An Israeli researcher announced this week that she has identified an ancient color, known as "biblical blue," on a nearly 2,000-year-old textile recovered in the 1950s from the Wadi Murabba'at caves, located south of Qumran in the West Bank.
Naama Sukenik of Israel's Antiquities Authority, who had been studying the ancient textile as part of her doctorate at Bar-Ilan University, revealed her findings at the "100 Years to Tekhelet Research" conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The conference is attended by more than 350 scientists and academics.
Sukenik said at the conference that the small piece of woolen fabric recovered from the caves was colored with dye from the Murex trunculus, a snail that researchers believe was used to make this rare blue color. The color, known as tekhelet in Hebrew, has been described multiple times in the Bible, including in Exodus Chapter 25 and Exodus Chapter 27. more >>
A 2,000-year-old burial box believed by some to contain the remains of James, the brother of Jesus Christ, is set to go on public display in Israel, though it is stirring debate among Roman Catholics who reject that Christ had biological siblings.
Oded Golan, the Israeli antiquities collector who owns the limestone burial box, insists that "this is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ," according to a report in The Guardian, written by journalist Matthew Kalman, who maintains the James Ossuary Trial Jerusalem blog.
"There is no doubt that it's ancient, and the probability is that it belonged to the brother of Jesus Christ," he added. more >>
When thinking about the exact location of the birth of Jesus Christ, for most Christians in the United States if not Western civilization, a familiar image comes to mind. Surrounded by farm animals, the Christ child is laid within a manger, a stable that was likely made of wood with hay on the ground. Traditional images of said manger, the displays erected outside of churches, on public property or at home, generally involve a simple wooden structure as the setting.
However, in some Christian traditions the setting for the manger is not a wooden building, but rather a rockier less man-made locale.
Churches, like the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, state that Jesus was born in a cave, as they were used by shepherds of the time to shelter animals from hostile weather. more >>
The birth of Jesus Christ holds great significance for billions of people worldwide, especially regarding spiritual matters.
Jesus' birth also holds a chronological significance, as western nations based their present form of time-keeping off of the estimated date of the event.
Every time someone speaks of the war of 1812, or the blizzard of 1996, or the 2008 presidential election they are referencing how many years it's been since Jesus was born. more >>
In recent days controversy has arisen regarding the racial identity of Jesus Christ courtesy of remarks made by Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Kelly declared on the cable news channel that Jesus was white, spurring much debate and controversy online and offline.
Craig Mitchell of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., told The Christian Post that the historical Jesus was likely not white. more >>
The 2014 People's Choice Awards may be the scene of a minor skirmish in the United States' culture wars, as a miniseries based on the Holy Bible will go up against an LGBT-themed television movie.
In the "Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries" category, the hit History Channel miniseries "The Bible" has as one of its competitors the HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra."