Parts of the Bible from the Old Testament could have been written earlier than scholars previously thought, a discovery relating to a handwriting analysis of a text on pottery shards has suggested.
Researchers from Israel's Tel Aviv University posted their findings Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where they revealed that 600 BCE pottery from the Arad citadel suggested that not only the elites in society were able to read.
Israel Finkelstein, an archaeologist and biblical scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel, said the handwritten analysis represents new information about the people in the ancient kingdom of Judah. more >>
Iraqi Christian militia fighters who have been battling the Islamic State terror group, have said that although Jesus called on people to turn the other cheek, he also suggested buying a sword when the time calls for it.
The Babylon Brigade, as the Christian fighters are called, have been fighting IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) throughout the past year, as the terror group continues its push to establish a global Caliphate, but so far its stronghold are in Iraq and Syria. IS has specifically targeted Christians, along with other religious minorities, carrying out routine executions, including mass beheadings, and forcing followers of Christ to choose between their faith and their lives.
IS has captured large groups of Christians on numerous occasions, including 230 believers from the Syrian city of al-Qaryatain last year. At least 21 of those Christians were later executed by the group, with three women among them. more >>
A liberal female Saudi television news anchor recently interrupted her own broadcast to criticize Muslims who claim that radical Islamic extremism doesn't represent the religion of Islam, urging Muslims to "feel shame" over deadly terrorist attacks like the one in Brussels in March.
The Middle East Media Research Institute reports that columnist and television host Nadine Al-Budair took a few minutes out of her broadcast on Saudi Rotana Khalijiyah TV on April 3 to refute a claim commonly made by Muslims and others across the world whenever a terrorist attack occurs.
The claim being that radical Islamic terrorist attacks like the ones in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino and Pakistan carried out by extremists affiliated with known Islamic terrorist organizations don't represent the religion of Islam. more >>
The Islamic State terror group killed 21 Christians in the Syrian town of al-Qaryatain after taking control of the city last year, a prominent clergy member has said.
After al-Qaryatain was liberated from IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) by Russian-backed Syrian forces earlier this month, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, explained in an interview with BBC that the militant group showed no mercy on some Christians that remained after the group took control of the area last August.
Following the takeover of the al-Qaryatain, IS kidnapped as many as 230 Christians who lived in the town. According to the patriarch, the militant group executed at least 21 of those Christians, with three Christian women being among those executed. more >>
Three Christian traditions have put aside their theological differences and partnered to save the endangered holy place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried, and resurrected, in Jerusalem.
Members of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the Armenian Orthodox churches have partnered in a $3.4 million renovation project for the tomb of Jesus, located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.
The Islamic State has reportedly burned 15 people alive for trying to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, and has also reportedly arrested a woman who pleaded in a video for Western powers to "save us or bomb us," so they can die quickly and end their sufferring.
MailOnline reported that IS captured and killed 15 civilians in Fallujah, which is located west of Baghdad, and is currently being besieged by Iraqi government forces who are trying to liberate the city.
The radical group is said to have sentenced the hostages to death for their attempts to flee, with a source telling Kurdish news agency ARA that living in the IS-held city has become "unbearable." more >>