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  • 'A.D. The Bible Continues' Review: A Biblically Accurate Adventure With a Diverse Cast

    04/04/2015 7:29:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    "A.D. The Bible Continues" premieres on Sunday, April 5, to coincide with the Easter holiday. It's a time of celebration for Christians, and the new series from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey captures the turmoil and emotions of those witnesses to the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. The series opens with the final moments of Jesus' life played out: charges of blasphemy brought by the High Priest, Pontius Pilate washing his hands of accountability in Jesus' death, and the crucifixion. Viewers are introduced to a man desperately trying to spare his own life in the midst of...
  • Greek and the New Testament

    04/01/2015 9:51:00 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    The Basics ^ | Gene Cunningham
    The New Testament was written in the language used in the Greek-speaking world from about 300 B.C. to A.D. 500. It was known as Koine or "common" Greek because it was street languagethe language of the peopleas opposed to the classical Greek of literature. Koine Greek was devised within the ranks of Alexander the Great army for one reason: to conquer the world. When Alexander first began pulling together an army from the Greek city-states over which he had won ascendancy, he found he had a serious problem. When his drill sergeants bellowed, "Left face, forward march," every soldier moved...
  • Papyrus Found in Mummy Mask May Hold Oldest Known Gospel Text

    01/23/2015 9:20:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 01/23/2015 | By James Maynard
    The Gospel of Mark has been discovered written on a tiny fragment of ancient papyrus, found within a mummy mask. During the era when the mask was created, papyrus was expensive, and the religious text was reused to create the decorative wear for the mummy. This discovery could represent the oldest gospel text ever found by archaeologists. The oldest samples of Christian scripture date from the Second Century of the Common Era. Pharaohs and wealthy individuals were often adorned with mummy masks made of gold and precious materials. Masks for people from lower economic classes were often manufactured from papyrus,...
  • How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

    12/08/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | John Lomperis
    Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances or internal practices have been for the worse. But one key way in which American evangelicals have not been closely hewing to the faithful biblical example of our spiritual forefathers and foremothers is in the basic attitude and response we often have towards what to do about blatant unfaithfulness within the church itself. People often romantically long for the purity of "the New Testament church."...
  • Did St. Jerome's Vulgate (containing the Masoretic Text) provide correct quotes for the NT?

    09/22/2014 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 75 replies
    9/22/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jerome's Vulgate was the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin --- directly from the Masoretic Text. Given that, was Jerome's Version, the Vulgate, inspired by God if Jesus did not quote from the Masoretic Text? If Jesus Christ did not quote from the Masoretic Text, what authoritative power(s) could the original Vulgate have contained, and what authentic inspiration did Jerome possess at that time of his translation? At the time its translation the Vulgate was considered to be authoritative, but how correct were any at this time to declare the Vulgate to be authoritative and/or inspired? If it...
  • WATCH: Bono's Unexpected Response to 'Who Is Jesus?' Question

    04/17/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 904 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 31 March 14 | Charisma News Staff
    U2 frontman Bono talks about his faith and answers the question "Who is Jesus?" in the video below. Click play to watch. Link Here with Video (2 mins 46 secs)
  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
  • Romans 1:17ff A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

    07/01/2013 4:26:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/30/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. As an inspired text it traces out not only the current of the times, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for us to read Scripture with the Church and exercise the care the Church would have us show and, at the end of the day, to submit our understanding to the rule of faith and the context of Sacred Tradition.With those parameters in mind, I would...
  • Be Clothed in the Beauty of Holiness! A Meditation on the Virtues in Colossians 3

    12/30/2013 2:52:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/30/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In yesterday’s blog post, (which was actually a written version of my Sunday sermon), I mentioned that it might make sense for us to look more deeply at some of the virtues In the Letter to the Colossians which ought to be cultivated by a Christian, especially in the family setting.The third chapter of The Letter to the Colossians, while speaking in a general way about vices to be avoided and virtues to be cultivated, has a particular family focus since it builds to its conclusion about wives being submitted, husbands loving their wives, and children obeying their parents. Because...
  • The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ

