The Christian faith, and the Jewish faith that preceded it, believe in a God who acts in real time — in human history. So the latest archaeological find shouldn't surprise us.
The first reference to the city of Gath in the Bible occurs in the book of Joshua. In chapter 11 we're told that there were no Anakim, a race of giants, left in Israelite territory except for a few in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod.
The next time we hear of Gath is in connection with one of those giants, Goliath, in I Samuel 17. From then on, Gath becomes the most-mentioned Philistine city in the Bible. In I Chronicles 18, David captures the city. In II Chronicles 11, his grandson Rehoboam fortifies it. The city was later captured by King Hazael of Damascus and then recaptured by King Uzziah, whose death figured in the vision of Isaiah 6. more >>
Researchers have uncovered stone tools estimated to be about 10,000 years old in an unrelated dig in the United States.
Archaeologist Robert Kopperl was heading a survey for a construction project near Seattle when his team discovered over 4,000 stone tools. The 10,000-year-old items they dug up include scrapers, spear points, awls, and flakes, according to University Herald (UH).
Kopperl's team was digging in Washington, near the Redmond town Center, when they found the ancient tools. Kopperl will talk about the stone tools on Saturday at the Redmond Historical Society. more >>
Scientists claim to have discovered a human-like species named Homo naledi that dwelled in the caves of South Africa and is believed to have buried its dead — something which was considered to be an exclusively human trait.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that scientists found a huge trove of bones in a deep chamber of a cave in South Africa in 2013, which yielded close to 1,550 specimens. Researchers said in the scientific journal eLife that the species had both human-like and primitive characteristics, and placed it in the "Homo" evolutionary group.
While the creature appears to have been able to walk upright, stood 5 feet tall, and had hands and feet belonging to the Homo tree, it had shoulders and a small brain linked more to ape-like ancestors. more >>
Grammy award-winning singer Karen Clark Sheard joined her husband, Bishop J Drew. Sheard, on a trip to Israel with the Church of God in Christ and is sharing the experience with her fans.
The trip was organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and included members of the COGIC church, which included pastor Sheard and his wife, Karen, of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ in Detroit, Michigan.
Archaeologists on Monday reportedly found a huge Neolithic site buried under an area near the Stonehenge heritage site in Britain.
The Stonehenge archaeologists found up to 90 standing stones with some as tall as 15 feet and as old as 4,500 years. The giant stones may have been buried under the ground for about a thousand years, according to First Post.
The archaeologists found the buried remains of the ancient monuments less at the Durrington Walls, also called the "superhenge," which is situated less than 1.8 miles from the Stonehenge. They stones, which were found with the help of state-of-the-art sensors, may have been part of an arena or rituals, the report details. more >>
Recent archaeology is giving us a fresh picture of Jesus' hometown of Nazareth. And it's not the picture that scriptural skeptics have been painting.
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" That was the question Nathanael asked Philip when his brother told him that he had found "Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
Despite Jesus' close identification with his hometown, relatively little was known about the community that shaped his life. more >>