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  • Ancient forbidden Christian text of Jesus' 'secret teachings' to his 'brother' found

    12/05/2017 11:12:13 AM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-5-2017 | James Rogers
    Biblical scholars have discovered the first-known original Greek copy of an ancient forbidden Christian text that purportedly describes Jesus’ secret teachings to his “brother” James, an early leader of the Church. Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau, religious studies scholars at The University of Texas at Austin, located the rare text in Oxford University archives earlier this year. The experts found several fifth- or sixth-century A.D. Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, one of the books from an ancient collection known as the Nag Hammadi library. Previously, the text was thought to be preserved only via translations in the...
  • Apocalypse of James: Lost original Greek text of banned Bible book found at Oxford University

    12/01/2017 6:05:11 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 109 replies
    News.com AU ^ | December 2, 2017 | Jamie Seidel
    “The Lord said, ‘James, after these things I shall reveal to you everything, not for your sake alone but for the sake of the unbelief of men, so that faith may exist in them’,” a Coptic fragment reads. He seeks to reassure his brother everything is as it should be. He describes heaven. He gives James the passwords necessary to guarantee his entry. He gives advice on fighting supernatural challenges. He foretells future events. He warns James of the circumstances surrounding his own martyrdom. Many other Early Christian texts, some of them immensely popular, were among those banned. Names include...
  • Moses Vindicated

    11/27/2017 4:19:12 AM PST · by CondorFlight · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 27, 2017 | Parrish
    3500 years ago slaves toiling in the harsh mines of the Sinai scribbled some graffiti on the desert rocks. One of them wrote: "Moses then provoked astonishment." That, plus a lot of other inscriptions, deserve more than a passing glance. ------ "He sought occasion to cut away to barrenness our great number, our swelling without measure." (Sinai 349) "Our bond servitude had lingered. Moses then provoked astonishment. It is a year of astonishment." (Sinai 361) Anyone familiar with the book of Exodus will immediately spot parallels with the account of Pharaoh's attempt to reduce the number of newborn Israelites; and...
  • Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew: Ancient Israelites turned Egyptian hieroglyphics into letters?

    12/05/2016 8:02:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Science News ^ | 12/05/2016 | Bruce Bower
    The world’s earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes. Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilization’s hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt, says archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Hebrew speakers seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews simplified the pharaohs’ complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters, Petrovich proposed on November 17 at the annual meeting of the American...
  • Egypt: Muslim TV host says jihad massacres of Christians “okay,” but not jihad massacre in mosque

    11/27/2017 11:49:37 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 10 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 11/27/2017 | Robert Spencer
    “We saw attacks by terrorists on the police and army, and we said this is mutual violence. These extremist groups have attacked churches and we said that they think it is a [different] religion, not Islam, and it is hostile to them, and then we said it is okay, but how [can these groups attack] Muslims?,” Magdi said. It is good that she was suspended, but where did she get this idea in the first place? Straight from the Sharia. In Islamic law, Muslim lives are explicitly worth more than those of non-Muslims. The Shafi’i Sharia manual ‘Umdat al-Salik dictates:...
  • Bones of Thomas Becket to Return to Canterbury - via Hungary

    01/22/2016 6:27:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/21/16 | John Bingham
    Relics which escaped Reformation and became a symbol of resistance to Communism return to site of murder after 800 years in gesture of unity between Anglicans and CatholicsA fragment of bone believed to come from the body of Thomas Becket is to return to England from Hungary for the first time in more than 800 years in a vivid symbol of reconciliation between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. The relic, held in the Basilica of Esztergom, the country's most important Catholic church, is to form the centrepiece of an elaborate week-long "pilgrimage" to London and Canterbury involving the Hungarian President Janos...
  • What’s Inside DC’s New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible

    11/25/2017 11:30:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/24/2017 | Josh Shepherd
    Even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible ‘stocked with historic treasures.’ By Josh ShepherdNovember 20, 2017 The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isn’t easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.“There’s nothing false anywhere,” Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. “I’ve been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep...
  • Vatican Astronomer: Some Scientists Pretend They're Atheists for Credibility, but Many Attend Church

