King Abdullah of Jordan, a direct descendant of the Islamic prophet of Muhammad, has offered to help pay for a multi-million dollar restoration project on one of Christianity's most sacred sites.
A letter sent from the Royal Hashemite Court to Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox patriarch in Jerusalem, confirms that Abdullah has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to help with the $3.4 million project on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located in Jerusalem's Old City.
The church is believed by many Christian denominations, such as the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Orthodox, to be the site where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. more >>
Parts of the Bible from the Old Testament could have been written earlier than scholars previously thought, a discovery relating to a handwriting analysis of a text on pottery shards has suggested.
Researchers from Israel's Tel Aviv University posted their findings Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where they revealed that 600 BCE pottery from the Arad citadel suggested that not only the elites in society were able to read.
Israel Finkelstein, an archaeologist and biblical scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel, said the handwritten analysis represents new information about the people in the ancient kingdom of Judah. more >>
A real biblical site, a real woman, and a real faith, all rooted in history. That's what we learn from the archaeological dig at Magdala.
If there were a prize for the least-understood yet incredibly-important person in the Bible, it would probably go to Mary Magdalene. I suspect that more people "know" that she was a prostitute — which is based on a misreading of Luke, chapters 7 and 8 — than the fact that she was the first witness to the Lord's resurrection.
Recent archaeological discoveries are shedding a much-needed light on the life and times of this vital biblical character. more >>
As the Republicans and Democrats get ever closer to their respective national conventions, much speculation abounds as to whether there will be a brokered convention.
In various interviews and public statements, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has stated that if he gets the most votes he should be the nominee, even if he fails to secure a majority of delegates before the convention.
Under party rules, a candidate must have a majority of delegates to become the nominee. If no candidate has a majority on the first vote, several rounds of voting could take place before the delegates agree on a nominee. more >>
The skull and bones of a Christian saint believed to have been martyred in 284 AD for refusing to deny his faith have been uncovered in the Syrian town of Qaryatain, which was recently recaptured from the control of the Islamic State terror group.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that journalists were able to take photos of the ruins of the Mar Elian (St. Julian) monastery, which apparently show a destroyed sarcophagus containing a skull and bones.
Qaryatain, which once had a thriving Christian community, was captured by IS last summer as part of the terror group's ongoing campaign to establish its Caliphate on the territories of Iraq and Syria. more >>
An ancient Greek symbol for Christ was reportedly discovered at the ruins of a Byzantine church in Gaza dating back from around 1,500 years ago, the Palestinian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry revealed Monday.
"Our first thought is that the site is a cathedral or a church from the Byzantine period," said Jamal Abu Rida, the general director of the antiquities ministry, according to Reuters.
"During that era, there was a great interest among the Byzantine rulers to build churches in the Gaza Strip." more >>