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  • Dinosaurs in Noah’s vineyard (carvings at 14th century church)

    09/19/2016 1:18:28 PM PDT · by fishtank · 64 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 6-19-16 | David Lewis
    Dinosaurs in Noah’s vineyard by David Lewis The carving (see image at right), which appears to show two dinosaurs, is on an outside wall of the bell-tower of a fourteenth century church in the Republic of Georgia. Holy Trinity Church (also known as Tsminda Sameba) is on Mount Gergeti, near Stephantsminda village, in the Mount Kazbegi area—close to the borders with North Ossetia and Ingushetia. When I visited this area in 2006 and saw the carvings, I asked a Georgian cleric at the church what they depicted. He commented that they looked like dinosaurs, and he had no idea when...
  • Ancient city unearthed where David battled Goliath

    09/19/2016 3:52:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 45 replies
    JNS ^ | 09-09-2016 | Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman
    Archaeologists believe they have found evidence of King David’s footprints in a mysterious two-gated city from 3,000 years ago, mentioned in the Bible’s story of David and Goliath The site is known by its modern name, Khirbet Qeiyafa, in Israel’s Elah Valley. After nearly seven years of excavations, the public can now explore the archaeological findings of Qeiyafa through “In the Valley of David and Goliath,” a new Bible Lands Museum exhibition that opened earlier this week in Jerusalem. The Qeiyafa findings have sparked debate and intrigued historians and archaeologists since they were first revealed. The city was discovered between...
  • 2,000-year-old rural synagogue in Galilee may be similar to sites where Jesus taught

    08/20/2016 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 08.18.16 | Richard Gray for MailOnline
    Archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a synagogue near Mount TaborLimestone benches line the walls where worshippers would have sat It sits within a Jewish village thought to date back to the first century ADThe New Testament states Jesus visited village synagogues in Galilee  An unusual rural ancient synagogue that dates back to shortly after the time of Jesus has been unearthed in Galilee.  The rare find – a huge 29 feet long and 26 feet wide room with walls lined by limestone benches – promises to add weight to stories about Jesus in the Bible.  Most synagogues dating from around...
  • Is This Cave in Turkey the Place Where Saint Peter Celebrated Mass?

    06/29/2016 4:03:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 207 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 22, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Chapter 11 of the Acts of the Apostles says that Antioch was the city in which, for the first time, the disciples of Jesus were called “Christians.” Tradition has enthroned Peter as the founder of the Church of Antioch, following the narration of the very same Book of Acts, which tells not only of the arrival of Peter and Barnabas to the Turkish city, but also of their preaching.Moreover, this very same tradition claims that it was in the Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa (“Grotto of St. Peter” in Aramaic) where Peter would celebrate the Eucharist for this community. That is to...
  • King Abdullah II of Jordan Funds Holy Sepulchre Restoration Work

    04/11/2016 5:56:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/11/16 | Giorgio Bernadelli
    The Muslim sovereign has sent a donation to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem as a contribution towards the costs. This is another of the Jordanian royal family's expressions of support to Christians. It is also a political move that aims to underline Amman's prerogatives over Jerusalem"His Majesty King Abdullah II has issued a Royal Benefaction (makruma) to provide for the restoration of Jesus' Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, at His Majesty's personal expense." The news was announced by Jordanian press agency Petra, which says that the Hashemite Court sent an official letter to the...
  • Risk Of Collapse At Jesus' Tomb Unites Rival Christians

    04/07/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    The New York Times reports: JERUSALEM — It was a typical day at the shrine around what many believe is the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • 4,000-Year-Old Necropolis with more than 100 Tombs Discovered Near Bethlehem

    03/07/2016 4:26:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | March 8, 2016 | M.R. Reese
    By studying and excavating ancient burial grounds, we can learn about how final respects were paid when people died during ancient times. The artifacts located alongside these remains also provide insight into what items people valued and what they believed about the afterlife. A 2013 discovery of an ancient burial ground near Bethlehem is providing new information about one civilization that lived approximately 4000 years ago. In 2013, efforts began to build an industrial park near Bethlehem, leading to a discovery that may prove to offer fresh insights about the ancient world. The area where the industrial park was to...
  • Common Core ties to Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