    03/17/2013 12:48:35 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/17/2013 | Mark Musser
    The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (33 A.D.) is the most attested historical fact of the ancient world. In addition to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is also widely attested by Greco-Roman and Jewish writers. Closely related, history also confirms that the tomb of Jesus Christ on that first Easter morning was indeed empty. Every vested party knew where Jesus was buried after he died. Yet on Easter, the tomb was found empty, and nobody has ever been recovered ...
  • Bill OReilly: The Bible contradicts itself

    03/02/2013 10:15:26 PM PST · by TBP · 249 replies
    WND ^ | 3/1/13 | Unknown
    Fox News anchor Bill OReilly, who is writing an upcoming book titled Killing Jesus, proclaimed on his program Wednesday night that a lot of the Bible is allegorical, and the New Testament Gospels contradict themselves. OReilly made the remarks during an interview with Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, executive producers of The Bible TV miniseries which begins this Sunday night on the History Channel.
  • Mailmen Refuse to Deliver 'New Testament'

    04/25/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT · by pavlova · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Mar. 3, 2012 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of mail deliverers who were supposed to deliver copies of the Christian "New Testament" Bible to homes in Ramat Gan refused to do so, arguing that the deliveries constituted "missionary material." The mail deliverers said that distributing missionary material is forbidden by Jewish law (Halakha) and may also be against state law. They therefore asked that a legal inquiry be held before taking a decision on whether to hand out the Bibles. The postal workers contacted MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) and asked him to assist them vis--vis the Postal Authority, which they say demands that they "do their...
  • 1st-century New Testament fragment: more details emerge

    02/29/2012 11:27:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 12+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 02/29/2012 | Michael Foust
    DALLAS (BP) -- The seminary professor who surprised the academic world by saying a first-century fragment of Mark's Gospel had been found has released new information along with two new claims -- an early sermon on Hebrews and the earliest-known manuscripts of Paul's letters also have been discovered. Details about the finds will be published in an academic book in 2013, says Dallas Theological Seminary's Daniel B. Wallace, a New Testament professor. Wallace started the buzz on Feb. 1 when, during a debate with author and skeptic Bart Ehrman, he made the claim about the Mark fragment, which would be...
  • Sacrificial Language in the Book of Romans

    01/01/2012 7:59:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Paredwka ^ | Fr. Benjamin Hardu
    To be Prosphora Romans 15:15-16, Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister [λειτουργόv] of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering [ἱερουργounta] the gospel of God, that the offering [προσφορά] of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. From Strong's Dictionary and Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon: λειτουργός - a public minister, a servant of the state a minister, servant - so of military labourers - of the temple + of one busied with holy things +...
  • Which Came First: The Church or the New Testament?

    12/30/2011 7:07:29 PM PST · by rzman21 · 777 replies · 1+ views
    Orthodoxinfo.com ^ | by Fr. James Bernstein
    As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures. In fact, it had been through reading the Gospels in the "forbidden book" called the New Testament, at age sixteen, that I had come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our promised Messiah. In my early years as a Christian, much of my religious education came from private Bible reading. By the time I entered college, I had a pocket-sized version of the whole Bible that was my constant companion. I would commit...
  • Archaeology and the New Testament

    12/03/2011 1:04:14 PM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Apologetics Press, Inc ^ | 2004 | Kyle Butt, M.A.
    Archaeology and the New Testament by  Kyle Butt, M.A. Any time a book alleges to report historical events accurately, that book potentially opens itself up to an immense amount of criticism. If such a book claims to be free from all errors in its historical documentation, the criticism frequently becomes even more intense. But such should be the case, for it is the responsibility of present and future generations to know and understand the past, and to insist that history, including certain monumental moments, is recorded and related as accurately as possible. The New Testament does not necessarily claim to...
  • What Jesus said about homosexuality -- Part 2

    12/01/2011 12:14:40 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-18-2011 | Dan Popp
    In my previous essay I tried to show how two of Jesus' teachings bear on the issue of whether He condones homosexual behavior. These were words directly from His mouth that deal with our question indirectly. In this article I plan to discuss an indirect way He addressed the direct issue, as well as a direct way He dealt with the matter directly. Yes, Jesus had a surprising amount to say about homosexuality. Jesus' commission: The Apostles speak for Him It must have seemed like a good idea at the time: to print the "Words of Christ in Red." But...
  • Has your Thanksgiving turkey been sacrificed to idols?

