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  • Archaeologists Find Thousands Of 2,000-Year-Old Files

    07/21/2002 3:56:06 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 969+ views
    Ananova ^ | 7-21-2002
    Archaeologists find thousands of 2,000-year-old files Chinese archaeologists have found thousands of official files from over 2,000 years ago. The 20,000 ancient bamboo slips have details about the political, economic and cultural life of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). The information on the bamboo slips includes details about army food consumption and relations between different ethnic groups. Xinhua says they were unearthed in southern China's Hunan province. Experts are comparing the find to that of the Qin Dynasty terracotta soldiers and horses unearthed in Shaanxi province in the 1970s. Researchers say only 2,000 bamboo slips were unearthed during the last...
  • Ancient Map Gives Clue to Fate of 'Lost Colony' (Britain's Roanoke Island in the Late 16th Century)

    05/05/2012 1:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04 May 2012 | The Telegraph
    A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalising clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from Britain's Roanoke Island in the late 16th century. Experts from the First Colony Foundation and the British Museum in London discussed their findings Thursday at a scholarly meeting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their focus: the "Virginia Pars" map of Virginia and North Carolina created by explorer John White in the 1580s and owned by the British Museum since 1866. "We believe that this evidence provides conclusive proof that...
  • Columbus critics miss the boat

    10/07/2004 10:45:40 AM PDT · by aynrandy · 40 replies · 1,104+ views
    Denver Post ^ | October 07, 2004 | David Harsanyi
    Columbus Day is again upon us. A parade. Balloons. Cops. Violence. Recrimination. Pseudo-historical ranting. You know - fun for the kids. A few Native Americans and the usual suspects in the Coalition of Progressives Against All Western Culture will again attempt to intimidate local Italian-Americans as they celebrate the legacy of an important, if somewhat imprecise, explorer. Christopher Columbus is often compared to Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. The Genoese explorer doesn't belong in any conversation that includes genocidal dictators. Quite the opposite. But Vernon Bellecourt, the principal spokesman for the American Indian Movement, has fought against Columbus Day for...
  • A New Theory On Mapping The New World

    10/08/2002 8:42:57 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 523+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10-7-2002 | Guy Gugliotta
    A New Theory on Mapping the New World By Guy Gugliotta Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, October 7, 2002; Page A07 In 1507, a group of scholars working in France produced an extraordinary map of the world, the first to put the still-recent discoveries of Columbus and others into a new continent separate from Asia, and to call that continent "America." With the Waldseemuller map, the New World was born. But there was something else. What would later come to be called South America and Central America were surprisingly well-shaped, not only on the east coast, where explorers had already...
  • Australians call for return of nation's 'birth certificate' from Britain

    01/25/2011 11:05:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/25/2011 | Bonnie Malkin, Sydney
    Australians have started a campaign calling for Britain to hand over the first map ever to refer to the nation by the word "Australia", claiming that the document is country's "birth certificate". Captain Matthew Flinders Matthew Flinders, a British explorer and cartographer, drew the map in 1804 after becoming the first European to circumnavigate Australia. It was the first time a navigator used the name "Australia" to describe the continent, which had previously been referred to as New Holland or Terra Australis. Flinders, who hailed from Lincolnshire and spent several years charting the coast of Australia, wrote a book about...
  • MERKEL'S PACT WITH AMERICA: Germany Rediscovers the US as a Partner

    04/30/2007 11:50:45 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 17 replies · 1,043+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | April 30, 2007 | Ralf Beste, Jan Fleischhauer, Georg Mascolo, Christian Reiermann, Matthias Schepp, Gabor Steingart
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reoriented Germany away from Russia and toward the United States. Expanded economic ties are just one area of renewed cooperation. But could Germany get burned like the British did? The gift brought by a guest says a lot about his or her intentions. The love-sick romantic shows up with a dozen red roses. A box of Cohiba cigars is the classic gift between men in the West. Purebred horses and trained falcons, on the other hand, are the gift of choice among men in the Arab world. When German chancellors travel, their hosts usually receive...
  • Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered

