Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II has said that the disputed "Gospel of Barnabas," a document that claims that Judas Iscariot was crucified in the place of Jesus, and that Christ predicted the coming of the prophet Muhammad, is a "fake" and the work of a "forger."
Fides News Agency reported on Friday that Tawadros said that the text, written in Syriac on animal hide, is "a book full of historical and geographical errors, the work of a forger."
Turkish authorities discovered the text in May 2012 in the building of Justice in Ankara, and claimed that it is 1,500-2,000 years old and was written by St. Barnabas, a disciple who became a Christian after Pentecost. more >>
Both of South Carolina's U.S. senators, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, and the state's governor, Nikki Haley, called for the removal of a Confederate flag display on the grounds of the state capitol.
At a press conference held Monday afternoon surround by other high-ranking elected officials, Haley said that while the flag was "an integral part of our past" that it must be moved.
"It's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds," said Haley, whose comments brought about a lengthy round of applause. more >>
Pages from a copy of the first Bible to be published on a printing press might fetch well over $500,000 at an auction held in New York Friday morning.
Sotheby's in New York will put on auction eight pages from a Gutenberg Bible, with the estimated value listed between $500,000 - $700,000.
According to the Sotheby website entry, the pages come from the 15th century printing of the Good Book, specifically the Old Testament book of Esther. more >>
A 1,500-year-old Christian church filled with artifacts from the Byzantine era was discovered by road workers expanding Israel's main highway that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The church includes a four-leafed clover shaped baptismal font. Fragments of red-colored plaster, which indicate that the sanctuary walls had been decorated with frescoes, were also uncovered, according to Israel Antiquities Authority.
The centuries-old sanctuary was discovered at a Byzantine period rest stop on a road said to be from the Roman period. more >>
An Israeli court has ruled that the discovery of a tomb in Jerusalem that a controversial 2007 documentary claimed as evidence that Jesus was married and had children is not a fake, but said that it's up to theologians and academics to decide whether the claims really are true.
The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday that Judge Jacob Sheinman awarded filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici NIS 829,500 (U.S. $216,523) in damages for false claims made by critic Joe Zias that the discovery is a fraud.
The tomb in question was discovered back in the 1980s, and holds inscriptions of Jesus' name and His supposed family — those are the claims at least made in Jacobovici's 2007 documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." more >>
A Christian jeweler in Canada has become the latest target of LGBT hate mail and "nasty" phone calls even though he agreed to make custom engagement rings for a lesbian couple, simply because he posted a sign that displayed his biblical view opposing same-sex marriage.
Esau Jardon, the co-owner of Today's Jewellers in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, recently told CBC News that he was forced to take down his store's Facebook page after it was flooded with angry comments from LGBT advocates who opposed a sign that was posted in the store stating: "The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let's keep marriage between a man and a woman."
The store's sign came to attention after a lesbian woman named Nicole White had put a downpayment with the store on custom made engagement rings for her and her fiance, Pam Renouf, who plan to get married in 2016. more >>