    11/22/2011 9:40:15 AM PST · by DetroitRight · 131 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 21, 2011 | Drew Zahn
    Apologies if this has already been postedAs you sit down with your family on Thanksgiving and consider offering a prayer of gratitude, be aware the turkey at the center of the table may have already been "blessed" in the name of Allah. Customer service representatives from Butterball, one of America's most popular Turkey brands, confirmed to WND that the company's whole turkeys are without being labeled as such slaughtered according to Islamic "halal" standards. "Halal slaughter involves cutting the trachea, the esophagus and the jugular vein and letting the blood drain out while saying, 'Bismillah allahu akbar'...
  • 2,000-Year-Old Priestly Burial Box Is Real, Archaeologists Say

    06/29/2011 11:05:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 10 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Foxnews.com
    JERUSALEM Israeli scholars say they have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box bearing the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas of the New Testament. The ossuary bears an inscription with the name "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri." To confirm the authenticity of the ossuary, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who discovered the ancient burial box turned to Dr. Boaz Zissu of the Department of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology of Bar Ilan University and Professor Yuval Goren of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient...
  • Is the New Testament Forged? New book by major NT scholar makes mincemeat of Christian's faith

    03/28/2011 12:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/28/2011 | Jerry Newcombe
    A new book by a major New Testament scholar is sure to make mincemeat of many peoples faith. Needlessly. The scholar is the iconoclastic Dr. Bart Ehrman, who teaches religion at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The book is called Forged: Why the Bibles Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. Ehrman said on a radio broadcast that about 75 percent of the New Testament documents are supposedly forged. Theyre frauds. Dr. Sam Lamerson is a conservative New Testament scholar who teaches at Knox Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale. (By way of full disclosure, I earned a theology...
  • [Why I Am Catholic: Because God Became Man (Despite His Flawed Human Ancestors)

    01/23/2011 2:58:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Why I Am Catholic.blogspot.com ^ | Saturday, December 18, 2010 | Frank Weathers
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 Because God Became Man (Despite His Flawed Human Ancestors) Posted by Frank Feast of Blessed Anthony GrassiThis day is just beginning, but I can't let it go forward without mentioning yesterdays Gospel reading. It is from Chapter 1 in Matthew and it is the genealogy of Jesus. Here the gospel writer goes to great pains to show that Our Lord and Savior is indeed descended from the line of King David. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling with portraits of Our Lord's earthly ancestors. After reading this post, you may think that earthy is a better...
  • The Historical Context of the New Testament (Real LDS/Mormon)

    01/20/2011 3:23:39 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 24 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Thomas A. Wayment
    The Historical Context of the New Testament By ThomasA. WaymentAssociate Professor of Ancient Scripture, Brigham Young UniversityThomas A. Wayment, "The Historical Context of the New Testament", Ensign, Jan. 2011, 5055Understanding the origins of this remarkable book of scripture can inspire our study.Each volume of sacred scripture has its own unique history and bears testimony to the gospel of salvation in its own distinct way. The New Testament has the distinction of being the volume of scripture that preserves the words of individuals who knew Jesus personally or who followed Him shortly after His Resurrectionmaking the New Testament an invaluable...
  • Jim Caviezel back as Jesus in English this time (World-class audio production gets 5 stars)

    07/27/2010 11:48:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 3+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 07/27/2010
    An all-star cast, original music score, compelling sound effects and top-notch technical work went into the latest dramatic Bible audio production – and it's paying off with five-star reviews. The Word of Promise New Testament is more than 20 hours long in a faithful telling of the New King James Version with a familiar star as Jesus. Jim Caviezel reprises his role in Mel Gibson's "The Passion." He's joined by more than 500 other actors on the project. The narrator is Michael York. Richard Dreyfuss has a close encounter with Mount Sinai as Moses. Gary Sinise plays David. Jason Alexander...
  • New Testament Passages Concerning Homosexuality

    04/26/2010 12:14:18 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 615+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/26/2010 | Don Costello
    Romans 1:21-27 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and to fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature...
  • LUKE - "A Historian of the First Rank"