    09/25/2009 12:32:08 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 22 replies · 1,238+ views
    mlahanas.de ^ | Michael Lahanas
    Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered Michael Lahanas Aristotle: “there is a continuity between the parts about the pillars of Hercules and the parts about India, and that in this way the ocean is one.” [As] for the rest of the distance around the inhabited earth which has not been visited by us up to the present time (because of the fact that the navigators who sailed in opposite directions never met), it is not of very great extent, if we reckon from the parallel distances that have been traversed by us... For...
  • Oldest printed map of New World goes on display [Waldseemüller's, 1507: first to use name 'America']

    04/13/2005 9:14:23 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 8 replies · 546+ views
    Daily Telegraph [UK] ^ | Apr 13, 2005 | unknown
    A "groundbreaking" 16th century map credited with giving America its name has gone on display at Christie's.The map, the oldest printed map of the New World, is one of only four surviving examples and is expected to raise up to £800,000 at auction.As well as using the word America for the first time, after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who argued that the land discovered by Columbus in 1492 was a new continent, the map is also the first printed portrayal of the Earth as a globe.It was discovered by chance two years ago when a newspaper picture caught...
  • Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers

    12/04/2007 8:47:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 42 replies · 240+ views
    reuters ^ | 12-03-2007 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers. Why did the mapmaker name the territory America and then change his mind later? How was he able to draw South America so accurately? Why did he put a huge ocean west of America years before European explorers discovered the Pacific?
  • Map that named America is a puzzle for researchers

    12/04/2007 8:59:54 AM PST · by picard · 15 replies · 123+ views
    Yahoo(Reuters) ^ | Mon Dec 3, 12:19 PM ET | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The only surviving copy of the 500-year-old map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseemuller map remains a puzzle for researchers. Why did the mapmaker name the territory America and then change his mind later? How was he able to draw South America so accurately? Why did he put a huge ocean west of America years before European explorers discovered the Pacific?... ... Although the map conceals many mysteries, one thing is clear: it represents a...
  • 500-year-old global map found in Munich (with continent named America)

    07/04/2012 6:59:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    dw ^ | July 3, 2012
    History 500-year-old global map found in Munich Munich librarians have found a rare 16th century world map that first gave America its name as a continent. The version by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller survived World War II sandwiched between geometry books. The Munich version is smaller than the 500-year-old global map found in a German monastery in 1901 and handed over by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007 to the US Library of Congress. Only four smaller versions were previously known to have survived. The word "America" on the larger Library of Congress map Waldseemüller (1470 – 1522) was...
  • The map that changed the world[Waldseemuller Map]

    10/29/2009 9:31:34 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 1,341+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 Oct 2009 | BBC
    Drawn half a millennium ago and then swiftly forgotten, one map made us see the world as we know it today... and helped name America. But, as Toby Lester has discovered, the most powerful nation on earth also owes its name to a pun. Almost exactly 500 years ago, in 1507, Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann, two obscure Germanic scholars based in the mountains of eastern France, made one of the boldest leaps in the history of geographical thought - and indeed in the larger history of ideas. Near the end of an otherwise plodding treatise titled Introduction to Cosmography,...
  • America put on the map; First document to name country makes its debut

    07/24/2003 8:12:50 AM PDT · by Ed Straker · 5 replies · 129+ views
    Greeley Tribune ^ | July 24, 2003 | Associated Press
    Article Published July 24, 2003 America put on the map First document to name country makes its debut Story by Associated Press WASHINGTON — The earliest map using "America" to label part of the New World is going on display in America for the first time. The 496-year-old Martin Waldseemueller map, sometimes called America's birth certificate, will be on public view at the Library of Congress starting today. The library recently completed the $10 million purchase of the 12-panel map covering 36 square feet, the most expensive single item it has ever acquired. It was owned by Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg,...
  • German chancellor hands over map first naming America

    05/01/2007 12:59:14 PM PDT · by 3Quartets · 56 replies · 2,089+ views
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday officially handed over to the United States the 500-year-old map that was the first to tell the world of a new land it called America. Library of Congress historians say the world map, completed by German-born cleric and cartographer Martin Waldseemueller in 1507, is the first known document to use the name America — named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci — the first to depict the Western Hemisphere and the first to show separate Pacific and Atlantic oceans. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/nation/4763661.html
  • 16th-Century Mapmaker's Intriguing Knowledge['America']

