Three Christian traditions have put aside their theological differences and partnered to save the endangered holy place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried, and resurrected, in Jerusalem.
Members of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the Armenian Orthodox churches have partnered in a $3.4 million renovation project for the tomb of Jesus, located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.
"The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman, premiering Sunday night, serves as the intriguing exploration of one influential man's journey to faith. In the National Geographic Channel/Revelation Entertainment's series, Freeman sets out to travel 20 cities in seven different countries on an intimate journey to find answers to the big mysteries of faith.
Although viewers are not sure initially what to expect when they see Freeman on the cover surrounded by various religious symbols, the actor was able to set the tone by sharing about his childhood and the losses he experienced.
"Everybody grieves but some people have a certainty that helps them cope with grief. They are certain they will see their loved ones again in Heaven. For some of us, it's not quite that simple. In fact, it's the greatest question we ask ourselves: What happens when we die?" Freeman asks. more >>
Messianic Jewish soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces are growing bolder and more open about their faith in Christ with their fellow soldiers and officers, a survey has found, despite daily challenges of living 24/7 around unbelievers and trials resisting the "pleasures of the world."
The survey, released on March 1, was conducted by Kehila News Israel in cooperation with several local ministries that organize soldier conferences and Bible studies for the hundreds of Messianic soldiers currently serving in the IDF.
The results, based on the responses of 69 active duty IDF soldiers from a total population of several hundred Messianic soldiers, found that there is a clear openness about Yeshua (Jesus) in the army – as much as 96 percent said that their fellow soldiers know about their faith, in addition to 78 percent of their commanders and officers. more >>
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 >>