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  • ISIS barbarians destroy 2,000-year-old 'Gate of God' close to their Iraqi stronghold

    04/17/2016 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 24 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 4/17/16 | JEREMY ARMSTRONG
    ISIS barbarians have destroyed a 2,000-year-old gate close to their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. The breathtaking structure is known as the Gate of God, and used to guard the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh. The destruction of the ancient structure, also called the Mashki Gate, has been confirmed by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the Antiquities Department in Baghdad has not denied the demolition. The terrorists demolished the ancient gate using military equipment, according to activists in Mosul. ISIS thugs have destroyed many of Iraqi historic sites and monuments, including the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged...
  • Finding the Pool of Siloam: Historicity of the Gospel of John

    02/01/2016 11:25:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | January 26, 2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Since at least the fifth century, Christians had identified a spot in Jerusalem as the Pool of Siloam and the site of the miracle. But it was not until a decade ago that archaeologists found what they are certain is the ancient pool of Siloam. Like so many such finds, it was almost by accident. During construction work to repair a water pipe near the Temple Mount, Israeli archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron found "two ancient stone steps." According to Biblical Archaeology Review, "Further excavation revealed that they were part of a monumental pool from the Second Temple period,...
  • History Forgotten, the Armenian Genocide and the Assyrians Today

    12/29/2015 8:44:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/29/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “Around the world, Christians are facing violence, persecution, brutality in a way we have not seen in generations.” – Rey Flores, “The Wanderer” The leftist charlatans with their fake “war on women” movement are deafly silent in the face of a real genocide, the deliberate and brutal torture and killings of Christian men and women. Yazidi women and girls are kidnapped, raped, and driven into a life of slavery to ISIS as forced converts to Islam. A small army of resistance is fighting the scourge of ISIS, in a valiant attempt to save what is left of their tribes and...
  • Archaeologist Unearths Bibical Controversy

    01/26/2005 8:44:58 PM PST · by blam · 163 replies · 4,175+ views
    Globe And Mail ^ | 1-25-2005 | Michael Valpy
    Archeologist unearths biblical controversy Artifacts from Iron Age fortress confirm Old Testament dates of Edomite kingdom By MICHAEL VALPY Tuesday, January 25, 2005 Canadian archeologist Russell Adams's interest is in Bronze Age and Iron Age copper production. He never intended to walk into archeology's vicious debate over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament -- a conflict likened by one historian to a pack of feral canines at each other's throats. Yet by coincidence, Prof. Adams of Hamilton's McMaster University says, he and an international team of colleagues fit into place a significant piece of the puzzle of human history...
  • Syria Kurds, Arabs form joint military force

    10/12/2015 1:16:57 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Unknown
    Syria's leading Kurdish militia and several Arab rebel groups that have fought alongside it have formalised their alliance in a new group called the Syrian Democratic Forces. The formation of the alliance comes after Washington said it was abandoning a plan to train and equip rebels to fight the Islamic State group and could provide the US with a new partner in the battle against the jihadist group. The alliance was announced in a statement published online by a spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). "The sensitive stage through which our country Syria is passing and the rapid...
  • Syrian Kurds, Arab Rebels and Assyrians Form New Alliance

    10/12/2015 12:41:43 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Jack Moore
    A U.S.-backed Syrian-Kurdish militia, a number of Arab rebel groups and an Assyrian Christian group in Syria have formed a coalition to build a democratic representation for a number of moderate parties within Syria, according to a statement seen by Reuters on Monday. The new alliance, which is calling itself the Democratic Forces of Syria, includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that beat back the Islamic State (ISIS) with the support of U.S. airstrikes in the Syrian-Kurdish border town of Kobani earlier this year. The YPG continues to battle the radical Islamist group in areas of northeastern Syria and...
  • Israel Strikes 2 Army Posts in Syria After Rocket Fire

    09/27/2015 3:04:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    US News ^ | September 27,2015 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    The Israeli military said Sunday it struck two Syrian army posts with artillery fire after rockets from the war-torn country landed in Israeli-controlled territory. The military said the two rockets, which landed over the last two days, were errant fire from the Syrian conflict. They caused no damage or injuries. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said in a statement that Israel holds the Syrian military "responsible and accountable for any aggression emanating from Syria." Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said a Syrian army position in the Quneitra region of the...
  • Jewish Schindler Saves Dozens of Yazidis and Christians from Islamic State