    11/21/2008 8:29:58 AM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | David Brown
    How was it that a German priest writing in Latin and living in a French city far from the coast became the first person to tell the world that a vast ocean lay to the west of the American continents? That is one of the bigger mysteries in the history of the Renaissance. But it is not the only one involving Martin Waldseemueller, a map-making cleric whose own story is sufficiently obscure that his birth and death dates aren't known for certain. Waldseemueller appears to have also known something about the contours of South America's west coast years before Vasco...
  • The Oldest Map With The Word 'America' On It Was Just Found Between Two Geometry Books

    07/03/2012 6:23:06 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    The Oldest Map With The Word 'America' On It Was Just Found Between Two Geometry Books The Daily Telegraph Jul. 3, 2012, 7:44 PM A version of a 500-year-old world map that was the first to mention the name "America" has been discovered in a German university library. Experts did not even know about the existence of a fifth copy of the map by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller until it showed up a few days ago, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich said. The discovery is much smaller and thought to have been made after the 1507 original version, which Germany...
  • Rare Coin Find Stuns Historians

    02/24/2004 5:12:49 PM PST · by blam · 92 replies · 471+ views
    Ananova ^ | 2-25-2004
    Rare coin find stuns historians A man with a metal detector has unearthed a Roman bronze coin so rare it bears the face of a mystery emperor who "ruled" Britain for a matter of days. Brian Malin, from Oxfordshire, found it in a field in the county. It bears the face of Emperor Domitianus and is only the second coin ever found which bears the image of the self-proclaimed ruler of Britain and France in 271AD. A similar coin was found in France 100 years ago but until now its uniqueness had meant both Emperor Domitianus and the coin were...
  • Shipwreck's Coins Are Very Rare

    05/14/2008 10:43:27 PM PDT · by fishhound · 32 replies · 141+ views
    AOL/AP ^ | 2008-05-14 | ALAN SAYRE,
    NEW ORLEANS (May 14) - A steamship that sank off the Louisiana coast during an 1846 storm has produced a trove of rare gold coins, including some produced at two largely forgotten U.S. Mints in the South, coin experts say. Last year, four Louisiana residents salvaged hundreds of gold coins and thousands of silver coins from the wreckage of the SS New York in about 60 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, said David Bowers, co-chairman of New York-based Stack's Rare Coins. "Some of these are in uncirculated or mint condition," Bowers said, predicting the best could bring...
  • Tomb Of Ancient Coin Collector Unearthed (China)

    01/15/2006 5:59:00 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 649+ views
    Xinhuanet - China View ^ | 1-15-2006 | Xinhuanet
    Tomb of ancient coin collector unearthed www.chinaview.cn 2006-01-15 14:05:53 XI'AN, Jan. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Archaeologists in northwest China's Shaanxi Province have discovered an ancient tomb, possibly of a coin collector, dating back more than 600 years. During a recent excavation at a Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) tomb in the suburb of Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi, archaeologists found over 150 coins of different dynasties, together with 60 ceramic utensils. Twenty kinds of coins were in circulation in the dynasties of Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279) and Jin (1115-1234), spanning about 600 years. They might have been collected by the owner of the tomb...
  • No making cents of a coinfusion ('Mahogany Ship' coin not Phoenician?)

    09/28/2005 10:35:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 780+ views
    Warrnambool Standard ^ | September 27, 2005 | Matt Neal
    Mahogany Ship searcher Mark Rawson and his team confidently asserted Ms Crowe's coin was Phoenician but Ms Murphy said she doubted it, although she was unsure of the coin's exact origins... "I believe it came from Holland maybe. It was with a lot of Dutch coins I have." ...Ms Murphy said she was under the impression it was some kind of token perhaps from the First or Second World War.
  • Rare coin find stuns historians

    07/19/2004 11:51:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 711+ views
    Ananova ^ | 2004 | editors
    A man with a metal detector has unearthed a Roman bronze coin so rare it bears the face of a mystery emperor who "ruled" Britain for a matter of days... It bears the face of Emperor Domitianus and is only the second coin ever found which bears the image of the self-proclaimed ruler of Britain and France in 271AD. A similar coin was found in France 100 years ago but until now its uniqueness had meant both Emperor Domitianus and the coin were dismissed as a hoax. Historians say the British discovery confirms the French find is genuine and...
  • Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Text

