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Bible News features recent news items and blog posts related to the Bible, with particular emphasis on biblical archaeology, Bible translation and Bible software.
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Bible News features recent news items and blog posts related to the Bible, with particular emphasis on biblical archaeology, Bible translation and Bible software. This site is a “blog aggregator” and contains links to articles about the Bible and related topics from many different websites. Only the first few words of any article are shown. To read more, click on the article title and you will be taken to the original site for the full article.


The purpose of this site is to help you find interesting news about the Bible from around the web, and to highlight some of the most interesting articles providing Bible news. All articles are selected by Rob Hyndman.

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Bible translation timeline

Bible translation timeline | Bible News | Scoop.it

 

 

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An excellent interactive graphical display of Bible translation.

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Second Temple Door Key from Jerusalem

Second Temple Door Key from Jerusalem | Bible News | Scoop.it

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a quarry dating from the Second Temple period. Among the artifacts discovered is a door key.

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Jezreel Expedition Sheds New Light on Ahab and Jezebel’s City – Biblical Archaeology Society

Jezreel Expedition Sheds New Light on Ahab and Jezebel’s City – Biblical Archaeology Society | Bible News | Scoop.it
Jezreel Expedition Sheds New Light on Ahab and Jezebel’s City
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Shakespeare and the Word

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Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday (or at least as near to it as anyone is able to guess). Did you know that Shakespeare’s plays are chock full of Bible references? Some are obvious, but many require very careful reading—and a thorough familiarity with the Bible—to catch.

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Unique Ritual Bath Complex Excavated in Jerusalem

Unique Ritual Bath Complex Excavated in Jerusalem | Bible News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists working for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently excavated a unique ritual bath (mikveh) in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood of Jerusalem (southwest of the Old City). Three separate collecting tanks (otzar) were carved into the rock in order to collect as much rainwater as possible.

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Faces of the Bible: A Fascinating New Television Series Debuts in Canada

Faces of the Bible: A Fascinating New Television Series Debuts in Canada | Bible News | Scoop.it
Meet Delilah: TV series unveils ‘biblical’ faces. Using skulls up to 6,000 years old unearthed by archaeologists, producers recreate how four residents of ancient Israel might have looked Four face...
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Is The Bible The Word Of God?

Is The Bible The Word Of God? | Bible News | Scoop.it
When reading the Bible we don't need to choose between a literal reading and a rejection. Both are small-minded and spiritually deadening positions.
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The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project | Ritmeyer Archaeological Design

The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project | Ritmeyer Archaeological Design | Bible News | Scoop.it
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:57 AM

(From the article): Prof. Steven Fine noted that in the first presentation at the upcoming April 4 Kennes Torah Umadda (Congress of Torah and Science) in Jerusalem he will be discussing — for the first time in Israel — the discoveries made by the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project last summer and the implications of advances in the study of polychromy for the study of the arch (and of Jewish visual culture in general).

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The Bible Series -- Drama and Historical Context

The Bible Series -- Drama and Historical Context | Bible News | Scoop.it

One of the aspects that I appreciate in the New Testament episodes of The Bible series is the attention paid to historical context.  One of the challenges for film-makes on this kind of project is to provide some explanation of the historical context without weighing the narrative down with turgid exposition.

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The Bible miniseries: Mark Burnett tackles Bible 'illiteracy'

The Bible miniseries: Mark Burnett tackles Bible 'illiteracy' | Bible News | Scoop.it
The Bible miniseries by 'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett started on the History Channel Sunday. The five-part miniseries use modern computer graphics to bring stories from the Bible to life.
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The Stones of Herod’s Temple Reveal Temple Mount History

The Stones of Herod’s Temple Reveal Temple Mount History | Bible News | Scoop.it
Building the Herodian Temple involved ancient construction techniques, and the stones of Herod’s Temple give us clues to Temple Mount history.
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Ancient Board Games

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Archaeologists have uncovered over 25 inscriptions in Jerusalem’s Old City that served as public boards for gaming. Excavations at the Bronze Age Canaanite site Tel Arad have uncovered over fifty ancient board games, and a “Dogs and Jackals” set from Tel Megiddo was discovered alongside stone dice and other gaming pieces.

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Did ancient beams discarded in Old City come from first and second temples?

Did ancient beams discarded in Old City come from first and second temples? | Bible News | Scoop.it
A collection of neglected wooden beams from the Al-Aqsa mosque offer a glimpse at ancient Jerusalem — and possibly at the biblical temples themselves
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Mysterious First Temple Pillar Found Outside Bethlehem

Mysterious First Temple Pillar Found Outside Bethlehem | Bible News | Scoop.it

A mysterious First Temple-era archaeological find under a Palestinian [sic] orchard near Bethlehem is increasingly gaining attention — despite attempts to keep it quiet.

 

In February, a tour guide leading a group through an underground tunnel in the rural West Bank [sic], not far from Jerusalem, was surprised to stumble upon the remains of a unique carved pillar.