    08/09/2015 5:22:48 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 8, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    A Canadian Jewish businessman has spearheaded efforts to rescue Iraqi Yazidi and Christian girls from slavery after the girls were captured by ISIS troops, using money donated privately by business contacts. The businessman has cited Oskar Schindler, who rescued Jewish children from the holocaust, as his inspiration. Last summer the world looked on in horror as ISIS swept through north Iraq, home to Assyrian and Chaldean Christians, and Yazidis. Hundreds of thousands fled before them, but thousands more starved to death in the desert, or were captured by Islamic forces. Girls in particular were bartered for in the markets, standing...
  • Syriac-Assyrians welcome US statement on self-government and self-defence [Christians]

    07/21/2015 4:57:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776
    Middle East Monitor ^ | July 21, 2015 | N/A
    Christians in Syria have welcomed the statement by US General John Allen, the special coordinator of the International Coalition against ISIS, in which he recognised the need for all peoples in Syria to have some degree of autonomy when they are freed from tyranny. The Syriac-Assyrians made their comments in a press release in which they also welcomed the continuing efforts of the coalition against ISIS. "This demonstrates," they said, "that the war against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." There...
  • Archaeologists Find Assyrian Tablets in Turkey, Some About Women's Rights

    07/19/2015 1:05:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Ancient Assyrian tablets, dictating social arrangements including women's rights, dating back to 4,000 years have been excavated in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Prof. Fikri Kulakoglu of Ankara University told Dogan News Agency that the Kultepe-Kanis-Karum trade colony site where the tablets were unearthed was remarkable. He said the tablets revealed detailed information about the Assyrians, spanning from commercial trade to the nitty-gritty of the local social life. "From women's rights to the adoption of children and marriages arranged at birth, the tablets include all kinds of civilizational and social data from Anatolia 4,000...
  • Syrian military and Druze allies join forces to fend off 'terrorists'

    06/21/2015 5:53:26 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 21st, 2015 | Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
    Syria is believed to be home to about half of the estimated 1.5 million Druze worldwide. Interviews with Druze civilians and fighters here confirm that many regard the rebel advance as a threat to the Druze's existence. Sunni Islamist groups like Al Nusra Front, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, and Islamic State, an Al Qaeda offshoot, view the Druze as heretics. The rebels have acknowledged battlefield coordination with Nusra militants. This month, alarm spread among the Druze population when Nusra fighters killed at least 20 Druze in Qalb Lawzeh, a village in the northwestern province of Idlib. Other reports...
  • Eighty Year Old Christian Woman Says To Hell With The Islamic Religion...

    06/17/2015 8:35:26 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 15 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    (Full title too long: Eighty Year Old Christian Woman Says To Hell With The Islamic Religion, The Muslims Grab Her, Light Her On Fire And Cook Her To Death) An eighty year old Christian woman in Mosul, Iraq, refused to comply with sharia law, and the Muslims all members of ISIS, burned her alive and cooked her to death. According to one Middle East Christian report: According to a report by the BasNews agency, ISIS burned an 80 year-old Assyrian woman to death in a village southeast of Mosul. Citing Saed Mamuzini, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party...
  • Geopolitics and historical memory, Japans crisis is the worlds as well

    06/06/2015 10:03:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/6/15 | Sargis Sangari
    On 23 February 2015 while I was giving a talk at the Anti-Terrorism conference in Tokyo Japan ISIL forces were attacking the 37 Assyrian villages of the Khabour River Valley in Syria. Since that attack the Christian Assyrians have been virtually annihilated from Syria and will probably lose their footprint within those historical villages over the next two years. The following day, I participated in a conference and a talk given by Mr. Michael Yon who spoke about the Comfort Women, which in itself is an information operation campaign, which China has used to influence world opinion about Japan. The...
  • Iraqi Christian Militia Trainer Says No One Else Is Helping Christians Fight ISIS in the Region..