    04/07/2015 7:04:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Live Science ^ | Jeanna Bryner,
    "The Black Book of Carmarthen," dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. "It's easy to think we know all we can know about a manuscript like the 'Black Book,' but to see these ghosts from the past brought back to life in front of our eyes has been incredibly exciting," Myriah Williams, a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement. "The drawings and verse that we're in the process of recovering demonstrate the value of giving these books another look." ... "The...
  • Cylindrical Seal With A Strange Design Discovered In Dezful (Iran)

    05/28/2006 5:49:03 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 1,870+ views
    CHN ^ | 5-28-2006
    5/28/2006 2:34:00 PM Cylindrical Seal with a Strange Design Discovered in DezfulArcheological excavations in Khuzestan province led to discovery of a cylindrical seal designed with a winged horse with a lion’s head and a cow’s hooves! Tehran, 28 May 2006 (CHN) -- Archeological excavations in Sanjar Tepe in Khuzestan province resulted in discovery of a cylindrical seal with the design of a winged horse on its end. Although it is not the first time archeologists are confronted with the design of a winged horse in Iran, what makes this one special compared to the previous ones is that this winged...
  • Maya Mural Reveals Ancient 'Photobomb' [no it doesn't]

    03/25/2015 2:24:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    LiveScience ^ | February 20, 2015 | Laura Geggel
    The murals also provide information about a man buried beneath them. During an excavation, the archaeologists found the skeleton of a man dressed like the sages in the mural. It's possible the man once lived in the room, which later became his final resting place, Saturno said. Archaeologists discovered the approximately 1,250-year-old mural in the ancient city of Xultun, located in the northeastern part of present-day Guatemala. During an archaeological study of Xultun, an undergraduate student inspecting an old looters' trail noticed traces of paint on an ancient wall covered by dirt... the elements had been kind to the building...
  • Maya Calendars Actually Predict That Life Goes On

    12/13/2012 7:16:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 13, 2012 | Catherine Zuckerman
    Doomsday? No way. Ancient Maya said we’ll be around another 7,000 years or so.This December, not everyone is concerned with making plans for the New Year—especially not the people who think doomsday will get here first. Instead of planning parties, they're stockpiling food, refining escape routes, and honing survival skills ahead of the alleged date on which the Maya calendar "ends"—December 21, 2012. So should we all be preparing for imminent apocalypse? According to the scholars, no. The ancient Maya are usually cited as the predictors of the world coming to an end this month: One of their "great cycles"...
  • Painted ancient Maya numbers reflect calendar reaching well beyond 2012 (w/ Video)

    05/14/2012 1:19:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 10 MAY 2012 | Provided by National Geographic Society
    A vast city built by the ancient Maya and discovered nearly a century ago is finally starting to yield its secrets. Excavating for the first time in the sprawling complex of Xultún in Guatemala’s Petén region, archaeologists have uncovered a structure that contains what appears to be a work space for the town’s scribe, its walls adorned with unique paintings — one depicting a lineup of men in black uniforms — and hundreds of scrawled numbers. Many are calculations relating to the Maya calendar. One wall of the structure, thought to be a house, is covered with tiny, millimeter-thick, red...
  • Maya Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

    05/13/2012 8:34:28 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | 13 May 2012 | Christopher Joyce
    Conservator Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilizes the surface of a wall of a Mayan house that dates to the ninth century. The figure of a man who may have been the town scribe appears on the wall to her left. Archaeologists working in one of the most impenetrable rain forests in Guatemala have stumbled on a remarkable discovery: a room full of wall paintings and numerical calculations. The buried room apparently was a workshop used by scribes or astronomers working for a Mayan king. The paintings depict the king and members of his court. The numbers mark important periods in...
  • Oldest Maya Mural Uncovered in Guatemala

    12/13/2005 12:05:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,248+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/13/05 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON - Archaeologist William Saturno said Tuesday he was awe-struck when he uncovered a Maya mural not seen for nearly two millennia. Discovered at the San Bartolo site in Guatemala, the mural covers the west wall of a room attached to a pyramid, Saturno said at a briefing. In brilliant color, the mural tells the Maya story of creation, he said. It was painted about 100 B.C., but later covered when the room was filled in. "It could have been painted yesterday," Saturno said in a briefing organized by the National Geographic Society, which supported his work and will detail...
  • Archaeologists Find Mayan 'Masterpiece' In Guatemala

