Israel has granted approximately 850 Palestinian Christians who live in the Gaza Strip permits allowing them to visit Jerusalem for Easter.
"Muhammad al-Maqadma [spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs] said the permits were the result of 'dedicated efforts' by Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh in order to enable hundreds of Christians to celebrate the holidays within a span of 45 days," reported the Middle Eastern publication Ma'an News.
"This is the first time such a large number of Christians from Gaza received permits to travel to the West Bank and Jerusalem," al-Maqadma told Ma'an Saturday. more >>
Israeli archaeologists have discovered two "rare" seals dating back to the First Temple period in what is now a parking lot in Jerusalem.
The two seals were found in the Giv'ati parking lot in Jerusalem's City of David earlier this month, the Israel Antiquities Authority has confirmed.
What makes the two seals so rare is their date from the First Temple era, as well as the fact that one of the seals belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael. more >>
A 7-year-old Israeli boy discovered a rare Canaanite figurine dating back 3,400 years, archaeologists have confirmed.
The clay figurine, resembling a naked woman in standing position, was discovered by the young boy as he hiked in Tel Rehov in northeastern Israel last week. The artifact was fashioned out of wet clay using a mold, archaeologists said.
After discovering the artifact, the boy returned home and showed it to his mother, who turned it over to the Israel Antiquities Authority. more >>
This week Donald Trump said that he would remain neutral when it comes to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict — he doesn't want to take sides. Maybe he should also be neutral between ISIS and the Christians they are killing? Maybe he should be neutral between the 9/11 terrorists and the Americans they attacked? According to Obama's pastor Reverend Wright, we deserved it.
I understand that he was looking at it like a businessman making a deal. But this is far bigger than a "deal" — there are spiritual dynamics that he can't even begin to comprehend. There are end-time implications for America if we continue to turn against Israel.
Furthermore, when it comes to Mexico, he is quick to give his opinion. When it comes to China, he doesn't hold back. When we're talking about the Iran deal, there is no hesitation. When has Trump ever failed to give bold, brash opinion? Yet when asked who's to blame for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, he prefers to be neutral. He has no principled opinion. more >>
A newly discovered artifact has religious and archaeological communities buzzing with interest after an ongoing multi-million dollar renovation of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity uncovered the intriguing religious relic.
The identity of the artifact is currently being kept under wraps, and no images have yet been released. Fashioned from brass, silver, shells and stones, the undisclosed piece had been covered beneath plaster near a window in the nearly 1,700-year-old church structure. It has since been repaired and restored.
The icon is "of great religious and historical value," said Ziad al-Bandak, a Palestinian presidential adviser for Christian Affairs and leader of the Palestinian committee tasked with the renovation, to The Times of Israel last week. more >>
WASHINGTON — Although mankind may be divided by location, language and culture, one common thread knits the races together: a belief in God.
That's the premise of the upcoming six-part NatGeo docu-series "The Story of God," hosted and produced in-part by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, which attempts to shed light on how cultures around the world view the Divine.
Freeman says he had preconceived notions about the world's religions before beginning the documentary. more >>