    05/31/2015 6:21:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/29/15 | Vincent Funaro
    Sons of Liberty International, a group headed by Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke, a renowned Libyan revolutionary and former prisoner of war, has been operating in northern Iraq since December 2014. The organization is training recruits in the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit, a militia made up of a couple thousand Christians. Matthew VanDyke, the leader of the Sons of Liberty International, a group that focuses on training and equipping Iraqi Christian militia to combat ISIS, recently discussed the lack of help from outside forces in the region. He told PRI.org that no one else is helping Christians from Iraq, including the U.S....
  • Ancient City Discovered Beneath Biblical-Era Ruins in Israel

    11/18/2013 6:48:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    livescience.com ^ | November 16, 2013 10:43am ET | Tia Ghose,
    The ancient city of Gezer has been an important site since the Bronze Age, because it sat along the Way of the Sea, or the Via Maris, an ancient trade route that connected Egypt, Syria, Anatolia and Mesopotamia. The city was ruled over many centuries by Canaanites, Egyptians and Assyrians, and Biblical accounts from roughly the 10th century describe an Egyptian pharaoh giving the city to King Solomon as a wedding gift after marrying his daughter. .... The site has been excavated for a century, and most of the excavations so far date to the the 10th through eighth centuries...
  • ISIS Bombs Assyrian, Armenian Churches in Syria

    04/30/2015 5:58:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AINA ^ | 4/29/15
    According to reports from Syria and also the Turkish press, ISIS has bombed two churches in Syria, the St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal and the St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo. The churches were bombed yesterday. Located on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province in Syria, Tel Tal is one of the 35 Assyrian villages that was attacked by ISIS on February 23. ISIS captured nearly 300 Assyrians in those attacks and subsequently released 23, all from the village of Tel Goran. The remaining Assyrians are still being held captive. The entire Assyrian population of these...
  • Assyrian Christian Refugees Look for Quickest Way Out of Syria

    04/30/2015 6:24:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Syria Deeply ^ | 4/30/15 | Patrick Strickland
    Syria Deeply spoke with displaced Assyrian families who fled to Beirut after Jabhat al Nusra and ISIS arrived in their hometown of al-Hasakah. Many of them have relatives presently held hostage by ISIS.Beirut, Lebanon We are searching for the quickest way to go to Europe or Canada, maybe America, said Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee from Syria who arrived in Beirut two months ago. Standing in front of a local Assyrian church, he recalled the difficult journey from his hometown of al-Hasakah, situated in northeastern Syria and home to many Christians and Kurds.Before the war, Zayya led a...
  • Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing: monitor

    05/29/2015 1:35:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 97 replies
    A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where IS holds large areas of the countryside. According to the monitor, the Christian fighter, a member of the minority Assyrian community, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram. "He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed...
  • The Cult of Amun [ancient Egypt and Nubia]

    05/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, April 17, 2015 | Daniel Weiss
    ...Through their shared history, Egyptians and Nubians also came to worship the same chief god, Amun, who was closely allied with kingship and played an important role as the two civilizations vied for supremacy. During its Middle and New Kingdoms, which spanned the second millennium B.C., Egypt pushed its way into Nubia, ultimately conquering and making it a colonial province. The Egyptians were drawn by the land's rich store of natural resources, including ebony, ivory, animal skins, and, most importantly, gold. As they expanded their control of Nubia, the Egyptians built a number of temples to Amun, the largest of...
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 11:38:23 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC Magazine ^ | 23rd March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    'Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq [Obama's JV-Team At Work!]

    03/20/2015 4:56:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kareem Shaheen
    ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq Structures destroyed include fourth-century Assyrian memorial Patriarch of Syriac Catholic church tells west: Condemnation is not enough A picture released by Isis of a Christian shrine in Hamdaniya being destroyed. Kareem Shaheen 20 March 2015 Islamic State militants appear to have destroyed Christian and Shia Muslim shrines in northern Iraq including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian king in the groups latest rampage against the embattled countrys religious and cultural heritage. On Thursday, Isiss Nineveh province media office released photographs showing the apparent destruction of the holy...
  • Iraq's 'Exorcist' Temple Falls Into ISIS Jihadist Hands (Pagan Icons Be Destoyed By Islamofascists?)