    11/25/2017 11:23:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/25/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A top Vatican astronomer has said that a number of public scientists claim to be atheists in order to appear credible, noting that a surprising number of scientists attend church. Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, who has spoken on a number of topics concerning science and faith, told Vancouver Sun in an interview earlier this week that many "public scientists" are insecure about their rank. "The scientists that you see on TV who are proclaimed atheists because they think it gives them credibility in science — which it doesn't — are turning off the nine-tenths of the...
  • Amazon’s Alexa says Muhammad was a wise man, Jesus Christ is ‘a fictional character’

    11/24/2017 3:51:53 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 117 replies
    NOQ Report ^ | 11/24/2017 | Scott Boyd
    Steven Crowder is a conservative comedian who has a penchant for exposing liberal hypocrisies. His latest target: Amazon’s Alexa. The digital personal assistant turns out to be a leftist social justice warrior in a box. Produced and distributed by Amazon, Alexa seems to spill the same progressive rhetoric we often read on the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos owns both. In this video, which contains crude language and references, Crowder asks about Muhammad: Q: Alexa, who is the prophet Muhammad? ALEXA: The prophet Muhammad is [a] very wise prophet; he taught many people how to live. He had a wife called...
  • Amazing Western Wall discovery: New section, ancient theater, uncovered in Jerusalem

    10/17/2017 6:06:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-14-17 | James Rogers
    In a stunning discovery, archaeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered a new section of the Western Wall that has been hidden for 1,700 years. Recent excavations at the holy site, which were announced Monday, revealed eight stone courses, or horizontal layers of stones, buried under 26 feet of earth. The completely preserved stone courses are constructed from massive stones and were discovered in Jerusalem’s Western Wall tunnels. The Western Wall is part of an ancient retaining wall supporting the Temple Mount where the Jewish First and Second Temples once stood. When experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority removed the soil, they...
  • New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Found in Judean Desert

    12/23/2016 8:15:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.haaretz.com ^ | 12-21-2016 | Philippe Bohstrom
    New fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found in the Cave of the Skulls by the Dead Sea in Israel, in a salvage excavation by Israeli authorities. The pieces are small and the writing on them is too faded to make out without advanced analysis. At this stage the archaeologists aren't even sure if they're written in ancient Hebrew, Aramaic or another language. “The most important thing that can come out of these fragments is if we can connect them with other documents that were looted from the Judean Desert, and that have no known provenance," says Dr....
  • 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered in Israel

    02/08/2017 3:03:44 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 53 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Published February 08, 2017 | Foxnews.com
    Researchers have discovered a new cave in Israel that they say once held Dead Sea Scrolls, making it just the 12th such cave of its kind found. The find is thus a milestone, according to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The cave was looted long before the archeologists excavated it, but inside they found telltale signs that scrolls had been there: broken storage jars and lids on its edges and in a tunnel in the back.
  • The Fate of the Buddha’s Begging Bowl

    11/21/2017 10:44:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Nation (Thailand) ^ | November 18, 2017 | Bhante Dhammika
    One of the most revered relics in the ancient Buddhist world was the Buddha’s begging bowl. A rough outline of its long convoluted history is this – it was supposedly given to the people of Vesali by the Buddha when he passed through the city on his way to Kusinara. In the 1st/2nd century King Kanishka took it to Pushapura, now Peshawar, where a string of Chinese pilgrims reported seeing it between the 3rd and the 9th centuries. The importance of the bowl is attested by numerous depictions of it in Gandhara art, usually shown on the pedestal of Buddha...
  • 'Exceptional' medieval treasure trove unearthed at abbey in France

