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  • Revealed: The scandalous history of Judaism’s most precious book

    05/11/2012 7:51:31 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10 May 2012 | Times of Israel
    Theft, espionage, corruption and a cover-up lasting decades — a new book by a Times of Israel reporter exposes the extraordinary saga of the uniquely revered, 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex A new book by a Times of Israel reporter reveals dramatic new information about the fate of a manuscript many consider Judaism’s most important book — the 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex.The manuscript — or the part of it that did not go mysteriously missing in the mid-20th century — is currently held alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. It is revered as the authoritative version of the Hebrew...
  • NOI angry at ACT's research on Islamic slavery; Muhammad's massacre of Medina Innocent Jews

    05/08/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    Some young Muslim, at Nation of Islam's " FinalCall,' just published a childish "reply" to a thorough research by B Gabrielle's ACT for America. It's so silly I am too lazy to copy/paste it here. I am glad he publicizes ACT further. http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/article_8817.shtml ------ For research on Muhammad's anger of Medina Native Jews because they refused to change their religion and take him as a "Prophet" one can also see: This is from 1912, before the modern PC language: The Jewish Encyclopedia, by I Singer, C. Adler, 1912, p. 423 .. He first summoned them to accept his religion, and...
  • Did the Prophet Muhammad Really Exist? This Is Robert Spencer’s Shocking Answer

    05/07/2012 4:12:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 5, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Did the Prophet Muhammad really exist? This question, which may seem bizarre on the surface, is at the root of a new book by Robert Spencer, a prominent author and the director of Jihad Watch. Spencer, a figure who is praised by his fans and loathed by his detractors, has written numerous books on Islam. Earlier this week, The Blaze spoke with the expert about his controversial, new book, “Did Muhammad Exist?” As can be derived from the title, the text delves into some uncomfortable subject matter, as Spencer examines the historical documentation surrounding the Muslim prophet. The book’s official...
  • EXCLUSIVE: BRITAIN'S LAST WITCH TRIAL[UK]

    12/06/2006 6:27:01 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 7 replies · 727+ views
    Mirror ^ | 06 Dec 2006 | David Edwards
    In 1944, medium Helen Duncan became the last woman in Britain to be convicted of witchcraft when one of her seances exposed a government attempt to cover up the deaths of 861 sailors. Now, campaigners aim to clear her name It started much the same as her other seances. With a chilling moan and strange white substance leaking from her mouth, Helen Duncan began communicating with the dead... But suddenly, the eerie calm was pierced by a police whistle and officers piled into the house, in Portsmouth, Hants, to arrest Britain's top medium. The following morning Helen, known as Hellish...
  • Hebrew seal bearing the name 'Matanyahu' uncovered in Jerusalem

    05/03/2012 3:51:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ^ | 1 May 2012 | Israel Antiquities Authority
    The remains of a building dating to the end of the First Temple period were discovered below the base of the ancient drainage channel that is currently being exposed in Israel Antiquities Authority excavations beneath Robinson's Arch in the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, adjacent to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. This building is the closest structure to the First Temple found to date in archaeological excavations. According to Eli Shukron, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "the name Matanyahu, like the name Netanyahu, means giving to God. These names are mentioned several times in the...
  • Inventing Muhammad? (Which of the many accounts of the Prophet Muhammad's life is true?)

    04/23/2012 4:17:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/23/2012 | By Robert Spencer
    Why would it matter if Muhammad never existed? Certainly the accepted story of Islam's origins is taken for granted as historically accurate; while many don't accept Muhammad's claim to have been a prophet, few doubt that there was a man named Muhammad who in the early seventh century began to claim that he was receiving messages from Allah through the angel Gabriel. Many who hear about my new book "Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins" ask why it would matter whether or not Muhammad existed -- after all, a billion Muslims believe he did, and they are...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds...
  • 1,500 Year Old Church Found In Israel

    02/02/2011 2:50:25 PM PST · by madison10 · 24 replies
    Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks...
  • 1,500-year-old church found in Israel

    02/02/2011 2:37:27 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    HIRBET MADRAS, Israel – Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks. The Byzantine church located southwest of Jerusalem, excavated over the last two months, will be visible only for another week before archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection. The small basilica with an exquisitely decorated floor was active between the fifth and seventh centuries A.D., said the dig's leader, Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He said the floor was "one of the most...
  • Jewish Yad Avshalom Revealed As A Christian Shrine From Byzantine Era

    07/22/2003 6:27:03 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 822+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 7-22-2003 | Amiram Barkat
    Jewish Yad Avshalom revealed as a Christian shrine from Byzantine era By Amiram Barkat The historic Yad Avshalom monument in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley, revered for centuries as a Jewish shrine, was also a Christian holy place in the fourth century, new evidence has revealed. A fourth-century inscription on one of the walls near the monument, recently uncovered by chance, marks the site as the burial place of the Temple priest Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist who baptized Jesus. Scholars believe the monument was built in the first century, making it possible that figures holy to Christians could be...
  • Grave robber chase reveals ancient Holy Land church

    02/03/2011 6:30:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | Ari Rabinovitch, ed by Tim Pearce
    The hill-top church was destroyed by an earthquake some 1,300 years ago and lay partly buried until detectives from Israel's Antiquities Authority, pursuing a gang of antiquity thieves, noticed an elaborate doorpost poking through the earth. The robbers got away -- they were caught a few months later at a site nearby -- but after weeks of digging, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the church. It was about the size of a basketball court and contained fallen marble pillars and a nearly pristine 10-meter-long mosaic floor. Beneath the church's altar is a burial chamber that the Antiquities Authority said may...
  • Israel's Other Temple: Research Reveals Ancient Struggle over Holy Land Supremacy

