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The Dead Sea : Image of the Day

The Dead Sea : Image of the Day | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The lake between Israel and Jordan provides a bounty of salt and of history.

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Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object

"A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism.

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The Christian Ideal....has it been tried?

The Christian Ideal....has it been tried? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried” - G. K. Chesterton http://ow.ly/wthjJ

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The State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014 - Barna Group

The State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014 - Barna Group | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The Barna Group provides research and training for churches, non-profits, and businesses.

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Jake Kaufman's curator insight, June 8, 1:36 PM

Interesting data - despite more mobile and convenient options, Bible readers still say their biggest obstacle to reading the Bible is lack of time. 

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Religion and Spirituality: Apocalypse Now, Later or Never?

Religion and Spirituality: Apocalypse Now, Later or Never? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The book of Revelation is an enigma to most who read it. Does such a puzzling book have any real value?
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Of what value is the book of Revelation? Does it foretell the cataclysmic end of the world? Is it a historical record of events long past, or perhaps a call to moral responsibility? Or should it be read merely as first-century literature aimed at a first-century audience?

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Erwin McManus on Reaching Younger Generations: 'The Bible Is Not an Antiquated Text'

Erwin McManus on Reaching Younger Generations: 'The Bible Is Not an Antiquated Text' | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The writings of the Bible were completed about 2,000 years ago, but on Wednesday author, filmmaker and pastor Erwin McManus reminded church leaders who are trying to reach young people that the Bible will continue to be relevant into the future.
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But McManus says young people are setting down their Bible's not because they're running away from God, but because they're searching for authenticity and truth. Young people see the Bible as the impetus behind the "monotonous culture of the '50s where people pretended to be affected by God but actually lived very hollow lives," he said, though they don't realize what they're looking for can be found in the scriptures.

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Unique Egyptian sphinx unearthed in north Israel

Unique Egyptian sphinx unearthed in north Israel | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Part of an ancient Egyptian king's unique sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel on Tuesday, with researchers struggling to understand just how the unexpected find ended up there
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Tel Hazor, which Ben-Tor calls "the most important archaeological site in this country," was the capital of southern Canaan, founded circa 2,700 BC and at its peak covering approximately 200 acres and home to some 20,000 Canaanites. It was destroyed in the 13th century BC.

 

"Following a gap of some 150 years, it was resettled in the 11th century BC by the Israelites, who continuously occupied it until 732 BC," when it was destroyed by the Asyrians, Ben-Tor said.

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James D. Tabor - From Jew from Gentile

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James D. Tabor - From #Jew to #Gentile? 

 

Scholars and church leaders have claimed over the centuries that the apostle Paul advocated a complete departure from Jewish practice within the New Testament Church. Today, that consensus is changing.

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Mysterious structure found at bottom of ancient lake

Mysterious structure found at bottom of ancient lake | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
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A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

 

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

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Cyber-Archaeology at Petra – Biblical Archaeology Society

Cyber-Archaeology at Petra – Biblical Archaeology Society | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
A Cyber-Archaeology expedition at Petra provided insights on structural conservation and the next generation of archaeological data presentation.
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(From the article): A recent two-day Cyber-Archaeology expedition at Petra provided new insights on the site’s structural conservation and helped create the next generation of archaeological data presentation.

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'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery : NPR

'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery : NPR | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
In a new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, religious scholar and author John J. Collins tells the history of the scrolls and the controversies they have prompted, and explores the questions they ask and answer about Judeo-Christian history.
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The article and interview are interesting.  However, I found that the comments from readers to be especially intriquing.  One points out one of the flawas in the work of John Collins:

 

"This interview accepted too uncritically the standard story that the Dead Sea Scrolls are relics of an Essene community living in Qumran. This story is controversial. The alternative story is that the Qumran remains represent a military camp, not Essenes, and that the Scrolls represent a wide collection of documents from the personal libraries of lots of people trying to save them in troubled political times. If this alternative view is true, then the Scrolls cannot be expected to present a unified point of view, but rather show us a spectrum of beliefs in the society over the course of several hundred years."

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Daily Devotion: The Legacy of the Protestant Work Ethic

Daily Devotion: The Legacy of the Protestant Work Ethic | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The Western world's obsession with work has a long history. But on what is it founded?

 

Are we too leisure oriented, or is our cyber world turning us into workaholics? Has technology brought lasting benefits to workers? Should employment cut so deeply into personal time and family life? These and other questions arise often and illustrate the controversy that surrounds what we do most: work. To understand why we face such issues today, it’s helpful to rehearse some recent history to uncover the roots of our modern concept of work.

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(From the article): As secularism became an important aspect of American society alongside religion, it contributed to the nation’s growing pluralistic culture.

 

Today the tension is about which worldview should dominate public life. Humanists pursue the marginalization of religious values, while the religiously inclined, and particularly those with strong Calvinistic roots, believe all private and public activity should be governed by sacred values. Nevertheless, for most, the connection between work and a person’s calling has been severed. Work in today’s cultural setting is firmly attached to secular values.