    11/18/2017 7:26:20 PM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 November 2017 | Editorial staff
    An "exceptional and rare" medieval treasure trove including more than 2,200 gold and silver coins has been found in France in what has been called a "remarkable" discovery by archaeologists. It's the kind of discovery archaeologists dream of. While investigating an area next to the former Benedictine monastery Cluny Abbey in eastern France, a research group came across a pile of medieval treasure. Photo: Alexis Grattier/University of Lyon II "It's an exceptional and extremely rare treasure," said Anne Flamman from France's National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). "We understood straight away that it was a unique discovery and I...
  • India enshrines Buddha's remains after 2000 years

    10/31/2006 7:16:59 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 31 replies · 947+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Sun 29 Oct 2006 | The Scotsman
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Thousands of Buddhists gathered in India's western city of Mumbai on Sunday to lay to rest part of the ashes and bones of Lord Buddha in a ceremony resurrected after almost 2000 years. Monks in flowing orange robes chanted hymns from scriptures as the remains were lowered into a shallow pit on top of a 90-ft (27 metres) high stone dome, as part of celebrations to mark the 2250th anniversary of the spiritual leader's enlightenment. Organisers of the ceremony said this was the first time in around 2,000 years that Buddha's mortal remains were being enshrined. "The...
  • Iran confiscates Buddha statues from shops

    02/17/2013 8:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM EST
    An Iranian newspaper is reporting that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. … Iran has long fought against items, such as Barbie dolls and Simpsons cartoon characters, to defuse Western influence, but this appears to be the first time that Iranian authorities are showing an opposition to symbols from the East. …
  • Facelift For World's Tallest Ancient Buddha Statue In China

    11/08/2007 6:31:26 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 372+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-6-2007
    Facelift for world's tallest ancient Buddha statue in China Tue Nov 6, 10:33 PM ETAFP/File Photo: Tourists visit the 71-metre (234-feet) tall Leshan Giant Buddha, built in 713 AD in the... BEIJING (AFP) - The world's tallest ancient Buddha statue, suffering from years of environmental damage, will get its latest facelift to fix damage from weathering and acid rain. ADVERTISEMENT The 71-metre (237-foot) Leshan Buddha, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is looking "somewhat battered" with a blackened nose, and with moss and dark streaks coating its face and body, official Xinhua news agency said. The damage was due to...
  • In The Holy Caves of India [ Ajanta Caves ]

    11/20/2007 8:40:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 45+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 5, 2006 | Simon Winchester
    The monument comprises a series of 29 caves that have been carved deep into this sheer face of a horseshoe-shaped cliff a few miles from the old walled town of Ajanta, hidden away in the deep gorge gouged in the high Deccan plains by the Waghora River about 300 miles inland from Mumbai. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, designated as such back in 1983 as one of India's first, along with the Taj Mahal. And though Shah Jahan's famous memorial in Agra is far better known, the Ajanta Caves are hugely popular, particularly with Indians, who see them...
  • Finding the lost art of Angkor Wat

    06/07/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Australian National University
    Long-lost paintings have been discovered on the walls of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple, thanks to the keen observations of an Australian National University (ANU) researcher. The ancient paintings date back almost 500 years and depict deities, animals, boats and the temple itself, giving historians a new understanding of life in a relatively unknown period of Cambodia's history. Rock art researcher Noel Hidalgo Tan discovered the hidden images while working as a volunteer at an archaeological excavation in Angkor Wat during a university break in 2010... It was only when Tan enhanced the images on his computer that the paintings...
  • Buddha's caves

    07/11/2008 7:01:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 146+ views
    IHT ^ | July 7, 2008 | Holland Cotter
    Of the 800 or so caves created here from the 5th to 14th centuries, nearly half had some form of decoration. What survives adds up to a developmental timeline of Buddhist art in China... But of course much of it has not survived. By the 11th century Dunhuang's fortunes were in decline. Sea trade had cut into Silk Road traffic. Regional wars left the town isolated. Monks, possibly panicked by rumors of an Islamic invasion, sealed up tens of thousands of manuscript scrolls in a small cave. The invasion didn't happen, but the books, many of them already ancient, stayed...