    04/04/2010 1:54:15 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies · 464+ views
    Starting about 150 years ago, scholars in Europe started rejecting the historical records of Saint Luke. These academics declared that there was no evidence to support the existence of several locations and leaders mentioned in Luke's writings, and therefore, they rejected the entirety of his account. However, I discovered that archaeological finds during the last century have revealed that Luke was a very accurate historian and the two books he authored were absolutely authoritative records of history! One of the greatest archaeologists of all time was Sir William Ramsay. He studied under the famous German historical schools in the mid-nineteenth...
  • Evidence for Trustworthiness of the BIBLE: Archaeological Discoveries

    12/13/2009 2:41:34 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies · 2,126+ views
    alwaysbeready.com ^ | unknown | Charlie H. Campbell
    For the past 150 years archaeologists have been verifying the exact truthfulness of the Bible's detailed records of various events, customs, persons, cities, nations, and geographical locations. Dr. Nelson Glueck probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, has said, No archeological discovery has ever controverted [overturned] a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries. In every instance where the Bible can be, or has been checked out...
  • Christ, Lunatic or God?

    11/05/2009 9:30:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 661+ views
    Christ, Lunatic or God? If reason alone were all we had to establish the existence and essence of God, we might feel curiously dissatisfied. If God is a Supreme Spirit, omnipotent and of total benevolence, the origin and end of us all, why does He not speak and re-assure us? The Christian claim is that, in fact, God has spoken to mankind first in the prophets of the Old Testament and last of all through His Son made man. The historical existence of Christ is what we are now concerned with and also with His claim to be the Son...
  • Testimony of the Evangelists - by Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853)

    05/07/2009 12:03:59 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 689+ views
    bibleteacher.org ^ | 1846 | Simon Greenleaf
    Testimony of the Evangelists by Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) Simon Greenleaf , one of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School, originally set out to disprove the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen. I n examining the evidence of the Christian religion,it is essential to the discovery of truth that...
  • On the patristic witness to the integrity of the New Testament

    09/06/2009 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Tefilo · 16 replies · 927+ views
    and its consequences upon sectarian teachings. Folks, OK, so me and my tables. Blame it on a personal idiosyncrasy that favors tabular data organization. But before we go deeper into it, consider this statement: if we were to suddenly lose every single manuscript of the New Testament, we will be able to rebuild it almost word-for-word from the written words of the Fathers of the Church alone. This fact has holds some profound consequences, as we will see further below. But now, the table, the source also being The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict:Early Patristic Quotations of the New...
  • On the integrity of the New Testament manuscript evidence

    09/05/2009 3:16:45 PM PDT · by Tefilo · 16 replies · 1,059+ views
    Lets question the common-sense double-standard. Folks, I was reading this article published today in Time Magazine online, entitled, The Burial Box of Jesus' Brother: A Case Against Fraud, because the controversy has been around for a while and of course, because of the significance of the artifact were the claims to its authenticity be proven beyond reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, the introductory paragraph disappointed me, although I am already used to this case of disappointment coming from the so-called mainstream experts. Check it out: The world of biblical archaeology was stirred in 2002 by the unveiling of a limestone burial box...
  • Education Week: How are we saved?

    08/21/2009 11:18:19 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies · 756+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Aug. 20, 2009 | Michael De Groote
    PROVO, Utah -- Mormons are sometimes thrown off by the question, "Are you saved?" This is, in part, because members of the LDS Church have a different idea of what "saved" means. Ted M. Bair, a retired Church Educational System teacher, explained to a class at BYU's Campus Education Week on Thursday, Aug. 20, not only how to be saved, but also showed that several Christian religions have different ideas of how people are saved. Bair said there are three general ways that other Christian religions think about being saved. 1. We are saved by grace no matter what. You...
  • The New Testament Documents - Are They Reliable?

