Parts of the Bible from the Old Testament could have been written earlier than scholars previously thought, a discovery relating to a handwriting analysis of a text on pottery shards has suggested.
Researchers from Israel's Tel Aviv University posted their findings Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where they revealed that 600 BCE pottery from the Arad citadel suggested that not only the elites in society were able to read.
Israel Finkelstein, an archaeologist and biblical scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel, said the handwritten analysis represents new information about the people in the ancient kingdom of Judah. more >>
With Live+3 ratings showing 3.5 million total viewers tuned into the miniseries' premiere, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" marked the fourth most-watched telecast of all time for the NGC US network and its highest total viewership in 2016 to date.
The premiere aired Sunday, April 3, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Beyond Death." In episode one, Freeman explored the afterlife: how beliefs in the afterlife developed, how our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live, and the rapid advances science is making for a "digital resurrection." The episode garnered a 3.0 HH rating and 1.1 P25-54 (Live +3). more >>
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 >>