A ceramic jar with Canaanite language inscriptions believed to be from 10th Century B.C. or the time of King David and King Solomon, and discovered near Jerusalem's Temple Mount, has researchers puzzled in their efforts to discover its meaning.
"The piece that was discovered is the end of the inscription and one letter from its beginning. The writing is characteristic of the 10th and 11th centuries B.C.E. It resembles what is known as proto-Canaanite script, that is, writing that existed in the land of Israel prior to the strengthening of Israelite rule and Hebrew writing," Professor Shmuel Ahituv from Ben-Gurion University said, according to Israel Hayom. The discovery has been documented in the Israel Exploration Journal, written by Ahituv and Hebrew University's David Ben-Shlomo.
According to the Bible, the Canaanites were people who lived in present-day Israel. more >>
Researchers have recently revealed their methods for determining that the Gospel of Judas, a fragmented Coptic text traced to Egypt in approximately A.D. 280, is in fact free of forgeries.
Daniel B. Wallace, professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, contends that although the text may in fact be free of forgeries, it carries no historic credibility, and proves to be a fake gospel that paints a heretic view of Jesus.
The text, which was discovered in Egypt in the 1970s, was analyzed in a 2006 National Geographic Society investigation by a team of researchers led by microscopist Joseph Barabe of McCrone Associates in Illinois to determine if the ancient Egyptian text raised any red flags regarding forgeries. more >>
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 >>