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  • Grave Fragment Found: Son of Second Temple High Priest

    10/06/2008 2:11:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 563+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | 10-06-08 | Hillel Fendel
    Archaeologists excavating north of Jerusalem have found a piece of a sarcofagus - a stone coffin - belonging to a son of a High Priest. The visible inscription reads, "the son of the High Priest" - but the words before it are broken off. It thus cannot be ascertained which High Priest is referred to, nor the name or age of the deceased. Many other findings in the excavation are from the late Second Temple period, and archaeologists assume that the High Priest in question lived between 30 and 70 C.E. Yoli Shwartz, Spokesperson for the Israel Antiquities Authority, notes...
  • Honey of a discovery [ 3000 year old beehive, ancient Israel ]

    08/31/2008 6:12:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, August 29th, 2008 | Bruce Bower
    The Bible refers to ancient Israel as the "land flowing with milk and honey," so it's fitting that one of its towns milked honey for all it was worth. Scientists have unearthed the remains of a large-scale beekeeping operation at a nearly 3,000-year-old Israeli site, which dates to the time of biblical accounts of King David and King Solomon. Excavations in northern Israel at a huge earthen mound called Tel Rehov revealed the Iron Age settlement. From 2005 to 2007, workers at Tel Rehov uncovered the oldest known remnants of human-made beehives, excavation director Amihai Mazar and colleagues report in...
  • Did we plough up the Garden of Eden?

    10/17/2006 6:10:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 159 replies · 8,639+ views
    First Post ^ | October 17, 2006
    An archaeological dig may have uncovered ‘Eden’ in Turkey, says sean thomas I am standing above an archaeological dig, on a hillside in southern Turkey. Beneath me, workmen are unearthing a sculpture of some sort of reptile (right). It is delicate and breathtaking. It is also part of the world's oldest temple. If this sounds remarkable, it gets better. The archaeologist in charge of the dig believes that this artwork once stood in Eden. The archaeologist is Klaus Schmidt; the site is called Gobekli Tepe. In academic circles, the astonishing discoveries at Gobekli Tepe have long been a talking...
  • Arabs Desecrate Grave of Biblical Prime Minister Joshua

    12/19/2007 12:09:27 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 96 replies · 144+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | December 19, 2007 | Ezra HaLevi
    Jewish worshippers Tuesday were stunned to find Arabs had desecrated the graves of the Biblical Joshua, Caleb and Nun (Joshua’s father). Joshua served as the Jewish Nation's Prime Minister from the year 2488 until 2516 on the Hebrew calendar (1272 BCE - 1300 BCE). Members of the One Shechem organization that organizes visits to the graves arrived in the village of Timnat (Kifl) Haress, near Ariel in Samaria, to prepare for a special prayer gathering, discovered that Arab vandals had desecrated the village’s Jewish tombs. The tombs of Yehoshua (Joshua) ben Nun, Nun, and Calev (Caleb) ben Yefuneh were covered...
  • Digging Biblical History, Or The End Of The World

    11/21/2007 6:31:10 AM PST · by blam · 70 replies · 188+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 11-20-2007 | George Hunka
    Public release date: 20-Nov-2007 Contact: George Hunka 212-742-9070 American Friends of Tel Aviv University Digging biblical history, or the end of the world Professor Israel Finkelstein Some come to dig the Tel Aviv University-directed archeological site at Tel Megiddo because they are enchanted by ancient stories of King Solomon. Others come because they believe in a New Testament prophecy that the mound of dirt will be the location of a future Judgment Day apocalyptic battle. Hence the second, rather more chilling name for the site: "Armageddon." Tel Megiddo has been the subject of a number of decisive battles in...
  • Nehemiah’s Wall Found in Jerusalem

    11/12/2007 5:52:20 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 14 replies · 251+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | November 9, 2007 | Stephen Flurry
    At a conference in Tel Aviv, an archaeological discovery is unveiled that proves biblical history true. Archaeologists who reject the biblical narrative or who believe the historical account is, at best, grossly exaggerated sometimes point to the wall Nehemiah is said to have built around Jerusalem during the 5th century b.c. and ask why none of its remains have ever been discovered. Now those remains are beginning to turn up. Yesterday, at an archaeological conference at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, Dr. Eilat Mazar told 500 attendees that she had discovered Nehemiah’s wall. The discovery comes, as our regular...
  • Rice University Professor Debunks National Geographic Translation Of Gospel Of Judas