    06/26/2014 7:41:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Jun 2014 | Colin Freeman
    Iraq's 'Exorcist' temple falls into Isis jihadist hands Ancient pre-Christian temple in northern Iraq featured in film The Exorcist at risk of destruction by Isis jihadists An ancient temple made famous in the film The Exorcist has fallen into the hands of the Islamic militants who have taken over northern Iraq, the Telegraph has learnt. The pre-Christian worship complex at Hatra, a vast network of 200-ft high sun-god temples that is a Unesco world heritage site, features in the opening sequence of the 1973 horror classic. But it now lies in the territory claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • IS destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

    03/07/2015 10:29:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | March 7, 2015 | Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraqi officials in the northern city of Mosul said Saturday that militants with the Islamic State group have begun demolishing the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northern Iraq in a push to rid its territory of symbols it says promote idolatry. An official with the ministry of tourism and antiquities' archaeological division in Mosul told The Associated Press that multiple residents living near Hatra heard two large explosions this morning, then reported seeing bulldozers begin demolishing the site. He spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal.
  • What's Been Lost to the Islamists' Sledgehammers (historians shocked)

    03/01/2015 12:28:43 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Screen Capture A video showing Islamic State militants with sledgehammers and power drills on a rampage inside the Mosul Museum shows the destruction of both reproductions and priceless originals from at least two important eras in the regions history, said a British expert on Iraqi culture. Paul Collins, of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in an email to Aleteia, said it was distressing to watch scenes of the destruction of colossal winged bulls of the seventh century BC. These are certainly the real things and it looks from the video that the sculptures are those situated outside...
  • Islam Bulldozes the Past

    03/20/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by yoe · 35 replies
    Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum ^ | March 20, 2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric ISIS has blown up Shi'i mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.[snip] In some cases, conquerors turn non-Islamic holy places into Islamic ones, thereby asserting the supremacy of Islam. This can be done by...
  • ISIS destroy 4th Century Mar Benham monastery in Iraq [ed]

    03/20/2015 7:08:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 19, 2015 | John Hall
    Barbaric Islamic State militants have dealt yet another blow to Christian history in Iraq by using explosives to destroy the 4th Century Mar Benham monastery. The ancient building, built by Assyrian king Senchareb 1,600 years ago, stood in the Christian-dominated town of Bakhdida, just 20 miles south east of oil rich ISIS stronghold Mosul. Locals took to social media to share images of the massive blast, which reduced the ancient monastery to little more than vast piles of rubble. The attack was later confirmed by Kurdish journalists familiar with developments in the city.
  • IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:21:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | March 5, 2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State jihadist group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said. IS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the ministry said on an official Facebook page, the group's latest attack on the country's historical heritage.
  • Nimrud: Outcry as ISIS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site

    03/06/2015 7:21:27 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/6/15 | BBC
    Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq. IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials. The head of the UN's cultural agency condemned the "systematic" destruction in Iraq as a "war crime". IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed. "They are erasing our history," said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name Peter, told the Times: They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian people who didnt speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • ISIS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:25:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 3-5-2015 | Al-Arabiya
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday, the government said, in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage. ISIS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the tourism and antiquities ministry said on an official Facebook page. An Iraqi antiquities official confirmed the news, saying the destruction began after noon prayers on Thursday and that trucks that may have been used to haul away artefacts had also been spotted at the site. "Until now, we do not know to...
  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/26/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/26/2015 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group. The video showed the statues, some identified as antiquities from Iraq's 7th century BC Assyrian era, being toppled, smashed and broken up by sledgehammer. A man shown in the video said they were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry. "The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him," the unidentified man...
  • Three cheers for the onion

    01/04/2015 1:26:00 AM PST · by moose07 · 73 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 January 2015 | BBC
    Onions are eaten and grown in more countries than any other vegetable but rarely seem to receive much acclaim. It's time to stop taking the tangy, tear-inducing bulb for granted and give it a round of applause, writes the BBC's Marek Pruszewicz. Deep in the archives of Yale University's Babylonian Collection lie three small clay tablets with a particular claim to fame - they are the oldest known cookery books. Covered in minute cuneiform writing, they did not give-up their secrets until 1985, nearly 4,000 years after they were written. The French Assyriologist and gourmet cook Jean Bottero - a...
  • Massive 2,800-year-old farmhouse found in central Israel