    03/14/2002 4:42:29 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies · 688+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3-14-2002 | John Noble Wilford
    March 14, 2002 Archaeologists Find Mayan 'Masterpiece' in Guatemala By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD rchaeologists exploring deep in the rain forest of Guatemala have uncovered what they think is the earliest intact wall painting of the Maya civilization. A depiction of scenes from mythology and ritual, the 1,900-year-old mural is being hailed by experts as a masterpiece. Even though only part of the mural has been exposed so far, scholars said the scenes and portraits promised rare insights into the society and religion of the Maya. The paintings, dated about A.D. 100, are described as more extensive and better preserved than...
  • 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,...
  • Human occupation of Madagascar pushed back 2500 years

    08/16/2013 1:39:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | editors
    This foraging occupation of one site effectively doubles and confirms the length of Madagascar’s known occupational history and thus the time during which people exploited its environments. The rock shelter yielded a stratified assemblage with small flakes, microblades, and retouched crescentic and trapezoidal tools, probably projectile elements, made from cherts and obsidian, some brought more that 200 km. The assemblage from the top layers of the site is well dated to 1050–1350 A.D. This was achieved using carbon dating and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), as well as ceramic typology imported from the Near East and China. Below this layer is...
  • 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,...
  • Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia

    07/21/2002 4:01:35 PM PDT · by vannrox · 54 replies · 15,665+ views
    Crystal Links ^ | FR Post 7-22-02 | An Article by Paul White - 1996
    Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia An Article by Paul White - 1996 After 5,000 years Australia's Amazing Hieroglyphs still struggle for recognition ! Egyptian hieroglyphs found in New South Wales: The hieroglyphs tell the tale of early Egyptian explorers, injured and stranded, in ancient Australia. The discovery centres around a most unusual set of rock carvings found in the National Park forest of the Hunter Valley, 100 km north of Sydney. The enigmatic carvings have been part of the local folklore of the area for nearly a century with reports of people who sighted them as far back...
  • Expert: The Pharaohs Discovered Australia, Egyptians Have Legal Rights There

    03/23/2015 3:51:34 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 49 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-6-15 | TRT Arabic (Turkey)
    During a recent TV debate on the destruction of antiquities by ISIS, Syrian political analyst Yahya Badr said that the Egyptian people was entitled to claim legal rights in Australia, since inscriptions in ancient hieroglyphics had been found near Sydney, indicating that the grandson of a pharoah had landed there. On the show, which aired on the Turkish TRT TV channel on March 6, 2015, Badr was introduced as owning the patent to mummy technology. Following are excerpts: TV host: Let's discuss the destruction of antiquities. Yahya Badr: This is a crime, because antiquities constitute documentation, which preserves the [legal]...
  • The Edicts of King Ashoka

    07/18/2004 7:46:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1,714+ views
    Colorado State University Computer Science Department ^ | 1993 | An English Rendering by Ven. S. Dhammika
    Asoka's edicts are to be found scattered in more than thirty places throughout India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most of them are written in Brahmi script from which all Indian scripts and many of those used in Southeast Asia later developed. The language used in the edicts found in the eastern part of the sub-continent is a type of Magadhi, probably the official language of Asoka's court. The language used in the edicts found in the western part of India is closer to Sanskrit although one bilingual edict in Afghanistan is written in Aramaic and Greek. Asoka's edicts, which...
  • Scholarly world abuzz over Jewish scrolls find [ Afghanistan ]

    12/31/2011 10:12:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Gil Shefler
    The Jewish scholarly world is abuzz over the discovery of ancient Jewish scrolls in a cave in Afghanistan's Samangan province, Channel 2 reported on Friday. According to Arab Affairs correspondent Ehud Yeari, if validated the scrolls may be the most significant historical finding in the Jewish world since that of the Cairo Geniza in the 19th century. "We know today about a couple of findings," Haggai Ben-Shammai, Professor Emeritus of Arabic Language and Literature at Hebrew University was quoted as saying. "In all, in my opinion, there are about 150 fragments. It may be the tip of the iceberg." The...
  • Info gathering on the exiled

    07/19/2009 4:39:17 PM PDT · by Michel12 · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 16 2009 | ABRAHAM RABINOVICH
    King Jehoiachin was only 18 years old and had occupied the throne of Judah barely three months when he was led off into Babylonian captivity in 598 BCE together with his wives, his mother, his servants, his eunuchs and thousands of "the chief men of the land." But what happened to them when they reached Babylon? And what happened there to the tens of thousands of others who joined them in exile when the First Temple was destroyed a decade later? The Bible tells us of the return to Judah half a century later but virtually nothing of what the...
  • Scholars reveal how they scrambled to authenticate Gospel of Judas

