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  • Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?

    04/12/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | 4-12-11 | Nir Hasson
    Journalist Simcha Jacobovici believes that the nails discovered in a Jerusalem cave are revolutionary in their implications regarding the birth of Christianity. The Peace Forest is a small grove of pines sandwiched between the Abu Tor neighborhood and main promenade in Jerusalem. Anyone walking along the road that snakes through the grove can see a green pipe rising from the ground and reaching a height of several meters. This pipe, if journalist Simcha Jacobovici is to be believed, this is the physical tip of an archaeological detective story in the style of the Da Vinci Code. And this pipe is...
  • New York Times Runs Easter Story Suggesting Resurrection Didn't Happen

    04/08/2015 2:44:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 8, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A few weeks ago, an Israeli geologist met with a reporter from the New York Times in the lobby of Jerusalem's King David Hotel. The geologist brought along evidence. Just before Easter, the Times came out with his story. The geologist, Aryeh Shimron, claims to have proof of a connection between a famous ossuary, or burial box for bones, and a tomb of in the environs of Jerusalem that, he believes, was the final resting place for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife and his family. If he were right, his theory would call into question the truth of the Resurrection. The Times...
  • Study finds genetic links among Jewish people

    06/03/2010 12:09:49 PM PDT · by decimon · 46 replies · 867+ views
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine ^ | June 3, 2010 | Unknown
    Results could shed light on origins of various diseasesJune 3, 2010 — (BRONX, NY) — Using sophisticated genetic analysis, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and New York University School of Medicine have published a study indicating that Jews are a widely dispersed people with a common ancestry. Jews from different regions of the world were found to share many genetic traits that are distinct from other groups and that date back to ancient times. The study also provides the first detailed genetic maps of the major Jewish subpopulations, a resource that can be used to...
  • The Edicts of King Ashoka

    07/18/2004 7:46:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 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...
  • More Than 7,200 Indian Jews to Immigrate to Israel

    09/27/2011 3:42:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Times of India ^ | Sep 27, 2011
    The Israeli government is expected to approve the long awaited 'aliyah' (immigration) of more than 7,200 Indian Jews from the north-eastern states of Manipur and Mizoram in the coming weeks, a media report said. The decision to allow the last members of the "lost" Bnei Menashe tribe to immigrate to Israel is being greeted with excitement by local Evangelical Christian groups, who view it as fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and who have pledged financial support for the move, 'The Jerusalem Post' daily reported. The ministerial committee on immigration and absorption, headed by foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, decided, about three months...
  • Murder and torture shakes an ancient pillar of the city

    12/05/2008 5:08:17 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 9 replies · 625+ views
    The Times Online, UK ^ | 5 Dec., 2008 | The Times Online, UK
    Early reports that two heavily armed Islamist extremists had broken into a mottled apartment block in south Mumbai almost escaped notice. Within hours, however, it had dawned on India’s Jews, a community that traces its roots to the court of King Solomon, that for the first time in their history they had been targeted because of their religion. SNIP “We are a tolerant society, we’ve never had any antiSemitism in India. We can’t fathom the reasons for this attack,” Elijah Jacob, a local Jewish leader, said. “We can no longer remain complacent.” Numbering only about 5,000 in a city of...
  • Matzah and Marco Polo

    06/29/2011 4:01:20 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 24 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | June 29, 2011 | Wendy Wippel
    Explorer Marco Polo traveled from Venice to China in the year 1260 AD, returning a few years later with tales of black stones that heated rooms (coal), clothing laced with gold, and the presence of prosperous Jews in Beijing. These outlandish claims earned him the nickname "man of a million lies." Two hundred years later Jesuit missionaries confirmed, at least, the presence of Jews in Beijing. Jesuit Matthew Ricci, in 1605, encountered a young Chinese man, Ai T’ien. In stark contrast to the rest of the Chinese population, Ai T'ien claimed to worship a single God. Further questioning (after Ai...
  • India's 'lost Jews' wait in hope