    12/19/2014 1:52:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 15, 2014 | Lazar Berman
    Structure in modern Rosh Ha'ayin was used during Assyrian, Persian and Hellenistic periods. Israeli archaeologists uncovered an ancient farmhouse in the area of modern day Rosh Ha'ayin, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Monday. The structure is believed to be 2,800 years old, and consists of 23 rooms. "The farm, which is extraordinarily well-preserved, extends across an area of 30 meters by 40 meters and was built in the eighth century BCE, the time of the Assyrian conquest," IAA excavation director Amit Shadman said. "Farm houses during this period served as small settlements of sorts whose inhabitants participated in processing agricultural produce....
  • Muslim Brotherhood To Commemorate Genocidal Jihad At DCs National Cathedral [graphic image at site]

    11/13/2014 5:11:31 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 12, 2014 | George Rasley
    On Friday, November 14 the Washington, DCs National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service organized by the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the All-Dulles Area Muslims Society (ADAMS) Center. The leaders of the National Cathedral told The Washington Post that they hope Fridays service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world. However, there is ample evidence to suggest that the Muslim participants have a different motive for choosing November 14 to hold their prayers in...
  • Population boom, droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire

    11/09/2014 1:06:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Phys Spam Org ^ | November 05, 2014 | unattributed
    In the 9th century BC, the Assyrian Empire of northern Iraq relentlessly started to expand into most of the ancient Near East. It reached its height in the early 7th century BC, becoming the largest of its kind in the Near East up to that time. The Assyrian Empire's subsequent quick decline by the end of the 7th century has puzzled scholars ever since. Most ascribe it to civil wars, political unrest, and the destruction of the Assyrian capital, Nineveh, by a coalition of Babylonian and Median forces in 612 BC.... Recently published paleoclimate data show that conditions in the...
  • Remarkable Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

    10/20/2014 6:39:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | October 9, 2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq. The palace walls were covered n reliefs (many of them now scattered throughout the world in various museums) depicting his reign and conquests. Genesis 10: 8 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore...
  • Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State

    08/27/2014 9:43:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rania Abouzeid
    DAHUK, IraqOf all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS). It isn't the first time that Iraq's Christians...
  • The Demon Wolves of ISIS: Ancient Assyria Reborn

    08/10/2014 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Father Dwight Longenecker
    Lord Byrons poem The Destruction of Sennacherib begins with the line, The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold. My friend Paul Thigpen makes the link between the warlords of the Islamic State (IS) and their historic predecessors, the warlike Assyrians.
  • As Islamic Militants Destroy Iraq Heritage, a Stunning Find in Kurdistan

    08/10/2014 5:13:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Rudaw ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alexandra Di Stefano Pironti
    While the history of civilization is being demolished by war and religious zealots in the rest of Iraq, in the Kurdistan Region archeologists are marveling at a stunning discovery: the remains of a long-lost temple from the biblical kingdom of Urartu, dating back to the 9th century BC. Kurdish archaeologist Dlshad Marf Zamua, who has studied the columns and other artifacts at the find, told Rudaw these were unearthed piecemeal over the past four decades by villagers going about their lives, digging for cultivation or construction. But only recently, after the discovery of life-size human statues and the unearthed columns,...
  • You Seek a Sign? Behold it: The Sign of Jonah

    07/24/2014 8:20:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 24, 2014
    Our Lord Jesus Christ: "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet." St. Matthew 12:39 And He repeats: "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet." St. Matthew 16:4 The Tomb of Saint Jonah the Prophet in Nineveh (Mosul) VIDEOOnce an Assyrian Church, converted into a mosque after the Muslim invasions, the tomb of the famous Old Testament Prophet who made the Ninevites do penance and recognize the...
  • Vanity: Baghdad Falling Part of End Times?