    08/15/2009 10:48:49 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 70 replies · 2,015+ views
    Christian Corps International Libraries ^ | not mentioned | F.F. Bruce
    2. What are the dates of these documents? The crucifixion of Christ took place, it is generally agreed, about AD 30. According to Luke iii. I, the activity of John the Baptist, which immediately preceded the commencement of our Lord's public ministry, is dated in 'the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar'. Now, Tiberius became emperor in August, AD 14, and according to the method of computation current in Syria, which Luke would have followed, his fifteenth year commenced in September or October, AD a7.1 The fourth Gospel mentions three Passovers after this time; the third Passover from that date would...
  • From Apostolicity To The Twenty-Seven-Book New Testament

    05/25/2009 8:47:19 AM PDT · by Ottofire · 10 replies · 452+ views
    Triablogue ^ | MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009 | Jason Engwer
    Monday, May 25, 2009 From Apostolicity To The Twenty-Seven-Book New Testament Abbreviations CGM = Craig Keener, A Commentary On The Gospel Of Matthew (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1999) CNT = Bruce Metzger, The Canon Of The New Testament (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997) CPE = George Knight III, The Pastoral Epistles (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2000) FPP = Craig Blomberg, From Pentecost To Patmos (Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman, 2006) GJC = Craig Keener, The Gospel Of John: A Commentary, Vol. 1 (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003) HEB = William Lane, Hebrews 1-8 (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 1991) INT...
  • Radio Replies Volume One: Value of the Gospels

    05/05/2009 9:29:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 662+ views
    icatholicism.net ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Value of the Gospels 103. Will you prove the reliability of the Gospels according to the five requirements outlined by yourself to a previous inquirer? By all means, although I cannot go very deeply into the matter in the brief time at my disposal. However I shall do my best to give the main elements. Firstly, the authors assigned wrote the books attributed to them. A knowledge of Hebrew shows that the authors were certainly Jews. Historical and political references show that they were Jews of the first century, for Palestine is shown under conditions before and not after the...
  • The Holy Bible (multiple translations, links on 1 page)

    02/16/2009 8:50:27 AM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies · 779+ views
    BibleGateway.com ^ | February 16, 2009 | Vanity
    This is a great reference source for Bible study and general online reading. Links to all Books and Chapters are on one page which makes this very helpful. Also there are audios of a number of translations. Here are links to some of the more popular and reliable English language translations. 1. New International Version - http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/?action=getVersionInfo&vid=31 2. New American Standard Bible - http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/?action=getVersionInfo&vid=49#books 3. New King James - http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/?action=getVersionInfo&vid=50 4. Amplified Bible - http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/?action=getVersionInfo&vid=45 5. Holman Christian Standard Bible - http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/?action=getVersionInfo&vid=77 6. King James Version - http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/?action=getVersionInfo&vid=9
  • St. Thomas Aquinas' biblical commentaries on five Pauline letters now online

    02/15/2009 7:18:42 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Vivificat ^ | Saturday, February 14, 2009 | Tefilo de Jess
    The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal of Ave Mara University has made available the following unpublished translations, done years ago by Fr. Fabian Larcher, of St. Thomas Aquinas's biblical commentaries on Hebrews, Colossians, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians. Until a couple years ago, these unpublished translations - good but left unpublished because they are not critical editions (i.e. with footnotes, using the most critically up-to-date Latin text etc.) - existed only in typescripts kept in a box by Fr. Pierre Conway OP of the Dominican House in Washington D.C. He gave the typescripts to the Aquinas Center on the...
  • Ancient Bible with a murky past is on the path to a new era of clarity

    01/22/2009 8:44:06 AM PST · by houston1 · 19 replies · 876+ views
    Times Online ^ | 06/24/2008 | The Times
    The story of the Codex Sinaiticus Bible, the oldest complete copy of the New Testament in existence, reads like a script from an Indiana Jones film. Ever since a German explorer controversially removed it from an Egyptian monastery, four countries have fought for control over the ancient manuscript. From today, extracts from the 4th-century Greek original can be viewed online. Behind the scenes, however, harsh and negative discussions continue between Britain, Russia, Egypt and Germany to establish who has the right to the priceless artifact ...snip... The surviving copy of St Mark's Gospel, handwritten in Greek more than 1,600 years...
  • Historical Jesus - Please help [VANITY]