    08/19/2004 7:11:00 PM PDT · by missyme · 597 replies · 3,952+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 18th, 2003 | Geeta Pandey
    A team of senior Israeli rabbis is due to rule soon on whether thousands of Indians who say they are members of one of the lost tribes of Israel can settle there. Only 5,000 of the Benei Menashes have converted to Judaism Shlomo Amar recently led a delegation of rabbis to the north-eastern Indian states of Manipur and Mizoram where members of the Benei Menashe tribe live and practise Judaism. At the Beith-el Synagogue in the Manipur capital, Imphal, nine men wearing knitted skull caps read silently from the Old Testament. Four others stand on a wooden platform in the...
  • Jews Assists Ancient Chinese to Make Earliest Paper Money: Expert

    04/09/2007 11:09:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1,245+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | Friday, December 15, 2000 | unattributed
    It is well known that "jiaozi," world's earliest paper money, originated in China some 800 years ago. But latest research indicate that Jews used to assist ancient China in doing this might surprise most people. "Jiaozi," also named "jiaochao," appeared in China in 1154 during the reign of the Jin regime (1115-1234). It was believed in the past that Jin regime hired coining workers of Song (960-1279), Jin's preceding dynasty, to make the paper notes. But Qiu Shiyu, researcher of the Harbin Academy of Sciences and expert of Jin history, concluded that Jews used to take part in the work...
  • 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...
  • Rabbinate Recognizes Bnei Menashe as “Descendants of Israel"

    03/31/2005 9:05:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 32 replies · 1,102+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-31-05
    Rabbinate Recognizes Bnei Menashe as “Descendants of Israel" 16:47 Mar 31, '05 / 20 Adar 5765 In a historic decision, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has decided to formally recognize the Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India as “descendants of Israel.” The Chief Rabbinate has also agreed to send a beit din (rabbinical court) on its behalf to the region to formally convert them to Judaism. The Bnei Menashe claim descent from the tribe of Menashe, one of the ten tribes exiled from the Land of Israel by the Assyrian empire over 2,700 years ago. They reside primarily in...
  • India's children of Israel find their roots

    07/20/2002 11:47:58 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 55 replies · 3,568+ views
    Timesof India ^ | 7.21.02 | RASHMEE Z AHMED
    LONDON: More than 2,000 years after they first claimed to have set foot in India, the mystery of the world's most obscure Jewish community - the Marathi-speaking Bene Israel - may finally have been solved with genetic carbon-dating revealing they carry the unusual Moses gene that would make them, literally, the original children of Israel. Four years of DNA tests on the 4,000-strong Bene Israel, now mainly based in Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Ahmedabad, indicates they are probable descendants of a small group of hereditary Israelite priests or Cohanim, according to new results exclusively made available to the Sunday Times...
  • India's Lost Tribe Recognized As Jews After 2,700 Years

    09/16/2005 5:56:52 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 2,157+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2005 | Peter Foster
    India's lost tribe recognised as Jews after 2,700 years By Peter Foster in Aizawl (Filed: 17/09/2005) With a cry of "Mazeltov" and a Rabbi's congratulatory handshake, hundreds of tribal people from India's north-east were formally converted to Judaism this week after being recognised as descendants of the 10 Lost Tribes exiled from Israel 2,700 years ago. A rabbinical court, dispatched with the blessing of Israel's Chief Rabbi, travelled 3,500 miles to Mizoram on India's border with Burma to perform the conversions using a Mikvah - ritual bath - built specially for the purpose. There were emotional scenes as the Oriental-looking...
  • 'Lost tribe' of Israel Faces Summer Evac

    07/05/2005 6:12:42 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 17 replies · 912+ views
    WND ^ | July 5, 2005 | Aaron Klein
    FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU 'Lost tribe' of Israel faces summer evac Group believing it descended from Joseph among those targeted for ouster in August Posted: July 5, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza -- They claim to have been forcibly exiled from Israel 2,700 years ago. Following intense lobbying, hundreds recently arrived in the Jewish state from India to settle in what they believe to be their homeland. Now residing in the Jewish communities of Gaza, the group is once again facing exile, this time at the hands of the Israeli government. Meet...
  • The Lemba (The Black Jews Of Southern Africa)