    06/13/2014 6:33:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 90 replies
    Baghdad looks like it's about to go down to Islamic Militants. Some say Baghdad is Babylon? What happens when it falls?
  • Fathers Of The Zodiac Tracked Down

    06/04/2007 10:50:49 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 1,162+ views
    Nature ^ | 6-1-2007 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Fathers of the zodiac tracked downAstronomer shows when and where his ancient counterparts worked. Geoff Brumfiel The MUL.APIN tablets record the dates that constellations appeared in the Assyrian sky. R. D. Flavin Using modern techniques and some rocks a US astronomer has traced the origin of a set of ancient clay tablets to a precise date and place. The tablets show constellations thought to be precursors of the present-day zodiac. The tablets, known collectively as MUL.APIN, contain nearly 200 astronomical observations, including measurements related to several constellations. They are written in cuneiform, a Middle-Eastern script that is one...
  • The Powerful Kings of the Van Kingdom

    08/01/2004 6:34:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 667+ views
    It is not certain when the reign of Ishpuini, who succeeded Sarduri, began. According to information gained from cuneiform inscriptions on tablets found near Zivistan Castle (now Elmal?), which is 15 km to the south of Van, Ishpuini was Sarduri's son. Thus it is probable that he ascended the throne in 825 or 824 B.C. One of the most important inscriptions made by King Ishpuini is the one describing the acquisition of the city of Musasir by the Urartu at Kelishin (Kel-i Shin). According to the information provided by the bilingual inscription on the Kelishin Stele, King Ishpuini had...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Can archaeology help confirm the Bible?

    12/01/2013 11:48:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Baptist Press ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Roach
    Whenever there's an archaeological discovery related to the Bible, conflicting interpretations by various experts can leave a believer's head spinning. Take the discovery in Israel of a palace from the era of King David earlier this year. An archaeologist from Hebrew University in Jerusalem said there's "unequivocal evidence" that David and his descendants ruled at the site. But critics, including some committed believers, say it could have belonged to other kingdoms and that David's palace likely would have been in Jerusalem some 18 miles northwest. Still others claim there is no archaeological evidence that David even existed. Similar confusion ensued...
  • Is the Syria of Today the Assyria of the Bible?

    09/11/2013 4:30:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/10/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Given all the talk of Syria in the news lately, I was asked if Syria is the same Assyria that is mentioned in the Bible. The answer is no from a political perspective. The modern state of Syria was formed after World War I and became independent after World War II.However, there are historical connections to ancient Assyria, including some similar territory. Given the recent news, perhaps we can take a brief look at ancient Assyria and the role it played in Biblical history. As with everything in Scripture, there are important teachings and admonitions for us.Assyria was one of...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/29/2013 9:45:23 AM PDT · by Freeport · 8 replies
    AINA ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    (AINA) -- The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkern Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria. The area in Syria called al-Jazeera is now called Rojava in Kurdish media. At first I thought it was the name of a Kurdish village outside Qamishle, but a friend explained that Rojava means the "West" in Kurdish and the Kurds see it as the western part of "Kurdistan." If such autonomy becomes a reality, is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/31/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkern Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria... is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened in northern Iraq? Analysts I talked to are optimistic and see a difference from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in north Iraq. Assyrians make up about 30% of al-Jazeera's population and should have better conditions, they say. But the biggest threat to Assyrians is emigration, since many are fleeing to seek a better life in the West....
  • Israel: Bible Assyrian seige account matches archaeological find

    08/21/2013 3:54:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 21, 2013 | Megan Gannon
    Archaeologists say they have discovered massive fortifications on the coast of Israel that may have protected an Assyrian artificial harbor during the Iron Age more than 2,700 years ago. Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) unearthed the crescent-shaped structure in the Israeli city of Ashdod, just south of Tel Aviv. The impressive fortifications date back to the eighth century B.C. At their core is a mud-brick wall that measures more than 12 feet (3.6 meters) wide and 15 feet (4.5 m) high. This wall is covered in layers of mud and sand extending outward hundreds of feet. "The fortifications appear...
  • Kurds: The Engine of Democracy--A high-ranking Middle Eastern official says it could happen.

    09/20/2007 7:06:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 20, 2007 | Joseph Puder
    Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly Syria (KNA-S) was the guest speaker at an Interfaith Taskforce for America and Israel (ITAI) luncheon on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at Philadelphias Union League. ITAIs chairman Charles Kahn Jr. introduced Mr. Abbas and greeted the roomful of participants, which included a number of Protestant clergymen. Rev. William Sutter delivered the invocation. A native of Western Kurdistan (Syria), Sherkoh Abbas is a longtime Kurdish-American activist who has successfully united the Syrian Kurdish movement, and created a coalition of Syrian opposition groups (Kurdish and Arab), whose aim is to bring freedom and democracy...