    04/07/2015 10:13:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    “Where did Common Core come from?” is a question I often hear from parents as I travel the country speaking about the Islamic infiltration of America. ... The short answer is that resident Obama’s push for “hope and change” translates into completely transforming America — for the worse. Common Core is but one of many parts of an intricate plan to infiltrate every area of American society with Islam. Which is why, Common Core’s origin and funding came from Qatar, Libya and Saudi Arabia. Globally, Common Core originated from the “One World Education” concept, a global goal orchestrated by the...
  • All about the Barack Hussein Obama Muslim connection to Common Core

    08/06/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by wtd · 12 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | August 5, 2015 | BNI
    All about the Barack Hussein Obama Muslim connection to Common CoreIn the last few years we have seen a movement in our country to nationalize our educational system, to implement Common Core in all schools. Inside the schools, the most drastic change has been an overwhelming influence of Islam and Sharia law. Education publishing giant, Pearson, whose biggest investor is the Libyan Investment Authority, is a major supplier of Islam-oriented text books for American schools. As is the nation of Qatar.Pearson owners are deeply involved in the Muslim Brotherhood and linked to CAIR. “Muslim Brotherhood documents seized by the...
  • God's Word to those who would Usurp The Holy Land...Ezekiel 34-39 pt 3

    Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 35:1-4)The 34-39th chapters of Ezekiel are a prophecy about the final and complete restoration of Israel. The Prophet first addresses the Shepherds of...
  • Cutthroats of the Holy Land

    10/21/2015 9:10:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Cliff May
    Over the years, Israelis have had to defend themselves from foreign armies, suicide bombers and missiles. Over recent weeks, they’ve been confronting a new threat: young Palestinians wielding butcher knives. Unlike the cutthroats of the Islamic State and al Qaeda, these fanatics aren’t able to bind their victims and behead them. But videos on social media teach would-be assassins how to use sharp instruments to inflict maximum damage on unsuspecting Israelis. An imam in Gaza has been recorded on the pulpit brandishing a six-inch knife, urging his “brothers” to go out in the streets, find a Jew and “Stab!” Attacks...
  • Bible Proved Historically Accurate Once Again. Goliath's Gates Found

    08/06/2015 2:51:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | August 6, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The gate of Gath, believed to be the home of the giant Goliath, has been discovered by archaeologists. I love this kind of story because I love it when the Bible is shown to have historical accuracies. You might recall: The Philistines occupied the high ground on one side and the Israelites occupied the high ground on the other side, with the valley between them. A champion stepped out from the Philistine ranks; his name was Goliath, from Gath; he was six cubits and one span tall. On his head was a bronze helmet and he wore a breastplate of...
  • Rare King David-Era Inscription Discovered in Biblical City

    06/20/2015 8:45:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jeanna Bryner
    A 3,000-year-old ceramic jar discovered in pieces in Israel has been restored to reveal a rare inscription of the name of a biblical figure and ruler whose reign coincided with that of King David, archaeologists announced today (June 16). The pottery was found in an ancient city overlooking the Valley of Elah, where, as described in the Bible, the legendary David defeated Goliath. The inscription, the researchers found, read: Eshba'al Ben Bada', who the archaeologists say was likely an important person since his name was inscribed on a jar. (Eshba'al Ben Shaul ruled over Israel at the same time...
  • TODAY: EWTN Broadcasts Way of The Cross From Coliseum (5:00 p.m. PST)

    04/03/2015 3:19:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    April 03, 2015
    WAY OF THE CROSS FROM ROME 04/03 at 8:00 PM ET; 04/04 at 3:00 AM ET Pope Francis presides over The Stations of the Cross, from the Coliseum in Rome.
  • Possible site of Jesus' trial uncovered in the Holy Land

    01/05/2015 8:36:17 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | January 5, 2015
    Tower of David. Credit: Ricardo Tulio Gandelman via Flickr (CC by 2.0). Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archeologists believe they may have discovered the place where Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate took place in Jerusalem. In an effort to expand The Tower of David Museum, archeologists began excavating an adjacent, abandoned prison building, the Washington Post reports. As they stripped away layers of the prison floor, they realized they were likely uncovering a missing link in the puzzle of the Holy Land’s history. Although the discovery began over a decade ago, the site is just...
  • Have archaeologists discovered where Jesus was sentenced to death?

