Islamic State militants beheaded and strung up the body of an elderly university professor who devoted his life to preserving relics in the ancient city of Palmyra.
Khaled al-Assad, 82, was a leading scholar and according to Syrian officials he was beheaded Tuesday for refusing to divulge the location of ancient treasures to members of the Islamic State.
The Fall of Palmyra, which was reported on by The Christian Post in May, was seen as particularly devastating to experts of antiquities because of its well preserved Roman ruins. The militants have destroyed some of the ruins and artifacts of Palmyra while leaving some of the most prolific Roman ruins intact. Assad played a significant role in helping to secure and evacuate artifacts before the fall of Palmyra, according to multiple reports. more >>
An unofficial sequel to the hit 1981 film "Chariots of Fire," based on a screenplay co-authored by a Lutheran pastor, may soon hit theatres.
Titled "Absolute Surrender," the story follows the life of famed runner Eric Liddell after the 1924 Olympics as he becomes a missionary in China and eventually in a Japanese internment camp at the end of World War II.
Eric Eichinger, pastor at a Lutheran church in Florida and coauthor of the screenplay, told The Christian Post that the project is "in the development phase," and that they are presently in talks with Mark Joseph to produce the film. more >>
Archaeologists in Israel have found a rare inscription of the name of an apparently influential person from the time of King David, a name that is also mentioned in the Bible, according to Israel Antiquities Authority.
Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old large ceramic jar with the inscription of the name "Eshbaal Ben Beda," The Associated Press reported Sunday.
The Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles in 8:33 and 9:39 identifies the fourth son of Saul as Eshbaal, also written as as Ish-bosheth. "Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal," the verses read. more >>
Researchers have finally been able to decipher, using hi-tech technology, a burned parchment originally discovered 45 years ago at the Dead Sea, and found it to be a part of the book of Leviticus from a 1,500-year-old Torah scroll.
"The deciphering of the fragment, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting," said Sefi Porath, who led the Ein Gedi excavations, according to The Jerusalem Post.
UNESCO has officially designated as a World Heritage site the location of the baptism of Jesus Christ on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Scholars have said it is not known whether the exact location falls on the Jordanian or Israeli side of the river, which has long stirred a tourism dispute between the two countries.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that although the U.N. cultural agency declared that most Christian churches believe the Jordanian side to be the location of Jesus' baptism by John, as found in Matthew 3 and other passages, scholars say there is no way to be certain which side of the river was the precise location.
Jodi Magness, an archaeologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that UNESCO's decision "has nothing to do with archaeological reality." more >>
South Carolina is one step closer to removing a Confederate battle flag from its capitol grounds in Charleston following a vote taken in the state Senate.
In a vote of 37-3, legislators in the upper house of the first state to secede from the Union back in 1860 decided to remove a Confederate battle flag prominently displayed on the capitol grounds.
Governor Nikki Haley, who recently championed the removal of the flag, said in a statement Monday that she approved of the vote. more >>