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Cultic shrines from time of King David

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Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel finds first cultic evidence in Judah from the time of King David, with implications for Solomon's Temple.

 

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced the discovery of objects that for the first time shed light on how a cult was organized in Judah at the time of King David.

 

During recent archaeological excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified city in Judah adjacent to the Valley of Elah, Garfinkel and colleagues uncovered rich assemblages of pottery, stone and metal tools, and many art and cult objects.

 

These include three large rooms that served as cultic shrines, which in their architecture and finds correspond to the biblical description of a cult at the time of King David.

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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 Law, the Prophets and the Writings, Part 15: A Study in Contrasts

The Law, the Prophets and the Writings, Part 15: A Study in Contrasts | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
While the biblical book of Judges ends with several ignominious episodes from Israel’s history, the book of Ruth relates a different story altogether.
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The book of Judges concludes with the story of the final judge, Samson, followed by the recounting of several ignominious episodes from that time in Israel’s history. The dark nature of those stories stands in stark contrast to another from the same era—that of a non-Israelite woman named Ruth.
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A Carved Stone Block Upends Assumptions About Ancient Judaism

A Carved Stone Block Upends Assumptions About Ancient Judaism | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The Magdala Stone, found in Israel, is forcing scholars to revisit ideas about synagogues and their relationship to the Second Temple around the dawn of Christianity.
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A fascinating find. 

 

(From the article): But what makes the stone such a rare find in biblical archaeology, according to scholars, is that when it was carved, the Second Temple still stood in Jerusalem for the carver to see. The stone is a kind of ancient snapshot.

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How and when did Christians start to depict images of Jesus on the cross?

How and when did Christians start to depict images of Jesus on the cross? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The staurogram, a crucifixion symbol made out of the Greek letters tau-rho, is 200 years older than the oldest previously-known images of Jesus on the cross.
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The practice is not borrowed from the first century followers of Jesus. 

 

(from the article) Some believe the early church avoided images of Jesus on the cross until the fourth or fifth century. In “The Staurogram: Earliest Depiction of Jesus’ Crucifixion” in the March/April 2013 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Larry Hurtado highlights an early Christian crucifixion symbol that sets the date back by 150–200 years.

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Seeing the Face of God

Seeing the Face of God | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
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

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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.
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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

Bible translation timeline | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

 

 

The History of Bible Translation
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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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Insight: 7 Myths of Revelation

The biblical book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse, has certainly come in for a lot of misunderstanding and misinterpretation for most of the past two thousand years. Let’s think about seven such myths of ‪#‎Revelation‬ and show where they go astray from a biblical point of view. http://bit.ly/1WFDDiD
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The biblical book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse, has certainly come in for a lot of misunderstanding and misinterpretation for most of the past two thousand years—even the title is often misquoted as “Revelations.” From the idea of Armageddon being the end of the world to the claim that the book is primarily historical, misconceptions and myths abound. Let’s think about seven such myths of Revelation and show where they go astray from a biblical point of view. http://bit.ly/1WFDDiD
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What is the Ancient Near East: Seven Minute Seminary

What is the ancient Near East? Is it useful for understanding the Bible? Dr. John Walton explains that without knowing the ancient background to texts, we ma...
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Dr. John Walton presents a synopsis of the role of understanding the world of the Ancient Near East when working to exegete and understand scripture. Understanding the way the ancient Hebrews, Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, etc… thought, organized their societies, used language, and built relationships provides critical background information that helps us to understand the texts we have today.

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50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
A web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk's “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” feature in the March/April 2014 issue of BAR
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In “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk lists 50 figures from the Hebrew Bible who have been confirmed archaeologically. The 50-person chart in BAR includes Israelite kings and Mesopotamian monarchs as well as lesser-known figures.

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A Tour through Ancient Rome in 320 C.E. - YouTube

A project between Khan Academy and Rome Reborn - with Dr. Bernard Frischer More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=VAgA6G75XsI
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An informative view of Ancient Rome. 

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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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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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