Researchers are still hard at work investigating the authenticity of a controversial ancient papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife," which was discovered by a Harvard University professor in 2012, and has prompted debate over whether or not it is a forgery.
LiveScience reported on Monday that research into the papyrus' ink suggests that the fragment is not a modern-day forgery, as previously thought, but the results of an ongoing investigation by Columbia University are yet to be published.
The papyrus was originally presented at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome in September 2012 by Karen L. King, the Hollis professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School. The fragment reads in Coptic: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..." more >>
The Israel Antiquity Authority has announced that it will be providing ancient artifacts for display at and the Museum of the Bible, a future educational faciility focused on the history, culture and influence of the Bible, set to open in Washington D.C. in 2017.
"Making the archaeological heritage of the land of Israel and the vital archaeological work conducted by the IAA available and accessible to people around the world is our mission," said IAA Director Israel Hasson in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
"The rare opportunity to have a long-term exhibition in the U.S. capital of a large selection of archaeological treasures that were excavated in Israel and illuminate the story of the Bible is remarkable." more >>
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.