    03/14/2005 6:53:09 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies · 4,092+ views
    T h e L e m b a The Black Jews of Southern Africa Historical Introduction Over 2,700 years ago, the Assyrians exiled the ten tribes of the Kingdom of Israel. "In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and he carried them away to Assyria and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of Medes." In the years 722-721 BC (over 2700 years ago), the Ten Tribes who comprised the northern Kingdom of Israel disappeared. Conquered by the Assyrian King Shalmaneser V, they were exiled to...
  • Jewish Stories for a Lost Tribe of Israel

    12/18/2004 4:58:04 PM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 800+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 15:23 Dec 17, '04 / 5 Tevet 5765
    For the first time, members of a Lost Tribe of Israel in northeastern India will be able to read about great Jewish figures from the Talmud in their native tongue. The Shavei Israel organization, a Jerusalem-based group which assists “lost Jews” seeking to return to the Jewish people, has just published a collection of stories about Jewish sages in the Mizo language, which is spoken by the Bnei Menashe in the Indian state of Mizoram. The Bnei Menashe claim descent from the lost tribe of Manasseh, who were exiled from the Land of Israel by the Assyrians over 2,700 years...
  • Did Israel's Lost Tribes end up in Afghanistan?

    02/02/2002 9:22:59 PM PST · by CommiesOut · 95 replies · 1,032+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03 FEB 2002 | Tom Heneghan
    Did Israel's Lost Tribes end up in Afghanistan? By Tom Heneghan KABUL, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Considering all they shunned and shattered in their quest for pure Islam, Afghanistan's now vanquished Taliban seem to have overlooked the awkward legend that they were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. The Pashtun tribes that produced the Taliban, one of the most zealous sects the Muslim world has ever seen, have traditionally traced their roots to the Jews who disappeared after the Babylonian Captivity in the sixth century B.C. The legend, which seems bizarre in light of Jewish-Muslim tensions since the creation ...
  • The Ten Lost Tribes: The Case for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Pakistan

    09/24/2001 8:53:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 101 replies · 14,892+ views
    Moshiach.com ^ | current | moshiach.com
    What follows is initial evidence that links some people groups in Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Israel. It is thought provoking. HOWEVER, IN POSTING THIS, LET ME ENCOURAGE THE INTERESTED TO GO TO THE WEBSITE AND READ "OVERVIEW" IN WHICH THE CASE AGAINST THE TEN LOST TRIBES IS PRESENTED. Also, note that the "people of the book" as Mohammed called them (Christians or Jews), who converted to Islam, were considered by him to be totally Moslem and totally acceptable. The two sections below deal with Afghanistan and Kashmir. The Ten Lost Tribes: Afghanistan The Bible mentions the city of Medes as one ...
  • Are the Taliban Descended From One of Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    01/09/2010 7:56:47 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 47 replies · 1,684+ views
    The Lid/jpost ^ | 1/9/09 | The Lid
    Every Friday night observant Jews bless their sons by saying, "may you be like Manasseh and Ephraim," the two sons of the biblical Joseph, who were the first Jews, born outside of the Holy Land. The blessing expresses the hope that, just like Joseph's sons, today's Jewish sons will hold fast to their religion despite the fact they live in the diaspora. Manasseh and Ephraim are two of the famous lost ten tribes, who were carted away into exile more than 2,500 years ago. Descendants of the tribe of Manasseh have been found living in India, and many of them...
  • Chinese olim have Golani Brigade in their sights

    03/21/2015 4:14:47 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 30 replies
    Ynet ^ | 11.29.14, 15:22 | Itamar Eichner
    All three were born in China, in the ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng. They immigrated to Israel some five years ago and recently completed their conversion and naturalization processes. In two weeks, they'll report to the Israel Defense Forces' Induction Center in Tel Hashomer and join the army. Despite their relatively advanced age (all three are 25 years old), they are dreaming of enlisting in the Golani Brigade.
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • 1500-Year-Old Bible Discovered In Turkey Indicates Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified

