre rules of biblical archeology, it’s also one of the least reported. Basically, in 1967, in Deir Alla, Jordan, Dutch archeologists discovered some kind of pagan house of worship or seminary. On its walls, there was a 2,800-year-old inscription in black ink. Key phrases are highlighted in red ink and the whole writing is framed in red. First of all, this is the oldest Aramaic inscription every found. But if that’s not enough to make it a world-headline, the inscription is 600-800 years older than the...
  • Maronite Christians Seek To Revive Aramaic Language

    10/12/2012 11:32:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 10/12/12 | Ksenia Svetlova
    Ancient Israeli Minority Hopes To Win Community RecognitionOn a hot August day in the Galilee, a group of schoolchildren in the Arab Christian village of Jish counted diligently, from one to 10, after their instructor. But the words, though similar to Arabic and Hebrew, were neither. ”Chada, tarteyn, telat, arba, khamesh,” they recited, ”shet, shva, tamney, teysha, asar.”At this unique summer camp, some 85 children were being immersed in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke and in which the Gemara — one of the Talmud’s two major books — was written. Once the Middle East’s lingua franca, Aramaic is an almost...
  • Schools try to revive Aramaic

    06/06/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | Diaa Hadid
    In the Palestinian village of Beit Jala, an older generation of Aramaic speakers is trying to share the language with their grandchildren. Beit Jala sits next to Bethlehem, where the New Testament says Jesus was born. And in the Arab-Israeli village of Jish, nestled in the Galilean hills where Jesus lived and preached, elementary school children now are being instructed in Aramaic. The children belong mostly to the Maronite Christian community, where members still chant their liturgy in Aramaic, though few understand the prayers. “We want to speak the language that Jesus spoke,” said Carla Hadad, a 10-year-old Jish girl...
  • Secret Ł14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/25/2012 11:40:31 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Daily Mail
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The Ł14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.
  • 1500 year-old ‘ Syriac ‘ Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • The Aramaic Language is Being Resurrected in Israel

    10/01/2011 3:31:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 9/24/11 | Marco Tosatti
    Two television channels have been involved in initiatives to bring to life, once again, the language that Jesus and his contemporaries spoke. Today, it is spoken by 400 thousand people throughout the worldTwo Israeli television channels are trying to see to it that Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and his contemporaries in that region of the Roman Empire, will once again become a living language and not just be an almost extinct curiosity for scholars of Semitic languages to study. “Suroyo TV” and “Suryoyo TV” offer an endless supply of material for online discussion by fans so they can...
  • The Modern Hebrew Alphabet is Actually Aramaic

    04/09/2011 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 63 replies
    Hebrew Roots Project ^ | March 2011 | Reuven
    An example of ancient Hebrew script...a derivation of proto-Canaanite During the years I've been researching [My name is Reuven; An English teacher by profession, I...possess an insatiable desire to research anything pertaining to my Jewish roots. Born [and] raised in New York City, I have been an Israeli citizen for more than 30 years, and reside in the charming Galilian town of Karmiel] the Hebrew language and alphabet, I've been astounded to discover that the overwhelming majority of Jews and Christians - even observant ones - have been unaware of the existance of the original ancient Hebrew alphabet, the script...