    01/05/2015 9:04:31 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2015 | Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline
    The exact spot upon which Jesus stood as he was sentenced to death, may have been pinpointed by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Discovered around 15 years ago, the remains of Herod the Great’s palace have been carefully examined and a place between a gate and uneven stone pavement has been identified as fitting the description of the event in the Gospel of John. Pilgrims and tourists will be able to visit the Biblical site, because tours are being offered by the Tower of David Museum, which is located nearby.
  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality – Aramaean – in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has “received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • What were weddings like in Jesus’ day?

    08/14/2014 2:34:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/13/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The word family had a wider meaning both Aramaic and Hebrew than it does in our English word today. The Hebrew, ah and the Aramaic aha could be used to refer to those who were brothers and sisters, half brothers, cousins and even other near relations. Extended family networks were both insisted upon, and essential for survival. To have these ties and be dependent upon them, was every Jewish person’s duty, and an absolute necessity for survival.Marriage – Of course marriage is the heart of family. The very first order that God gave Adam and Eve, was that a man...
  • Why There Can Never Be 'Peace in the Middle East'

    07/24/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss? Hamas, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S., has governed the Palestinian territory of Gaza since they defeated rival Fatah, the group that governs the West Bank. Hamas, along with Hezbollah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, Iraqi militant Shiite groups and other terror organizations, is funded in part by Iran,...
  • Despite Rockets, 64 New American Olim Arrive to Israel Today

    07/09/2014 2:16:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | July 9, 2014 | Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
    Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel, July 8 – Despite the escalating security situation in Israel, 64 new Olim from the United States made aliyah to Israel today with Nefesh B’Nefesh. The new immigrants hail from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. The youngest immigrant is an eight-month-old baby while the oldest, Lottie Herman, is 92. Herman who fled Germany in 1939 to America, will be settling in Jerusalem. Among the other olim who arrived this morning was Becky Kupchan, 26, from Chicago. Kupchan will be moving to Beer Sheva, the capital city of Southern Israel. “Although...
  • What were typical homes like in Jesus’ time?

    07/02/2014 2:13:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Jesus’ time, the smallest homes of the very poor might be little more than a square, stone structure covered with a whitewashed sort of stucco. There would typically be one larger multipurpose room and a smaller back room for the animals. Some houses in hilly regions were partial cave dwellings, built up against the limestone rock face, perhaps with the front section built onto it. The traditional site at the house of the Annunciation in Nazareth seems to have employed this strategy. However we need not conclude from this that Joseph and Mary were destitute. Many homes employed the...
  • My assessment of recent events in the Muslim world related to end times

    06/26/2014 7:10:36 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 80 replies
    self | 06/26/2014 | RaceBannon
    My assessment of recent events in the Muslim world related to end times prophesies and the nation of Israel. Each Christian tries to see his generation and it's comparison to end times prophesies. Since my childhood, the writings of Hal Lindsay seemed to rule in Christian thought, the teachings of the rapture and the teachings of the Soviet Union invading Israel in the end times along with an Islamic invasion by Egypt, Syria, Iran, Ethiopia and Libya. The presence of Israel in the land was the final identifier for most Christians that the end times are upon us, so all...
  • Megiddo: A New Archaeological Find and True Christian Identity

    06/26/2014 6:30:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/26/14 | Bishop Arthur Serratelli
    One of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B.C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy and Spain. Throughout history, battles were fought and blood shed for control of Megiddo. In fact,...
  • Pope Francis leads Catholic Church in pro-Jewish direction

    06/09/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2014 | PADDY MONAGHAN
    I strongly disagree with Caroline Glick’s conclusion in her May 27 article that Pope Francis “is leading the Catholic Church in a distressingly anti-Jewish direction.” I can understand Caroline’s distress at some of the pope’s actions and words but it is important to have balance and not draw wrong conclusions. Pope Francis is totally committed to reconciliation between the Church and Israel. I would like to demonstrate this under five headings: 1. State of Israel Pope Francis in his first Encyclical in November 2013 affirmed God’s everlasting covenant with the Jews: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because...
  • Christians expelled from site of the Last Supper