    05/08/2014 11:33:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Latin Times ^ | 05/08/2014 | By Donovan Longo
    A 1500-year-old bible has been discovered in Turkey. Discovered in 2000, the book that contains purportedly the Gospel of Barnabas has been transferred by the Turkish government to the Ethnography Museum of Ankara with a police escort. Barnabas was a disciple of Christ, and in the work, claims that Jesus was not crucified, instead it says he ascended to heaven alive and Judas Iscariot was crucified in his place. Furthermore, the 1500-year-old bible states that Jesus Christ was not the son of God, but simply a prophet who passed on the word of God. According to a report for The...
  • Ancient Text Reveals False Gospel

    09/25/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT · by GeronL · 38 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-26-2012 | geonl
    (Associated Posers) - CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, revealed this morning an ancient shred of papyrus. He announced that for the past 6 months this scrap of papyrus has been studied by some of the leading archaeologists. "Due to the controversial nature of the contents, we have been extremely meticulous and we have documented everything" Zahi Hawass said at the press conference held near his office "The paper, the ink and even the writing all point to the same result" Less than a week after another scrap of ancient text was falsely said to have...
  • Why the Singleness of Jesus Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence

    09/23/2012 1:33:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2012 | Timothy Paul Jones
    “It is an embarrassing insight into human nature that the more fantastic the scenario, the more sensational is the promotion it receives and the more intense the faddish interest it attracts,” Roman Catholic scholar Raymond Brown wrote nearly three decades ago. “People who would never bother reading a responsible analysis of the traditions about how Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead are fascinated by the report of some ‘new insight’ to the effect he was not crucified or did not die, especially if his subsequent career involved running off with Mary Magdalene to India.” This...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity

    05/25/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT · by null and void · 54 replies
    WND ^ | 5/21/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming a purported Gospel of Barnabas, discovered in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion, causing the collapse worldwide of Christianity. In the Barnabas text held by Turkey, chapter 41 states: “God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written ‘La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah,’” meaning Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet. According to the Barnabas Gospel in Turkey’s hands, Jesus was never crucified,...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity [Barf Alert}

    05/24/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    WND ^ | May 24, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse worldwide of Christianity Turkish authorities believe the text could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus’ apostles and an associate of the apostle Paul. This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims. The Christian world, it says, denies...
  • Secret Ł14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/29/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/28/2012
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The Ł14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming. The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation...
  • Secret Ł14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/25/2012 11:40:31 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Daily Mail
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The Ł14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.
  • 1500 year-old ‘ Syriac ‘ Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • Mohammed in the "Gospel" of Barnabas - ZOT for the Theologians

    07/17/2006 9:05:28 AM PDT · by parakletos · 3,619 replies · 13,640+ views
    The GREAT PROPHET MOHAMMED was mentioned by name in the forgotten gospel of Barnabas,who was one of the disciples of THE GREAT PROPHET JESUS CHRIST. The gospel is here: www.barnabas.net/ in the aforementioned site,make a search for the word "mohammed". heres a sample: from part 97 Then said the priest: `How shall the Messiah be called, and what sign shall reveal his coming?' Jesus answered: `The name of the Messiah is admirable, for God himself gave him the name when he had created his soul, and placed it in a celestial splendour. God said: "Wait Mohammed; for thy sake I...
  • Dissecting The Gnostic Gospels

    04/21/2006 12:27:08 PM PDT · by jennivinson · 4 replies · 345+ views
    1440 KEYS A Radio ^ | April 21, 2006 | Jenni Vinson Trejo
    Dissecting the Gnostic Gospels By Jenni Vinson Trejo April 21, 2006 During the third century, the Christian church cast out the writings of a heretic sect of “Christians” who claimed to be the keepers of knowledge, the Gnostics. These Gnostics claimed that they had found God within themselves and that they held the truth about God. The Gnostics wrote their own version of accounts regarding Jesus and his followers. They eventually had to bury their papyrus books to keep the Christian church from destroying them for being blasphemous. Those documents, discovered in 1946 at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, disclose a...
  • The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus (George Stephanopoulos' Mom Objects)