    04/08/2013 8:06:25 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 44 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/08/2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A long-lost gospel that casts Judas as a co-conspirator of Jesus, rather than a betrayer, was ruled most likely authentic in 2006. Now, scientists reveal they couldn't have made the call without a series of far more mundane documents, including Ancient Egyptian marriage licenses and property contracts. The Gospel of Judas is a fragmented Coptic text, traced back to Egypt, which portrays Judas in a far more sympathetic light than did the gospels that made it into the Bible. In this version of the story, Judas turns Jesus over to the authorities for execution upon Jesus' request, as part of...
  • Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas Updated

    05/30/2006 11:53:28 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 5 replies · 236+ views
    Folks, I have updated the consolidated PDF version of my Brief Analysis of the Gospel of Judas. I think I have removed the most egregious typos, blunders, expression errors and barbarisms that crept into the text while I typed at all due speed. That's the price sometimes we have to pay for "combat writing." You may download the updated version from the blogpost. That way I can keep track of the approximate number of downloads. Thanks!
  • New revelations (Bp. Fred Henry on the recently discovered Gospel of Skip and Muffy)

    05/29/2006 11:46:35 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 12 replies · 524+ views
    Calgary Sun - Canada ^ | Monday, May 29, 2006 | Bishop Fred Henry (RC)
    New revelationsRecently discovered Gospel of Skip and Muffy has all the makings of yet another blockbuster By Bishop Fred Henry Calgary Sun May 29, 2006 In early April, there was the climatologist who opined that back in the old days, Galilee experienced cold snaps, so maybe Jesus didn't walk on water, but was standing on ice. This, it was suggested, will force Christians to reconsider the foundations of their faith. However, a larger story soon emerged concerning the discovery of the second-century "Gospel of Judas", highly touted by the National Geographic Society and the New York Times. The opening...
  • The Gospel of Judas

    05/12/2006 7:24:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 4 replies · 176+ views
    They said, “Master, you are […] the son of our god.” Jesus said to them, “How do you know me? Truly [I] say to you, no generation of the people that are among you will know me.” DISCIPLES BECOME ANGRY When his disciples heard this, they started getting angry and infuriated and began blaspheming against him in their hearts. When Jesus observed their lack of [understanding, he said] to them, “Why has this agitation led you to anger? Your god who is within you and […] [35] have provoked you to anger [within] your souls. [Let] any one of you...
  • Judas Saves; Why the lost gospel makes sense (Christopher Hitchens)

    05/04/2006 10:20:30 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 146 replies · 2,958+ views
    slate ^ | Ap 13 06 | Christopher Hitchens
    the idea of a sacred Judas always seemed rational to me, at least in Christian terms. The New Testament tells us firmly that Jesus went to Jerusalem at Passover to die and to fulfill certain ancient prophecies by doing so. How could any agent of this process, witting or unwitting, be acting other than according to the divine will? ...[snip] Now we have, recovered from the desert of Egypt, a 26-page "Gospel of Judas," . ...[snip] The Judas gospel puts legend's most notorious traitor in a new light—as the man who enjoyed his master's most intimate confidence, and who was...
  • Stir over Gospel of Judas may not be entirely justified

    04/26/2006 11:53:48 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 125 replies · 782+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Apr. 26, 2006 | ALAN COCHRUM
    Given that the old Greek word behind the English term "gospel" means "good news," you have to wonder whether the much-touted and recently published Gospel of Judas really qualifies as either. Assuming you didn't give up the media for Lent -- which, come think of it ... oh, never mind -- you could hardly have avoided this month's announcement about the latest addition to the religious history files. To make a long story short: The Gospel of Judas is part of an ancient manuscript that apparently was unearthed in the late 1970s in Egypt. After a lengthy trip through the...
  • Questions arise about scholars who collaborated in National Geographic’s Gospel of Judas

