Archaeologists from Manchester University in England have made an exciting discovery near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham, unearthing a large complex that could have been used for religious gatherings.
"This is a breathtaking find," said Professor Stuart Campbell, the leader of the university's Archaeology Department. What is remarkable about the sprawling complex, the team said in a statement, is that it extends 260 feet on each side, which is roughly the size of a football field.
"We provisionally date the site to around 2,000 B.C., the time of the sack of the city and the fall of the last Sumerian royal dynasty," Campbell told The Associated Press. "The surrounding countryside, now arid and desolate, was the birthplace of cities and of civilization about 5,000 years ago and home to the Sumerians and the later Babylonians." more >>
As the world hears about the latest evidence that the Shroud of Turin may have been the burial cloth of Jesus, some have expressed uncertainty about the latest claim.
Giulio Fanti, a professor from the University of Padua, and Saverio Gaeta, an Italian journalist, have recently published a book arguing that the shroud did indeed exist during the time frame of the life of Jesus.
Dan Porter, who oversees a news blog about the shroud, told The Christian Post that from what he knew the research was based on "new methods that have not been peer-reviewed yet for publication in a reputable and ethical scientific journal." more >>
An emeritus professor of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands is claiming in his newly-released book that a 1,200-year-old Egyptian text depicts Jesus as a shape-shifter and Pontius Pilate as a compassionate person.
The author also claims that the text describes the reason behind Judas' kissing of Jesus, as well as offers a different timeline for the Easter season, stating that Jesus was arrested on a Tuesday rather than a Thursday.
Roelof van den Broek makes these claims in Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem on the Life and the Passion of Christ. more >>
Dallas Theological Seminary professor and New Testament scholar Daniel B. Wallace has a very busy life, and likes it that way.
"We've got one life to live and we need to use it productively for the Lord," Wallace told The Christian Post during a recent interview for a series on Bible translation.
The theologian's name is known by students who have pored over his Greek grammar textbook or read any of the several books he has contributed to, authored or edited. Wallace also belongs to a handful of scholarly groups, such as the Society of New Testament Studies and the Evangelical Theological Society. Additionally, the highly respected textual critic has served as the senior New Testament editor of the NET Bible and has contributed to or served as consultant for four other Bible translations. He is currently producing work on the Gospels of John and Mark on nascent Christology. more >>
The Cyrus Cylinder, cited as extra-biblical evidence of an Old Testament account involving the exile of ancient Jews, is scheduled to make stops at various museums in the U.S. this year, before returning to its home at the British Museum.
The artifact is named after the Persian king who ruled from 559-530 B.C. and is mentioned in historical and prophetic books of the Bible as having allowed Jews exiled by the Babylonians to return to their home in Jerusalem.
The nearly 2,600-year-old Cylinder is viewed as inspiring modern-day political debates, cultural rhetoric and philosophy, and is also cited as an early example of sensitivity to tolerance, justice and religious freedom. more >>
An archaeological dig has uncovered what appears to be evidence that Shiloh, the ancient capital of Israel that was once the site where the Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant could be found, was destroyed, at least in part, by fire.
Excavators working in Tel Shiloh, the site of the ancient city, have uncovered the remains of a broken clay pitcher which was found lying in a layer of reddish ash, Tazpit News Agency reports. The finding leads them to believe the city was burned after 369 years of being the nation's religious center. The pitcher is suspected to be from around 1050 B.C. – the time the events described in the biblical book of 1 Samuel would have likely occurred.
But why was the city burned? The book of 1 Samuel describes a battle between the Philistines and Israel in which the Philistines were victorious and even took possession of the holy Ark, which had been brought into the camp of the Israelites during the battle, for a time. The Philistines, it is now believed by some, later sacked the city and burned it. more >>