While many Christians revere the Shroud of Turin to be the burial linen of Jesus Christ, a recent study conducted by scientists at a public university in Italy suggests that the cloth's unique image was created by neutron emissions from an earthquake that occurred around the time of Jesus' death.
Italian scientist Alberto Carpinteri led a group of scientists at the Politecnico di Torino University in Torino, Italy, in their study, recently publishing their findings in the journal Meccanica. In their abstract statement, Carpinteri and his colleagues suggest that neutron emissions from an earthquake caused the image on the shroud to look like Jesus' face.
The scientists also suggest that the emissions could have caused a change in the shroud's radiocarbon levels, therefore inaccurately dating it, as the shroud was once accused of being a forgery from the medieval times. more >>
A set of Israeli archeologists have claimed that despite the mention of camels in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, the animals were not domesticated in Israel until the 9th century B.C.
According to a university statement, "In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes."
The Old Testament contains myriad mentions of camels as domesticated beasts, starting in Genesis' accounts of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph, which have traditionally been placed between 2000 and 1500 B.C. more >>
After an upturned brick led to the discovery of thousands of buried bodies in one of Rome's ancient catacombs, scientists determined to solve the mystery behind the unusual discovery considered the possibility that the corpses might have been Christian victims of persecution.
In "Roman Catacomb Mystery," set to premiere on PBS Wednesday night, presenter and historian Michael Scott leads viewers into the curious circumstances surrounding six chambers packed tight with human bodies found beneath the streets of Rome.
Were these estimated 2,000 dead, among them men, women and young people, victims of intolerant Roman leaders, such as Nero who brutally targeted Christians, having some of them torn apart by wild animals or burned to death? more >>
A United States Congressman has introduced a resolution before the House of Representatives to express their support for a celebration of the birth of nineteenth century naturalist Charles Darwin.
Democratic New Jersey Rep. Rush Holt introduced H.R. 467 last week, which calls on Congress to recognize Feb. 12 as "Darwin Day" as well as recognize the value of science as a field.
"Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth," reads H.R. 467 in part. more >>
The British Museum has put on display a 4,000-year-old Cuneiform tablet that recounts specific instructions for building a giant vessel to survive a coming flood, and how it should house animals "two by two." The tablet, hailing from ancient Mesopotamia, or modern-day Iraq, has been dubbed a prototype of Noah's ark described in the Bible.
The tablet, which gives instruction for making a round vessel known as a coracle, went on display at the British Museum in London on Friday, thanks to the efforts of Irving Finkel, who works in the museum's Middle East department and is credited with translating the tablet.
Finkel, who has written on the discovery in his new book, The Ark Before Noah, told reporters last week that the museum acquired the tablet years ago from a man who said his father had gotten ahold of the artifact after World War II. more >>
A recently-translated Hebrew text is being reported as offering greater detail into the treasures found inside King Solomon's temple, including the Ark of the Covenant, a chest described in the Old Testament that contains the Ten Commandments.
James Davila, a professor at the University of St. Andrews, has described the details of the recently-transcribed text, known as the "Treatise of the Vessels," or "Massekhet Kelim" in Hebrew, in the recently-released book Old Testament Pseudepigrapha More Noncanonical Scriptures Volume 1.
Davila explains in the book that the Treatise of the Vessels tells how the treasures of King Solomon's temple were "concealed by a number of Levites and prophets" and "[…] hidden in various locations in the Land of Israel and in Babylonia, while others were delivered into the hands of the angels Shamshiel, Michael, Gabriel and perhaps Sariel […]" more >>