    10/31/2008 11:42:18 AM PDT · by rivercat · 64 replies · 1,596+ views
    vanity ^ | 10/31/2008 | rivercat
    I'm sure there are some fellow Freepers out there that have encountered a similar circumstance. This is a very simplistic description of the circumstances... I have 60 year old friend that's been an active Christian all of her life. A few days ago, her ailing mother announced that she was now an athiest. She took my friend to several places on the web and showed her why Jesus, G-d, etc, are all just a clever scheme invented to control the people. You should see my friend, she is devastated, and her whole faith and belief system has been shaken. She...
  • Ground Breaking Dig Backs Jesus' Divinity

    10/15/2008 9:48:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies · 2,031+ views
    SydneyanglicanS ^ | October 8, 2008 | Mark Hadley
    The Life of Jesus film crew has gained rare access to an archaeological find that cements historical evidence early Christians worshiped Jesus as divine. Dr John Dickson, the series’ host and co-founder of the Centre for Public Christianity, will guide viewers through the remains of an ancient prayer hall unearthed at Megiddo in central Israel. “The inscriptions on the mosaic floor are remarkable,” Dr Dickson says. “One of them names a benefactor called Gaianus who is described as a centurion. Another mentions a woman called Akeptous who ‘…offered this table in memorial of the God Jesus Christ’.” The inscriptions cast...
  • Earliest Reference Describes Christ as 'Magician' [ sez Ogoistais ]

    10/06/2008 11:02:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies · 1,228+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that, according to an expert epigrapher, could be engraved with the world's first known reference to Christ... The full engraving on the bowl reads, "DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS," which has been interpreted by French epigrapher and professor emeritus Andre Bernand as meaning either, "by Christ the magician" or "the magician by Christ." ...He and his colleagues found the object during an excavation of the underwater ruins...
  • The Historicity of Jesus Christ [Open Thread under Religion Moderator's Guidelines]

    08/04/2008 1:19:19 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 86 replies · 593+ views
    History | August 3, 2008 | Kevmo
    The historicity of Christ is as axiomatic for an unbiased historian as the historicity of Julius Caesar. It is not historians who propagate the Christ-myth theories.~F.F. Bruce. Historian Durant: In the enthusiasm of its discoveries the Higher Criticism has applied to the New Testament tests of authenticity so severe that by them a hundred ancient worthiese.g., Hammurabi, David, Socrateswould fade into legend. Greco-Roman historian Michael Grant, who certainly has no theological axe to grind, indicates that there is more evidence for the existence of Jesus than there is for a large number of famous pagan personages - yet no one...
  • THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCUMENTS Are they Reliable? (Preface, Chapt. 1)

    02/16/2008 2:24:23 PM PST · by blue-duncan · 7 replies · 103+ views
    PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION Reliable as what?' asked a discerning reviewer of the first edition of this little work, by way of a comment on the title. His point, I think, was that we should be concerned with the reliability of the New Testament as a witness to God's selfrevelation in Christ rather than with its reliability as a record of historical fact. True; but the two questions are closely related. For, since Christianity claims to be a historical revelation, it is not irrelevant to look at its foundation documents from the standpoint of historical criticism. When the first...
  • Christians Wrong About Heaven

    02/08/2008 7:25:41 PM PST · by 49th · 102 replies · 207+ views
    Time ^ | February 7, 2008 | David Van Biema
    "Tom" Wright is one of the most formidable figures in the world of Christian thought. As Bishop of Durham, he is the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England and a major player in the strife-riven global Anglican Communion; as a much-read theologian and Biblical scholar he has taught at Cambridge and is a hero to conservative Christians worldwide for his 2003 book The Resurrection of the Son of God, which argued forcefully for a literal interpretation of that event. TIME: At one point you call the common view of heaven a "distortion and serious diminution of Christian...
  • Professor Cites Bible in Faulting Tax Policies

    12/26/2007 6:24:35 AM PST · by hripka · 6 replies · 248+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/25/2007 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    At a time when some voters are asking how the religious views of candidates will shape their policies, a professor’s discovery of how little tax the biggest landowners in her state paid to finance the government has prompted some other legal scholars to scour religious texts to explore the moral basis of tax and spending policies. The professor, Susan Pace Hamill, is an expert at tax avoidance for small businesses and teaches at the University of Alabama Law School. She also holds a degree in divinity from a conservative evangelical seminary, where her master’s thesis explored how Alabama’s tax-and-spend policies...
  • The Rev. Michael Moore (Joseph Farah Sets Moore Straight About Homosexuality In The NT Alert)