    11/04/2007 5:26:37 PM PST · by blam · 173 replies · 183+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 11-1-2007 | David Ruth - Rice University
    Contact: David Ruth 713-348-6327 Rice University Rice University professor debunks National Geographic translation of Gospel of Judas A new book by Rice University professor April DeConick debunks a stunning claim by National Geographic's translation of the Gospel of Judas. According to that translation, Judas was a hero, not a villain, who acted on Jesus' request to betray him. DeConick disagrees. Before releasing her book "The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says," DeConick was intrigued by the original release of the Coptic Gospel of Judas and as a scholar wanted to read it for herself. While researching...
  • Finds on Temple Mount from First Temple

    10/21/2007 12:18:49 PM PDT · by Alouette · 49 replies · 272+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Oct. 21, 2007 | Hillel Fendel
    ( The unauthorized dig of a trench this past summer by the Moslem Waqf on the Temple Mount, in the course of which it was assumed that precious findings were destroyed, apparently had a thin silver lining. Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) personnel monitoring the trench-digging have, for the first time, found traces of the First Temple. The IAA studied an archaeological level dating to the First Temple Period, exposed in the area close to the south-eastern corner of the raised platform surrounding the Dome of the Rock. Archaeological examination of a small section of this level, led by Jerusalem District...
  • Renewing the Church, Converting the World (To be a Christian is to believe in history.)

    09/26/2007 8:57:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 30+ views
    First Things ^ | September 25, 2007 | Charles J. Chaput
    I’d like to start with a proposition. Here it is: To be a Christian is to believe in history.Think about the Bible. All the great world religions have sacred books: the Qur’an, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Analects of Confucius. What those sacred texts have in common is that they’re essentially wisdom literature. They’re collections of noble teachings aimed at helping believers live ethically and find the right path to peace or happiness or enlightenment.The Bible also aims to make people wise. But it does much more. It seeks to lead them to salvation, which is much more than enlightenment. The Bible’s...
  • A thundering silence on Temple Mount's depredation

    09/17/2007 4:22:09 AM PDT · by Convert from ECUSA · 21 replies · 409+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | September 10, 2007 | Hershel Shanks
    A thundering silence on Temple Mount's depredation By Hershel Shanks The "Jewish State" is allowing Judaism's holiest site to have its priceless artifacts destroyed and nobody seems to care No one really cares. But that puts me in an elite group: It includes two of Israel's most prominent Jerusalem archaeologists (Gaby Barkay and Eilat Mazar) — and me. Meanwhile, the Muslim Waqf goes on tearing up Jerusalem's Temple Mount, where once the Jewish Temple stood. The week before last, they hit an ancient wall that might be the foundation of a wall from the Second Temple complex built by Herod...
  • Diamond Synchatron To Use X-Rays To Examine Dead Sea Scrolls

    09/12/2007 7:49:31 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 585+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-12-2007 | Nic Fleming and Roger Highfield
    Diamond synchatron to use x-rays to examine Dead Sea Scrolls By Nic Fleming and Roger Highfield Last Updated: 5:01pm BST 12/09/2007 Secrets contained in fragile documents such as the Dead Sea Scrolls are to be revealed using one of the most powerful light sources in the Universe. British Association Festival of Science: Full coverage British scientists are using a giant instrument - in essence an extremely powerful torch and microscope combined - to read parchments that are too brittle to unroll or unfold. Part of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their discovery enhanced knowledge of Christianity and Judaism The Diamond synchatron...
  • Analysis of Photographs, The Ivory Pomegranate Inscription

    09/11/2007 7:46:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 363+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | May 2007 | Hershel Shanks
    The microscopic image was projected onto a screen as all watched in darkness. It appeared that Lemaire was right. The letter extended into the break. Demsky and Ahituv admitted that the committee report was "mistaken" in concluding that the letter stopped artificially short of the break... But, alas, this letter is adjacent to one of the modern breaks, not the ancient break. Had the letter stopped short of the break, as originally argued by Ahituv, Demsky and Goren, this would have been clear evidence of a forgery. But because the applicable break was a modern break, the fact that the...
  • Biblical forgery case in court...