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Dr. Richard Bauckham & Dr. Ben Witherington on the Book of Revelation

In this Seedbed interview, Dr. Ben Witherington speaks with Dr. Richard Bauckham about the book of Revelation. 

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Insight Video: The Bible: Treasure or Trash?

Insight Video: The Bible: Treasure or Trash? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Judeo-Christian thinking based on the Bible underpins Western society. Yet today, few know or understand what the Bible says. Is it still relevant?
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Seeing the Face of God

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What does God look like? Did Jesus have blond or dark hair? And why do we want to know?
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Artistic depictions of gods and divinities are interwoven throughout history and across civilizations. Ancient Egyptian notions about gods and goddesses and the afterlife were illustrated in images on sarcophagi and tomb-wall decorations. Similarly, temples, streets and homes in Mesopotamian, Grecian and Roman cultures were filled with visual reminders of their deities. 

 

This is not the case when we come to the God of the Bible, who asserts that He is the Almighty, beyond the knowledge or ability of any artist to depict. Indeed, His Second Commandment expressly forbids and condemns the worship of images.

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New Testament Basics: Jesus on Materialism

New Testament Basics: Jesus on Materialism | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The conflict between giving and acquiring material goods is an ancient dilemma. What does the Bible say about balancing these concepts?
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Jesus didn't imply that we shouldn't work. However, He assured His followers that God knows what we need, and that worrying about such things is futile: “Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28–30).

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Is Christianity Off Base?

Is Christianity Off Base? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

Over several centuries, Greek thinking displaced the Hebrew foundations of Jesus' message, creating a religion far removed from what He intended. What were the practices of the Apostle Paul and the first Christian church? 


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Falling on Deaf Ears? Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

Falling on Deaf Ears? Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
In many churches, there is almost no public reading of the Word of God. Worship is filled with music, but congregations seem uninterested in listening to the reading of the Bible.

Via William Dicks
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Indeed, in many churches there is very little reading of the Bible in worship, and sermons are marked by attention to the congregation’s concerns, not by an adequate attention to the biblical text. The exposition of the Bible has given way to the concerns, real or perceived, of the listeners. The authority of the Bible is swallowed up in the imposed authority of congregational concerns.

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2,700 year old Hebrew inscription uncovered in City of David

2,700 year old Hebrew inscription uncovered in City of David | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Thousands of fragments of pottery, candles, ceramics and figurines dating to the end of the First Temple discovered during excavations in Jerusalem.
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Archeologists Dr. Joe Uziel and Nahshon Zanton said that the engraved letters date back to eighth century earthenware, and that the bowl can be traced to the time of the destruction of Jerusalem under King of Judah Zedekiah, around 586 BCE.

 

They believe the inscription may be an address, and possibly contained an offering, given by the person whose name was inscribed on the vessel, they said.

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Bible translation timeline

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The History of Bible Translation
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Rob J Hyndman's curator insight, May 22, 2013 5:39 PM

An excellent interactive graphical display of Bible translation.

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Jerusalem Quarry Discovered

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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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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 Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project | Ritmeyer Archaeological Design

The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project | Ritmeyer Archaeological Design | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

The Arch of Titus Project will have important significance for the study of Roman architecture, as no monument of the Flavian period has yet been subjected to pigmentation analysis to reveal its original coloration. It is also projected to be of great importance for the study of the appearance of the sacred vessels of the Second Temple in the first century CE, as well as of the Herodian building projects in ancient Judaea, especially King Herod’s rebuilding of the Second Temple in the first century CE.


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(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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Herod the Great—The King’s Final Journey

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The Israel Museum’s exhibit Herod the Great—The King’s Final Journey guides visitors through the Herodian world and the end of the illustrious king’s life, as brought to light by the late archaeologist Ehud Netzer.

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(From the article): An extraordinary archaeological exhibit opened on February 12 at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. It marks the journeys of two men separated by 2,000 years. One journey was the funeral procession of King Herod the Great—feared, hated and lionized—whose monumental works still mark the landscape of Israel; the other journey was the life work of renowned Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer, who described Herod as “a king who lived and breathed the art of construction, deeply understood its ways and, quite simply, loved to build.” In fact, one might fairly say that Netzer himself lived and breathed the man and the works of Herod.

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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 | Biblical Studies | 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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(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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Top UK universities to buy Lewis-Gibson Genizah

Top UK universities to buy Lewis-Gibson Genizah | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Collection, worth £1.2 million significant historical resource of manuscripts in Arabic and Hebrew dated from ninth century.

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Peter Nathan's curator insight, February 10, 2013 7:59 PM

add this to the Taylor-Schenker Collection in Cambridge and the majority of the Genizah is back together in one place.

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On the Immortality of the Soul

On the Immortality of the Soul | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Religious faiths of all descriptions have something to say about an afterlife, with most teaching that as humans we possess an immortal soul.
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(From the article): Most religions teach that after death, a soul within us leaves the body and lives on for eternity. Many people assume it is also a biblical belief, but is it? What exactly is the history of this idea?

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Law, Prophets and Writings

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This series  covers the section of Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures known as the Law,Prophets and Writings.

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