    07/19/2007 10:41:09 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 39 replies · 1,129+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 07/20/2007 | Joseph Farah
    Fresh from the success of his latest agitprop promoting socialized medicine, "Sicko" filmmaker Michael Moore is considering whether he will use his next movie to teach us all a thing or two about the mind and will of God. That's right, call him the Rev. Michael Moore. Specifically, he intends to share his biblical wisdom regarding the issue of homosexuality and what he sees as irrational hatred of it. "I think it's a very ripe subject for someone like me to make a movie about," he told the homosexual magazine the Advocate. "Simply because we are not there yet and...
  • The New Testament: In Medio Ecclesiae

    06/07/2007 4:07:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 231 replies · 3,044+ views
    Catholic Faith ^ | Jan 2001 | Thomas Storck
    The New Testament: In Medio Ecclesiaeby Thomas StorckOne of the strangest things about the theology of Protestants and of others, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, who claim to base their doctrine on Sacred Scripture, is their use of Scripture as a judge, even an enemy, of the Catholic Church. That is, by treating Scripture as independent of the Church, instead of as something produced by the Church, they erect the Bible, particularly the New Testament, into something it was never intended to be, an entirely independent source of sacred doctrine. In this article I intend to show from the text of...
  • How to Read the New Testament

    05/21/2007 1:31:42 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 434 replies · 5,168+ views
    Townhall ^ | 5/21/2007 | Mike S. Adams
    Everyone I know seems to be reading the Bible these days in search of answers. That is usually a good thing but not always. In fact, too many of the Biblical discussions I get into with friends and family members relate to the End Times and whether they are upon us. That is a shame because reading the Bible can enrich ones daily life provided one is not obsessed with using it as a device to decipher the future. Because of one relatively simple error in dating one book of the New Testament, author Tim LaHaye has misled tens of...
  • FAITH COMES BY HEARING--NT ON MP3 [SOLA SCRIPTURA PROVEN]

    01/24/2007 5:24:55 AM PST · by Quix · 113 replies · 1,122+ views
    FAITH COMES BY HEARING--NT ON MP3 [SOLA SCRIPTURA PROVEN] By Quix with appendixes from the FCBH website Pastor Brent, of our churchDESERT HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CHURCHhas partnered with FAITH COMES BY HEARING (FCBH) to collect $25,000 to translate the NT into a South American language. The Seranon sp? people group have had written Scriptures since the late 1800s as I recall. But the vast majority (90%?) of the population are illiterate. The organization brings together the copyright holders of at least one major Bible translation with the means and resources of translating Scripture into language groups where there is no Scripture...
  • The Character of Gods Words [Septuagint is a Fraud]

    01/06/2007 7:13:58 AM PST · by Titanites · 614 replies · 6,287+ views
    The Dean Burgon Society ^ | July, 2005 | H. D. Williams, M.D.
    SO, WHAT IS THE GREEK TEXT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT?The questions, probabilities, possibilities, problems and use related to the imaginary Septuagint proposed by individuals such as Karen Jobes, Ph.D., Moises Silva, Ph.D., Henry Barclay Swete, D.D., Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton, and the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) have been answered by men in the Dean Burgon Society as well as Dean Burgon himself. In addition, what is so appallingly apparent in the liberals dialogue is the paucity of discussion of the Received or Traditional Greek and the Masoretic Text by name. They skirt the issue by glancing comments about...
  • New Testament Fever: Liberal Media Use Gospel to Bash Israel Over Qana

    08/02/2006 7:18:48 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies · 880+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 2, 2006 - 09:47 A wave of New Testament fever seems to be gripping liberal media types. As reported here, during a recent Good Morning America, Chris Cuomo noted that the Gospel of John denotes Qana as the place where Jesus turned water into wine. Who would have thought that Adam Shatz - of the far-left Nation magazine - would be a New Testament maven? But, saints alive, he leads his op-ed in today's LA Times with the very same story. What could account for this new-found interest in the New Testament? You don't suppose it...