    11/03/2003 8:03:28 PM PST · by Destro · 38 replies · 776+ views
    VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN ^ | November 3, 2003 | VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN
    The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN Published: November 3, 2003 Half a dozen religious leaders joined David Westin, the president of ABC News, and others from the network and the press for lunch on the 22nd floor of ABC building on 66th Street in Manhattan late last week. Mr. Westin wore a sharp suit, as did some members of the clergy; others had dressed casually. Many were diffident. Some were quietly furious. Part symposium and part focus group, the meeting had been convened to discuss "Jesus, Mary and da Vinci," tonight's ABC News special; the show...
  • Ancient Box Supposedly Containing the Remains of Jesus' Brother Set for Public Display

    01/01/2014 3:47:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 195 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/01/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A 2,000-year-old burial box believed by some to contain the remains of James, the brother of Jesus Christ, is set to go on public display in Israel, after its owner was cleared of forgery. Oded Golan, the Israeli antiquities collector who owns the limestone burial box, insists that "this is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ," according to a report in The Guardian. "There is no doubt that it's ancient, and the probability is that it belonged to the brother of Jesus Christ," he added. Golan was cleared by the Israeli Supreme Court of having forged...
  • Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? [Contains Online Typo]

    10/14/2012 5:56:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Anna Williams
    Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? Thursday, October 11, 2012 Anna Williams In the weeks since Harvard historian Karen King unveiled the papyrus fragment dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” evidence rapidly mounted that the scrap could be a forgery. The latest discovery: The fragment, which contains snippets from the Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas, replicates a small error found in an online version of that text.Andrew Bernhard was, from what I understand, the first to suggest that the fragment was based on that version; he explains his findings in some detail on his website (PDF). Here’s the quick overview from Duke professor...
  • ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ Comes Under Suspicion of Forgery, Media Bury

    10/09/2012 9:03:39 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    Remember that scrap of papyrus the media were screaming about that claimed that Jesus had a wife? Scholars are lining up to dismiss it as a forgery. The Smithsonian Institute canceled its planned documentary on the subject after scholars expressed doubts about its authenticity. But the media, so quick to report on a scrap that CBS reporter Allen Pizzey argued “challenges the very foundation of Christian thinking,” weren’t so eager to report on the mounting evidence that the scrap of papyrus was a forgery. The broadcast networks trumpeted the existence and import of the papyrus with breathless excitement. ABC’s Elizabeth...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed

    09/25/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 27 replies
    markgoodacre.org ^ | 20 September 2012. | Francis Watson
    http://markgoodacre.org/Watson.pdf The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed FRANCIS WATSON, Durham University, U.K, 20 September 2012. Email francis.watson@dur.ac.uk A gospel or gospel-fragment might be regarded as “fake” whether its author belongs to the ancient or the modern world. In both cases, the aim would be to persuade as many readers as possible to take the new text seriously – as a window onto unknown aspects of Jesus’ life, or how it was perceived by his later followers. In her thorough and helpful analysis of the text that is coming to be known as the Gospel of...
  • The Forgery Trial of the Century Ends

    03/15/2012 12:04:58 PM PDT · by STD · 4 replies
    Bib Arch ^ | • 03/15/2012 | Hershel Shanks
    Oded Golan Speaks Out on Forgery Trial Verdict Asserts purchasers of looted antiquities preserve valuable information Hershel Shanks • 03/15/2012 After being acquitted of all forgery charges, Oded Golan responded by noting the important role that licensed collectors play by keeping artifacts documented and in Israel.
  • Two cleared of faking Jesus-era box