    04/18/2012 8:22:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Speigel ^ | Matthias Schulz (AFP)
    The Jews had significant competition in antiquity when it came to worshipping Yahweh. Archeologists have discovered a second great temple not far from Jerusalem that predates its better known cousin. It belonged to the Samaritans, and may have been edited out of the Bible once the rivalry had been decided. Clad in a gray coat, Aharon ben Ab-Chisda ben Yaacob, 85, is sitting in the dim light of his house. He strikes up a throaty chant, a litany in ancient Hebrew. He has a full beard and is wearing a red kippah on his head. The man is a high...
  • Ancient site near Nablus 'too problematic' to open [ Mount Gerizim ]

    07/04/2010 4:25:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Friday, July 2, 2010 | Chaim Levinson
    Mount Gerizim is sacred to the Samaritans who regard it, rather than Jerusalem's Temple Mount, as the location chosen by God for a holy temple... the Civil Administration is keeping the compound closed despite its huge tourism potential. It says planning at the site near Nablus in the West Bank is "too problematic." Over more than two decades, Yitzhak Magen, the administration's chief archaeology officer, dug up a 2,000-year-old city, once home to 10,000 people. It was preserved in its entirety. The site consists of streets lined with houses, a marketplace and town center. Thousands of bones of sacrificial animals...
  • Leap of faith, Life With The Samaritans

    10/29/2006 8:10:09 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Cheshvan 5, 5767 (October 27, 2006) | Lily Galili
    Imagine the following scene: Amid the pristine views from Mount Gerizim, in the heart of the small Samaritan community, as if it were a matter of course, two women who could be straight out of a different story are roaming around - Shura, who came from Ukraine and Lena, who arrived here from the plains of Siberia. Both are married to Samaritans. Shura is the daughter-in-law of the sect's high priest, Elazar Ben Tzadka, and is married to his son, Yair. A beautiful, blond Samaritan princess imported from the city of Kherson, in Ukraine. The two women's stories are told...
  • New Mexico's Mystery Stone

    01/09/2006 6:45:23 PM PST · by Muleteam1 · 135 replies · 6,467+ views
    New Mexico State Land Office website ^ | Unknown | New Mexico State Land Office
    It is a mystery in the desert hills near Los Lunas, New Mexico. It has puzzled experts for more than 50 years. It has been referred to by many different names -- Ten Commandments Rock, Mystery Rock, The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone. It is most commonly known as the Mystery Stone. Mystery Stone is located at the base of Hidden Mountain, on New Mexico state trust land, about 16 miles west of Los Lunas. It is a boulder weighing an estimated 80 to 100 tons and is about eight meters in length. Nine rows of 216 characters were chiseled at...
  • Obama administration deletes religious service for student loan forgiveness

    02/16/2012 9:30:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/15/12 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced the change Jan. 31 with little fanfare, while most of Washington was focused on the new ObamaCare rule requiring religious organizations to provide free birth control through health insurance. “Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,” reads the new language. “However, if you work for a nonprofit organization, your employment will...
  • Sacrificial Ritual Site With Machetes, Animal Remains, Human Skull Found in NW Miami-Dade

    04/11/2012 8:21:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 | Hank Tester
    It's a site for rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion, Richard Couto saysThe curious are beginning to seek out a bizarre site that sits nestled up against a major roadway in northwest Miami-Dade. The ground is littered with pots full of small tools, machetes, the remains of animals – and, before the police arrived, human bones and a skull. Richard Couto explains that it is a site for sacrificial rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion. "They often use human remains in their ceremonial sites and that is exactly what we found at the bottom...
  • The suicide forest of Japan: Mount Fuji beauty spot where up to 100 bodies are found every year

    04/10/2012 8:12:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4/10/2012 | Lyle Brennan
    The Aokigahara Forest is a lonely place to die. So dense is the vegetation at the foot of Japan's Mount Fuji, it is all too easy to disappear among the evergreens and never be seen again. Each year the authorities remove as many as 100 bodies found hanging at the country's suicide hotspot - but others can lie undiscovered for years. Exactly why so many choose to end their lives in the forest remains something of a mystery, though it has been suggested that the first among them were inspired by a novel set there. Azusa Hayano has studied and...
  • Opinion versus Fact: Why Opposing Beliefs Leave No Room for Compromise...

    03/12/2012 9:46:04 AM PDT · by MV=PY · 17 replies
    A Voice of Sanity ^ | 3/12/12 | Robert Ringer
    Opinion versus Fact: Why Opposing Beliefs Leave No Room for Compromise Between Republicans and Democrats In Senator Jim DeMint’s new book, Now or Never, he boldly states, “The differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties are irreconcilable: there can be no compromise between collectivism and freedom.” How refreshing that someone in the U.S. Senate has the courage to speak the truth. I totally concur with Senator DeMint’s position. The vast majority of Democrats are not interested in truth. They are not interested in logic. They are not interested in helping others. And they certainly are not interested in upholding and...
  • Conservative Author David Barton Says Obama Is Most Biblically Hostile US President

    03/12/2012 9:46:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2012 | Paul Stanley
    David Barton, an influential conservative activist promoting America's Judeo-Christian heritage, has joined a long list of critics of President Obama's contraceptive mandate and its impact on religious liberties. But Barton has taken his criticism one step further in a recent blog post by claiming that the Obama administration is the most Biblically hostile in U.S. history. The Texas-based evangelical author and self-taught historian wrote in his latest WallBuilders post: "So perhaps the most accurate description of his (President Obama) antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his...