    06/10/2014 3:24:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 10, 2014
    Orthodox Jewish activists drove Christian pilgrims out of the Cenacle, the “upper room” revered as the site of the Last Supper, on June 9. About 30 militants, including one member of the Israeli parliament, disrupted a prayer service being held by Christians. The building, which is also revered by Jews as the site of King David’s tomb, is owned by the Israeli government, and Christian services are ordinarily not permitted there. Ownership of the building in Jerusalem has become a contentious issue in Israeli politics. Pope Francis was granted permission to celebrate Mass in the Cenacle, despite protests from some...
  • Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/09/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 46 replies
    Original source: Catholic News.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. “That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.” The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President...
  • Pope Francis answers questions from journalists in return from Holy Land

    05/28/2014 11:49:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Pope Francis greets journalists aboard the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome May 26. At right is Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican press spokesman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Vatican City, 27 May 2014 (VIS) – At the end of his trip, during the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome, Pope Francis spoke for over 40 minutes with the journalists who accompanied him on the flight, answering their questions on various issues linked not only to his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but also in relation to the abuse of minors, remarried divorcees, his upcoming trips, priestly celibacy, and so on....
  • Holy Land: vandal tries to set fire to Dormition Abbey

    05/28/2014 1:47:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | May 28, 2014
    Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem was closed on May 27, 2014 after an arson attack set fire to crosses in the church the day before. Credit: Paul Badde / CNA. Jerusalem, Israel, May 28, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis concluded his trip to the Holy Land on May 26, an unknown man attempted to set fire to the Abbey of the Dormition, the place where according to tradition the Virgin Mary fell asleep before being assumed into Heaven. Witnesses told the EFE news agency that an unknown man set fire to a book and placed it on...
  • Pope Francis recalls birth of Church in Upper Room

    05/26/2014 12:21:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    cna ^ | May 26, 2014
    Pope Francis incenses the altar during Mass in the Upper Room on May 26, 2014. Credit: EWTN. Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance of the Upper Room, held to be the site of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' apostles. “It is a great gift that the Lord has given us by bringing us together here in the Upper Room for the celebration of the Eucharist,” said Pope Francis on May 26 in Jerusalem....
  • Pope Francis Refers to 'State of Palestine' on Holy Land Trip, Calls Mahmoud Abbas a 'Man of Peace'

    05/26/2014 11:02:21 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 25, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts “unacceptable.” Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the “state of Palestine.” In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine,” and his Bethlehem office as the “presidential palace.” He pointedly called Abbas a “man of peace.” ... “Coming to Bethlehem and flying to Bethlehem from Jordan shows solidarity with the Palestinian people,...
  • Pope Francis Entrusts Holy Land Pilgrimage to Mary

    05/23/2014 7:05:24 PM PDT · by delchiante · 186 replies
    NC Register ^ | 5/23/2014 | BY CNA/EWTN NEWS
    Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francis offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has made to the Virgin Mary, under whose protection he has placed his pontificate. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the archpriest of the basilica,...
  • Pope says his Holy Land trip will be 'strictly religious'

    05/21/2014 3:52:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | May 21, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking prayers for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be "strictly religious." At the end of his weekly general audience May 21, Pope Francis told an estimated 50,000 people in St. Peter's Square that he was about to make the trip. The first reason for going, he said, "is to meet my brother, Bartholomew," the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople. The meeting launched a new...
  • Seminarians in the Holy Land anticipate Pope's visit

    05/21/2014 6:46:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 21, 2014
    Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, May 21, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Holy Land prepares for the visit of Pope Francis, Catholic seminarians are praying for the visit's success and preparing with great anticipation to assist in a papal Mass. “Everywhere, in the Holy Land, people are praying for Pope Francis,” Joseph Sweiss, a Catholic seminarian from the area of Amman, Jordan, told Aid to the Church in Need. “We are so greatly looking forward to welcoming him. We Christians are only a small minority here in the Holy Land. Hence it is important to know that the Pope...
  • In Holy Land, Pope Francis will focus on unity, not ignore conflict

    05/16/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | May 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    A Christian pilgrim walks from the courtyard of St. Catherine Church where a poster for next weekend's visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land is displayed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (CNS/EPA) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims,...
  • Cardinal O’Brien weighs in on pope’s Holy Land pilgrimage