 

The pillar matched monumental construction from the 9th or 8th centuries bce — the time of the First Temple in Jerusalem. That signaled the presence of an important and previously unknown structure from that period.

 

Buried under earth and rubble, the pillar was now two yards below the surface.

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Jerusalem Quarry Discovered

Jerusalem Quarry Discovered | Bible News | Scoop.it
sraeli archaeologists have discovered a quarry from the Herodian period north of the Old City of Jerusalem. The quarry was revealed in the course of construction of Highway 21.
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donhornsby's curator insight, May 9, 2013 1:18 AM

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a quarry from the Herodian period north of the Old City of Jerusalem. The quarry was revealed in the course of construction of Highway 21. The IAA press releasedescribes the results of the excavation.

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The Gabriel Stone and the Messiah

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The Israel museum has announced that it will display the "Gabriel Stone." The "stone" is a tablet inscribed in ancient Hebrew that describes a vision of an attack on Jerusalem during which God appears with angels and rescues the city. Leading the angels, or at least acting as the central character, is the angel Gabriel. The stone was found in Jordan thirteen years ago and scholars are still debating what it means.

 

In 2008 one scholar suggested that a line which reads "after three days you will live" was a reference to resurrection. Some pounced on this interpretation and suggested that it was proof that the Christian story of Jesus rising from the dead after three days was borrowed. Since 2008, however, that interpretation has been shown to be wanting. One major problem is that the lines on the stone have faded and there are cracks in the stone both of which makes it difficult to decipher.

 

What the stone does demonstrate, however, is a high-level of interest, if not preoccupation with, angels in the second temple period. While angels appear infrequently in Hebrew Bible, they are mentioned numerous times in the New Testament and other Jewish and Christian literature of the time.

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A Monumental Underwater Structure in the Sea of Galilee

A Monumental Underwater Structure in the Sea of Galilee | Bible News | Scoop.it

What is a monumental ancient stone structure doing in the Sea of Galilee? In a recent issue of The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Israeli archaeologists, geophysicists and oceanographers discuss an 880,000-square-foot, 60,000-ton structure submerged in the Sea of Galilee.

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Cave Church of St. Peter to Undergo Restoration – Biblical Archaeology Society

Cave Church of St. Peter to Undergo Restoration – Biblical Archaeology Society | Bible News | Scoop.it
Restoring the Ancient Cave Church of St. Peter
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Biblica kills online TNIV and NIV-1984

I am not a fan of the NIV and TNIV translations.  But this shocks me: In February, Biblica (the International Bible Society) officially killed all online versions of the TNIV and NIV-1984.&#16...
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Hierapolis and the Gateway to Hell – Biblical Archaeology Society

Hierapolis and the Gateway to Hell – Biblical Archaeology Society | Bible News | Scoop.it
Italian archaeologists excavating the Phrygian city of Hierapolis have uncovered the remains of Pluto’s Gate, considered an ancient gateway to hell.
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A Celebration of Mary Magdalene in The Bible series

A Celebration of Mary Magdalene in The Bible series | Bible News | Scoop.it

 I will not hide from the reader just how thrilled I am with the way that Mary Magdalene (Amber Rose Revah, left) is played.  In order to explain why, I will need to reflect first on the depiction of Mary in other Jesus films.

Throughout the history of Jesus films, the depiction of Mary Magdalene has been disappointing.  And that's an understatement.  Some would say that it has been scandalous.  It has been absolutely standard to depict her as the repentant prostitute, harmonizing Luke 7.36-50 (anonymous "sinner") and John 8.1-11 (anonymous woman taken in adultery) with references to Mary Magdalene (Luke 8.1-3, Mark 15.40-41 etc.).

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How to Train Your Franken-Bible

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A 2,600-year-old icon of freedom comes to the United States

A 2,600-year-old icon of freedom comes to the United States | Bible News | Scoop.it
The Cyrus Cylinder, which tells the story of a rare ancient act of tolerance, is touring five American museums this spring
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Inside the house of Herod: Israeli exhibition sheds light on the home life of the biblical king who tried to kill the baby Jesus

Inside the house of Herod: Israeli exhibition sheds light on the home life of the biblical king who tried to kill the baby Jesus | Bible News | Scoop.it
The exhibition offers a glimpse in to the palace of King Herod (centre bottom), including his bath (top left) and a bust of the Roman Emperor who ruled at the time (right).
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donhornsby's curator insight, February 14, 2013 9:35 AM

(From the article): The private household of King Herod has been laid bare in a new exhibition being held at a museum in Israel.


Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem features exhibits that offer an intriguing glimpse into the home life of the divisive figure, including his bath and the decorations that adorned his palace.

The 250 artifacts were excavated over a period of 40 years at Herodium, the builder-king's excavated palace on an arid hilltop a short drive from Jerusalem.




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Beth Shemesh and the Israelite-Philistine Border

Beth Shemesh and the Israelite-Philistine Border | Bible News | Scoop.it

Bloomberg runs a story on the excavations at Tell Beth Shemesh, describing the recent discovery of a cultic site as well as the absence of pig bones.

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