    04/24/2006 1:25:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,910+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 24, 2006
    Washington DC, Apr. 24, 2006 (CNA) - Questions have arisen about the group of scholars who collaborated with National Geographic in its recent T.V. special about the “discovery” and contents of the alleged Gospel of Judas, which attempts to portray Jesus’ betrayer in a positive light.   Elaine Pagels is a feminist who has written several books against the Catholic Church, such as “The Origin of Satan,” written with the initial help of her colleagues at the Hebrew University of Tel Aviv.  With the assistance of the openly pro-abortion MacArthur Foundation, she researched and wrote “Adam, Eve and the Serpent,”...
  • Return of the Cainites:“The Gospel of Judas” attempts to turn Christianity upside down

    04/21/2006 11:39:18 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 15 replies · 473+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/29/06 | Gene Edward Veith
    The Gospel of Judas" is a long-lost bit of Gnostic apocrypha. Now that archeologists have found a copy, the media is abuzz with speculation that this ancient document will shed new light on or even change Christianity. According to "The Gospel of Judas," Jesus tells Judas to betray Him. This will enable Jesus' spirit to escape from its fleshly container. Jesus also is said to call Judas the only disciple who truly understands His message. Much of the rest of the "gospel" is just disembodied dialogue about "spirit" as opposed to matter, in sharp contrast to the historically detailed Gospels...
  • Bearer of Bad News: A brief analysis of the so-called “Gospel of Judas"

    04/18/2006 5:04:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 13 replies · 354+ views
    This is Part 1 of 3. The word "Gospel" means "good news," the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation, yet in the so-called "gospel of Judas" we only find bad news. In it we find a Jesus who is out of character with the one we find in the canonical Gospels; a Jesus who teaches "secret knowledge," who dismisses the Eucharist, and shows a condescending, even hostile attitude towards his Apostles. In this "gospel," Jesus denies the God of the Church, ranks Judas above the other Apostles, and embraces a Gnostic cosmology at odds with Judaeo-Christianity. This...
  • Story about old, old story an old story

    04/16/2006 8:35:09 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 25 replies · 927+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | April 15, 2006 | Art Marmorstein
    Many years ago, a Christian friend excitedly shared with me a document collection he had found. The front cover proclaimed the collection to be "Historical Court Records Concerning JESUS the CHRIST, Found in the Libraries at Rome and Constantinople." And, sure enough, there they were: Caiphas' reports to the Sanhedrin on the execution and resurrection of Jesus, Pilate's report to Tiberius on Jesus' arrest, trial and crucifixion, Herod Antipas' letter to the Roman Senate justifying the execution of John the Baptist, and a series of letters from Rabbi Hillel describing his reaction to the preaching and teaching of Peter and...
  • Faith is not shaken by a Judas ‘gospel’

    04/15/2006 9:36:37 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 26 replies · 707+ views
    Lancaster Newspapers via Lancaster Online.com ^ | Apr 15, 2006 | Helen Colwell Adams
    LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24 The words of the four canonical Gospels, the words that call Judas Iscariot a betrayer of Jesus Christ and a tool of the devil, have been read this Easter weekend in millions of churches around the world. To hear the hype about another gospel, though, Judas got a bum rap. In the Gospel of Judas, released April 5...
  • Judas Saves;Why the lost gospel makes sense.

    04/15/2006 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies · 705+ views
    Slate ^ | April 13, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    I don't normally mind offending holy men, but I can remember feeling absolutely aghast at the injured look that spread across the fine features of the Coptic Archbishop of Eritrea as we sat in his quarters in Asmara in 1993. Was it true, I had asked him, that in the Coptic Christian tradition Judas was considered to be a saint? He jumped like a pea on a hot shovel and, when he had regained his composure, demanded to know how I could possibly have heard such a wicked rumor. Nothing more profane could be imagined than this perversion of the...
  • Archbishop attacks Da Vinci Code 'obsession' (Archbishop of Canterbury)

    04/15/2006 7:08:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 441+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4/16/06 | Elizabeth Day
    The Archbishop of Canterbury today attacks society's obsession with books such as The Da Vinci Code which, he says, encourage people to believe that the Christian faith is a series of "conspiracies and cover ups". In a strongly worded Easter sermon being delivered in Canterbury Cathedral this morning, Dr Rowan Williams says that there is a tendency to treat Biblical texts "as if they were unconvincing press releases from some official source, whose intention is to conceal the real story". Fascination with "bringing secrets to light", he said, evoked All the President's Men, the 1976 film about the investigative journalists...