    05/14/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT · by Welchie25
    Catholic Review ^ | 5/14/14 | Paul McMullen
    When Pope Francis highlights his upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land by meeting with the leader of the Orthodox Church, the papal delegation will include Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, a most interested observer. Since May 2012, the archbishop emeritus of Baltimore has served as grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, which promotes the support and protection of Christians in the Holy Land. The pope is scheduled to meet May 25 in Jerusalem with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, according to Catholic News Service, “considered first among equals by Orthodox bishops.” According to an official itinerary, the...
  • Five arrested for planning Passover sacrifice on Temple Mount

    04/14/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Five Jewish Israelis were arrested Monday after allegedly attempting to sacrifice a goat at the Temple Mount in honor of the Passover holiday. The suspects were brought in to a nearby police station for further questioning. The goat was transferred to representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ynet reported. In the bible,a special ritual sacrifice is commanded on the Passover holiday and the custom was practiced by Jews during the First and Second Temple periods when their central shrine stood on the same site that today houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock . However, most rabbinic authorities...
  • Walled Nativity Scene Borders On Anti-Semitism, Jewish Leaders Say

    12/14/2007 7:25:59 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 100 replies · 2,226+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The sale of Nativity scenes with a wall running through the middle to symbolize Israel's security barrier borders on anti-Semitism, Jewish groups are saying. The Amos Trust, a British Christian charity that works with needy communities around the world, is selling the traditional Nativity sets with a political twist, noting that the wise men won't reach the stable because of the wall. The Amos Trust says its Nativity sets are made by Palestinian carpenters from olive wood from Bethlehem. Israel started building its security barrier -- a series of walls and fences -- in response to an...
  • Report: Obama to Hand Over Christian Holy Sites to Palestinian Thugs

    12/30/2013 1:02:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Once again Barack Obama is going to push Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorists. Barack Obama believes giving the terrorists more land will result in peace. It’s as if the Gaza transfer and disaster never happened. The Times of Israel reported: US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of...
  • I Want to Make Heaven My Home: what an ancient Biblical event can teach us about life today

    09/25/2013 3:13:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In daily Mass for the past number of days we’ve been reading from the books of Nehemiah and Ezra. These books deal with the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity.Most modern-day Christians have only a passing knowledge of these aspects of ancient Jewish history and these events may seem to have little to say to us. But in fact, they speak quite powerfully of very important human struggles today. Thus, a review of these historical events seems in order, as well as an application of them to our life and struggles today.To begin, the Jewish people, as...
  • Christmas message from Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

    12/24/2013 5:33:06 AM PST · by MarkBsnr · 2 replies
    Independant Catholic News ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
    “In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1. 4,5) We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, share with you the joy of this Christmas season of the Incarnation. Our physical closeness to the town of Bethlehem where this took place is a constant reminder to us of its wonderful reality. We praise God for the Word made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ from the pure blood of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for her willingness to...
  • Far From Happy Christmas for Christians in the Holy Land

    12/23/2013 7:01:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | December 23, 2013 | Kate Henderson
    “O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…” This hymn, and dozens like it will be sung all over the world soon, as they are every Christmas. Cards depicting the scene of the holy birth will decorate millions of houses. Nativities will be set up in homes, in shopping malls, in churches. But as people prepare to celebrate the humanity of a man known as Jesus of Nazareth, his homeland is no longer a safe place to be for those who follow him.
  • Op-Ed: The EU Auditors Report: A PA-EU Financial Scandal

    12/15/2013 11:16:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/13 | David Singer
    European taxpayers are supporting a massive fraud. The European Union (EU) has become embroiled in a financial scandal of massive proportions in relation to the financial assistance given by it to the Palestinian Authority (PA) since 1994. This appears very clear from the comprehensive European Court of Auditors Report dated 22 October 2013 which was only made public this week. The Report reveals the following: .....
  • Temple Mount Closes After Jewish Visitors Sing Hanukkah Songs

