Excavation work in Israel has uncovered an ancient city gate and shrine that the biblical King Hezekiah wanted destroyed somewhere in the eighth century B.C., archaeologists have said.
The gate in question was found in the ancient city of Tel Lachish within an 80-by-80-foot six-chambered area. The gate, parts of which were first discovered decades ago by archaeologists from the United Kingdom and Tel Aviv University, is believed to be the largest one of its kind found in Israel from the First Temple period. more >>
Geologist Dr. Aryeh Shimron claims to have found the "lost tomb of Jesus" in Jerusalem, proclaimed the Drudge Report (9/18/16). This is known as the Talpiot Tomb, first discovered in 1980.
The implications of this claim, if it were true, are enormous — world-changing.
Writing for The Sun (UK), Hannah Farrett notes, "he apparently has proof that Jesus Christ is buried at a site in East Jerusalem. But now Aryeh has done some tests, which he says prove Jesus of Nazareth, his wife Mary Magdalene and SON Judah were laid to rest there." more >>
An ancient, nearly 1,700-year-old Hebrew scroll has finally been deciphered by using complex digital analysis, revealing that it contains verses from the book of Leviticus in the Bible, scientists announced in a major archaeological breakthrough.
LiveScience reported on Wednesday that the En-Gedi scroll, which for centuries had been unreadable due to a fire that left it charred 1,400 years ago, has now been "virtually unwrapped" by researchers at the University of Kentucky.
"We're reading a real scroll. It hasn't been read for millennia. Many thought it was probably impossible to read," said Brent Seales, a professor in the computer science department at the University of Kentucky. more >>
I keep seeing people touting the idea that there are supposedly "lost words of Jesus" — for example, in pop-up ads. But the reality is that these are actually just ancient heresies being repackaged for an unwary modern audience.
The heresies are from an ancient group of pseudo-Christians, who were known as the Gnostics. The name comes from the Greek word gnosis: "to know."
The Gnostics wrote many materials in the second, third, and fourth centuries. They wrote "Gospels" in the names of some of the first century apostles. The supposed lost words of Jesus found therein were written hundreds of years after the time He spent on earth. more >>
An ancient palatial building excavated in modern Israel that dates to around the time of King Solomon adds credence to the Old Testament account of the area.
Archaeologists at Tel Gezer found what Haaretz described as a "monumental building" dated to the 10th century BC, which included artifacts that added weight to what the Bible says about the region's history.
"According to the Old Testament, the city was also associated with the Philistines in David's time: the king broke their power 'from Geba to as far as Gezer' (2 Samuel 5:25; 1 Chronicles 14:16)," reported Haaretz. more >>
A new Pew survey shows that Americans who were raised in church but left their faith sometimes cite a belief in science and a corresponding disbelief in miracles, but some scholars are saying that those things are not mutually exclusive.
Pew Research asked 5,000 of the original 35,071 people from their 2014 Religious Landscape Study a set of follow-up questions earlier this year. Conducted via telephone interview from mid-March to early May, respondents who self-identified as "nones" — those with no religious affiliation — were asked to explain why they left their faith.
In results published on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of those who identified as "nones" were raised in a religion of some kind before shedding it in their adult years. Many types of replies emerged from the questions, but a common response that appeared was one of no longer believing in their faith because of lack of evidence paired with a newfound belief in "science." more >>