    03/15/2012 3:52:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Seven years of trial, evidence from dozens of experts and a 475-page verdict has come no nearer to discovering whether the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James is authentic or a fake. A Jerusalem judge, citing reasonable doubt, acquitted Israeli collector Oded Golan, who was charged with forging the inscription on the box once hailed as the first physical link to Christ.
  • Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict

    03/05/2012 10:19:32 AM PST · by STD · 9 replies
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | 03/05/2012 | Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
    Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict Biblical Archaeology Society Staff • 03/05/2012 The James Ossuary verdict will be announced on Wednesday, March 14th. As events unfold, check in with Bible History Daily for exclusive reporting and commentary.
  • The Wedding at Cana: Does Jesus Rebuke His Mother?

    01/16/2010 9:38:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 1,347+ views
    adw.org ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and his mother Mary were at a wedding feast at Cana (as recorded in John 2). There is what seems to us a tense interaction between them. Mary observes that they have no more wine. And Jesus says to her, Woman, how does this concern of yours affect me? My hour has not yet come. (Jn 2:4). To modern English ears this response of Jesus seems terse and off-putting. Is Jesus annoyed by his mother’s request? A little study of culture reveals that his repsonse ot his mother is not disrespectful but is in fact a sign of respect...
  • Excavations in Kfar Kana [Israel] reveal settlements from time of King Solomon and Roman period

    03/15/2006 10:56:50 PM PST · by anotherview · 8 replies · 379+ views
    Excavations in Kfar Kana reveal settlements from time of King Solomon and Roman period 13 Mar 2006New excavations reveal findings from the Jewish settlement of “Kana of the Galilee” dating from the Roman period. Excavating one of 11 storage jars (Israel Antiquities Authority)Salvage excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Kfar Kana (north of Nazareth), have uncovered remains of a settlement that existed at the time of the United Kingdom of King Solomon and the Kingdom of Israel (following the split between Israel and Judah, from the 10-9th centuries BCE). During the course of the excavations, a section of...
  • Ancient city found at 'Kana of the Galilee'

    03/13/2006 3:01:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies · 1,385+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-13-06 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    In a rare find, remnants of an ancient Israelite city that dates back three thousand years have been uncovered during excavations in the Israeli Arab village of Kfar Kana in the Lower Galilee, Israel's Antiquities Authority announced Monday. The area, located north of Nazareth, is revered by Christians as the site where Jesus is said to have performed his first miracle. The settlement being unearthed existed at the time of the United Kingdom of King Solomon and the Kingdom of Israel following the split between Israel and Judah, in the 10-9th centuries BCE. A section of the ancient city wall...
  • Ancient Jewish Town Discovered Beneath Arab Village in Galilee

    03/13/2006 7:27:51 AM PST · by Sabramerican · 31 replies · 1,107+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 13, 2006 | Arutz Sheva
    Ancient Jewish Town Discovered Beneath Arab Village in Galilee Monday, March 13, 2006 / 13 Adar 5766 An ancient Jewish town from the time of King Solomon has been uncovered beneath the Arab village of Kafr Kana, north of Nazareth, in the Galilee. The discovery, unearthed by Israel’s Antiquities Authority, also includes remnants of Jewish settlement during the Roman period. Among the findings are underground tunnels excavated by Jews who defended the city against Roman legions during the Great Revolt of the year 66 CE. During the course of the excavations, a section of the city wall and remains of...
  • Owner of "James Ossuary" Under Arrest

    07/22/2005 2:22:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies · 1,294+ views
    Life Site ^ | Friday July 22, 2005
    JERUSALEM, July 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Israeli police have put under house arrest, Oded Golan, the owner of the so-called "James Ossuary", the fake ossuary that attempted to promote the idea that Jesus Christ had brothers casting doubt on the virgin birth of Christ.. The trial has begun. The next session, will be held in Jerusalem, September 4, 2005. A 27-page indictment in a Jerusalem court was based on a two-year investigation involving the Jerusalem police and the Israel Antiquities Authority. Golan was among the five charged with 17 counts of antiquities forgery and fraud in January 2005. If they...
  • BURIAL BOX - Oldest physical evidence for JESUS (Passion thoughts-6)