    12/01/2013 1:10:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 12/1/2013, 12:10 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Israeli police closed the Temple Mount Sunday after Jewish visitors to the Mount—which is Judaism’s holiest site and the exact spot of the events of the Hanukkah holiday—broke out into Hanukkah songs, enraging Muslim worshipers. Following the song, a scuffle broke out between Jews and Muslims. Four people were arrested. Police have decided to close the Mount to all visitors until further notice. …
  • PA Caught Digging at Ancient Hasmonean Fortress

    11/27/2013 5:10:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Arutz Sheva | Ari Yashar
    The fortress, an important site in the Maccabee revolts which Hanukkah commemorates, is located in 'Area A' not under Israeli control. Tour guides from the Kfar Etzion Field School this week discovered that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been digging at Beit Betzi, a Hasmonean fortress located between Bethlehem and the Herodion in "Area A." The Hasmonean revolt against the Greek empire is commemorated in the holiday of Hanukkah that begins Wednesday night. Following the Oslo Accords the site, one of the only existing discoveries from the days of the Hasmoneans, was transfered to PA control. News of PA digs...
  • Evangelicals: Vital for American Support for Israel

    10/14/2013 11:43:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 14, 2013 | Ronn Torossian
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Evangelicals: Vital for American Support for IsraelPosted By Ronn Torossian On October 14, 2013 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments American Jewish support has long been viewed as vital for the State of Israel’s political interests. The particulars of the recent high-profile Pew Research Center survey of American Jews should result in radical re-thinking of that theory (with the exception of Orthodox Jews.)  Those who are concerned with Israel’s future must now consider placing even more emphasis upon the Evangelical Christian community.  The study found that Christians are more supportive of,...
  • Found: Bathtub that could have belonged to priest who condemned JESUS to death

    09/18/2013 12:43:46 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th September 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    'Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient bathtub in a first-century mansion that could have belonged to one of the priests who was responsible for Jesus' death, while another expedition has found a town where Jesus is believed to have stayed following the feeding of the 5,000 miracle.'
  • Europe warns Assad against attacking Israel

    08/29/2013 2:07:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.29.13, 10:10 | Elior Levy
    Syrian President Bashar Assad has been warned against attacking Israel in case of a strike on his country, senior officials in the European Union told Kuwait’s al-Rai newspaper. According to the officials, Assad realizes that a potential Western assault would be a response to his army’s use of chemical weapons and not as a means to affect the current balance of power in Syria. …
  • Collapse reported on Temple Mount

    08/28/2013 6:02:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Israel Today ^ | August 27, 2013
    Eyewitnesses told Turkish media this week that a portion of the Temple Mount platform near the Al Aqsa Mosque has collapsed, creating a serious safety hazard and a possible threat to the stability of the Islamic structure. If the report is accurate, it would be the second serious collapse on the Temple Mount in the past five years. Palestinian officials claim that the collapses are caused by deliberate Israeli action to bring down the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock so that the Jewish Temple can be rebuilt. But archaeologists and engineers have been warning for...
  • Muslim History 101: Who has the better claim to the Temple Mount -- the Muslims or the Jews?

    08/15/2013 7:52:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/14/2013 | Mike Konrad
    This is what the fight is all about: In the center of Jerusalem is the sacred structure which the Jews label as the Temple Mount, and the Arabs refer to as the Haram al-Sharif (the noble sanctuary) and Al-Aqsa (the farthest Mosque). A mere 35 acres; yet touch it, and the Ummah [the Islamic homeland] will go to war. So who has the better claim? Ignoring the issue of political sovereignty, let us focus solely on which religion has the greater claim to that sacred space. According to the Quran, at one time all of mankind was Muslim; and all...
  • The Monumental Baalbek – The largest building blocks on Earth

    08/11/2013 10:47:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 39 replies
    ancient-origins.net ^ | 7-15-2013 | April Holloway
    In Lebanon, at an altitude of approximately 1,170 meters in Beqaa valley stands the famous Baalbek or known in Roman times as Heliopolis. Baalbek is an ancient site that has been used since the Bronze Age with a history of at least 9,000 years, according to evidence found during the German archaeological expedition in 1898. Baalbek was an ancient Phoenician city that was named by the name of the sky God Baal. The name ‘Baal’ in the Phoenician language meant ‘lord’ or ‘god’. Legends abound around Baalbek with some of them mentioning that Baalbek was the place where Baal first...