    12/29/2004 8:11:39 PM PST · by crushelits · 55 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | Dec. 29, 2004 | AP
    International News This undated photo released by the Israel Museum on Dec. 24 shows a forged ivory pomegranate that had been thought to be the only surviving relic from Solomon's Temple. Israel accuses 4 of forging trove of biblical artifacts Sophisticated fakes were hailed as important archeological discoveries. JERUSALEM - Israeli police indicted four antique dealers and collectors Wednesday for allegedly running a sophisticated forgery ring that created a trove of fake biblical artifacts, including some hailed as among the most important archaeological objects ever uncovered in the region.The forged items include an ivory pomegranate touted by scholars as the only relic...
  • Only Existing First Temple Relic May Be Forged

    03/26/2004 7:48:44 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 302+ views
    Haaretz Daily ^ | 3-26-2004 | Amiram Barkat
    Last Update: 26/03/2004 08:08 Only existing First Temple relic may be forged By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent Investigators for the Israel Antiquities Authority have been informed that a precious Ivory Pomegranate, on display at the Israel Museum since 1988, is a forgery. On the basis of an inscription it had been dated from the period of the First Temple, 10th century BCE. However, it is information on the origin of the inscription that has raised doubts about the authenticity of the item. The Antiquities Authority refused to reveal the origins and nature of the information it holds. The inscription, completed...
  • NYT: Israel Indicts 4 in 'Brother of Jesus' Hoax and Other Forgeries

    12/30/2004 10:01:34 AM PST · by OESY · 24 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 - The Israeli police filed criminal indictments on Wednesday against four antiquities collectors, accusing them of forging biblical artifacts, many so skillfully that they fooled experts. Some were even celebrated briefly as being among the most significant Christian and Jewish relics ever unearthed. The police and the Israel Antiquities Authority said their investigation had focused on several major forgeries, including a limestone burial box, or ossuary, bearing an inscription that suggested that it held the remains of Jesus' brother James. The Antiquities Authority declared the ossuary a forgery last year. The authorities also described as counterfeit a...
  • Possible remains of second temple found in Jerusalem: TV

    08/30/2007 1:36:53 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 40 replies · 1,551+ views
    AFP ^ | August 30, 2007
    Remains of the Jewish second temple may have been found during work to lay pipes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Israeli television reported Thursday. Israeli television broadcast footage of a mechanical digger at the site which Israeli archaeologists visited on Thursday. Gaby Barkai, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University, urged the Israeli government to stop the pipework after the discovery of what he said is "a massive seven metre-long wall." Television said the pipework carried out by the office of Muslim religious affairs, or Waqf, is about 1.5 metres deep and about 100 metres long. The compound,...
  • Temple's location found, says Israeli archaeologist

    08/19/2007 6:17:58 AM PDT · by Traianus · 67 replies · 2,439+ views
    WND ^ | 08-18-07 | WND
    Using maps created in 1866 by a British explorer and passages from the Jewish Mishnah, an Israeli archaeologist and professor at Hebrew University says he has pinpointed the location of the sacred Jewish Temple, twice built and twice destroyed in ancient times.
  • Book of Jeremiah Confirmed?-Scholars link biblical and Assyrian records

    07/26/2007 7:40:28 AM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 1,035+ views
    Archaeology ^ | 23 July 2007 | Laura Sexton
    Austrian Assyriologist Michael Jursa recently discovered the financial record of a donation made a Babylonian chief official, Nebo-Sarsekim. The find may lend new credibility to the Book of Jeremiah, which cites Nebo-Sarsekim as a participant in the siege of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. The tablet is dated to 595 B.C., which was during the reign of the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar II. Coming to the throne in 604 B.C., he marched to Egypt shortly thereafter, and initiated an epoch of fighting between the two nations. During the ongoing struggle, Jerusalem was captured in 597, and again in 587-6 B.C. It was...
  • Tiny Tablet Provides Proof For Old Testament

    07/10/2007 5:48:08 PM PDT · by blam · 145 replies · 4,640+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-10-2007 | Nigel Reynolds
    Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent Last Updated: 7:33pm BST 10/07/2007 The sound of unbridled joy seldom breaks the quiet of the British Museum's great Arched Room, which holds its collection of 130,000 Assyrian cuneiform tablets, dating back 5,000 years. But Michael Jursa, a visiting professor from Vienna, let out such a cry last Thursday. He had made what has been called the most important find in Biblical archaeology for 100 years, a discovery that supports the view that the historical books of the Old Testament are based on fact. Searching for Babylonian financial...
  • Jesus Family Tomb Talking Points

    02/26/2007 4:15:48 AM PST · by Gamecock · 147 replies · 2,003+ views
    I'm sure that by now all of you have heard about the claim that the ossuary of Christ's family has been found. I would like to open a thread that will help us develop answers to friends, both Christians and atheists who might come to us with questions about it all. Please feel free to post your rebuttals for others to use! Biblical, rational, scientific, philosophical, whatever you can come up with is more than welcome!