    03/26/2005 2:46:33 AM PST · by Paul Ciniraj · 3 replies · 269+ views
    THE BASEELIA FOUNDATION (for Charities) ^ | 26th March, 2005 | Pastor Paul Ciniraj
    From the news... A limestone burial box, almost 2,000 years old, may provide the oldest archeological record of Jesus of Nazareth. Of interest in the news today, the announcement of an archaeological find of potentially great significance: an ossuary (stone box) bearing the inscription "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus". The practice of transferring bones from expensive tombs into ossuaries existed from around 20 B.C. to 70 A.D., and the inscription on the newly recovered ossuary was in a form of written Aramaic used only between about 10 A.D. and 70 A.D. Other scientific tests affirm the antiquity of...
  • Forgery: Museums urged to take a new look at Bible-era relics

    01/01/2005 3:03:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 847+ views
    Experts advised world museums to re-examine their Bible-era relics after Israel indicted four collectors and dealers on charges of forging items thought to be some of the most important artifacts discovered in recent decades. The indictments issued Wednesday labeled many such "finds" as fakes, including two that had been presented as the biggest biblical discoveries in the Holy Land - the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James and a stone tablet with written instructions by King Yoash on maintenance work at the ancient Jewish Temple. Shuka Dorfman, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said that the scope of...
  • Israel finds Jesus miracle sites

    12/24/2004 1:25:35 AM PST · by kattracks · 27 replies · 1,121+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/24/04 | MATTHEW KALMAN
    JERUSALEM - Just in time for Christmas, Israeli archeologists unveiled ancient sites where Jesus is believed to have performed two of his most celebrated miracles. In Jerusalem, the pool where Jesus is said to have cured a man's blindness has been found under several yards of dirt. According to John's Gospel, Chapter 9, verses 1-12, Jesus performed this miracle at the Siloam Pool in the City of David just south of the Temple Mount. Archeologists revealed yesterday they found an impressively paved assembly area and water channel that brought rainwater to the Siloam Pool in the Second Temple period when...
  • Israeli Archaeologists Believe They Have Found Site of Jesus' First Miracle

    12/21/2004 1:20:03 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 122 replies · 2,197+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 21, 2004 | Laurie Copans
    CANA, Israel (AP) - Among the roots of ancient olive trees, archaeologists have found pieces of large stone jars of the type the Gospel says Jesus used when he turned water into wine at a Jewish wedding in the Galilee village of Cana. They believe these could have been the same kind of vessels the Bible says Jesus used in his first miracle, and that the site where they were found could be the location of biblical Cana. But Bible scholars caution it'll be hard to obtain conclusive proof - especially since experts disagree on exactly where Cana was located....
  • She says Jesus wed

    01/07/2004 1:04:42 PM PST · by johnb2004 · 14 replies · 20+ views
    The News Tribune - Tacoma, WA ^ | Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | STEVE MAYNARD
    The Steilacoom woman pointed to biblical stories as evidence: Mary anointed Jesus in a wedding nuptial and was the first person the resurrected Christ appeared to. "I believe that the Gospels portray Jesus and Mary Magdalene as a couple," Starbird said. "They were married."
  • Was Jesus Christ A Married Man? (NYPost Review – “a tad confusing – pretty pictures”)

    11/03/2003 6:53:11 AM PST · by dead · 203 replies · 812+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 3, 2003 | Adam Buckman
    <p>And was Mary Magdalene his wife?</p> <p>Apparently, a lot of people will be upset if the answer to both these questions is yes.</p> <p>As explained in tonight's "Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci" - a new ABC News prime-time special inspired by the best-selling novel, "The DaVinci Code" - proof that Jesus of Nazareth was a married man enjoying conjugal relations with his wife would upset the apple cart, so to speak, of all of Christianity since Jesus' divinity has been based for so long, at least in part, on the notion that he was celibate.</p>