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Hebrew Torah Scroll | Torah Images

Hebrew Torah Scroll | Torah Images | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Hebrew Torah Scroll Image by Steel Wool Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition (Hebrew Torah Scroll http://t.co/d1PecMej...)...
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The Earliest Christian Graffito?

The Earliest Christian Graffito? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

In my previous posting I briefly described Roger Bagnall’s new book, Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East, and I mentioned his lead chapter on a body of graffiti from ancient Smyrna..

 

Bagnall also notes a few other graffiti from Smyrna that he judges “possible references to Christianity” (23). These include a fragmentary graffito that can be restored as “the one who has given the spirit”. Another partially-preserved graffito “even more tantalizingly” has the letters ΚΑΡΠΟΣ, which Bagnall wonders might have been the name of Polycarp (Greek: Πολυκαρπος), a leader in the church in Smyrna in the period of the graffito.

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In the footsteps of the Holy Land's greatest mosaic artist

In the footsteps of the Holy Land's greatest mosaic artist | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Little else is known about the creator of this artistic masterpiece from 1,800 years ago, who worked neither quickly nor cheaply.

 

The artist who made it some 1,800 years ago was apparently the greatest mosaic artist ever to work in this land. The laboratory has another large mosaic, excavated about 40 years ago in the Lachish area that also features lions and other animals, and geometric patterns. But the lion's mane and tail are missing and the donkey has a limp, the peacock's foot is distorted and the circles are crooked.

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Christianity's Tangled Roots

Christianity's Tangled Roots | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Competing philosophies put pressure on the early Christian church to change its doctrines and practices

 

The New Testament as we see it today stands in stark contrast to the ideas of the Gnostics. The discovery and subsequent study of Gnostic documents actually demands the reconsideration of the entire New Testament as a product of the Jewish milieu. The result is that all the writings of the apostles must be recontextualized within their world rather than the Hellenistic world in which generations of commentators have tried to place them. This calls for a total reevaluation of the lineage of what is called Christianity.

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Court favors right-wing group on City of David park

Court favors right-wing group on City of David park | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Ruling ends three-year legal battle from left-wing organization to stop agreement between Elad and National Parks Authority.

 

The City of David Park, located south of the Temple Mount, contains archeological ruins from the First Temple period.

 

The park has long been a source of tension between the Ir David Foundation and the Arab residents of the Silwan neighborhood, who say it encroaches on their land. Ir David supports Jewish residents in the predominantly Arab neighborhood in addition to developing the archeological site.

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Sights and Insights: Hopes on the slope to J'lem

Sights and Insights: Hopes on the slope to J'lem | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Passover and Easter bring to mind pictures of the Messiah; both for Jews and for Christians.

 

No other city in history comes close to Jerusalem’s significance.

 

Others have had more power, more land, more people, more natural resources—even more prestige—but none has more significance. And none ever will.

 

Yet when you see Jerusalem for the first time, you may wonder why all the fuss.

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ReViews: The Horsemen of Ancient Israel

ReViews: The Horsemen of Ancient Israel | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

Although recent scholarship tends to assume that there were few horses in ancient Israel and that chariotry was relatively insignificant, Cantrell concludes otherwise based on sophisticated inferences from Biblical as well as ancient Near Eastern texts and from an abundance of archaeological evidence. In Iron Age Israel, she argues, there were large numbers of horses.

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'Jesus Discovery': Jerusalem Archaeology Reveals Birth Of Christianity

'Jesus Discovery': Jerusalem Archaeology Reveals Birth Of Christianity | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

This discovery adds significantly to our understanding of Jesus, his earliest followers, and the birth of Christianity. In this book we reveal reliable archaeological evidence that is directly connected to Jesus' first followers, those who knew him personally and to Jesus himself. The discovery provides the earliest archaeological evidence of faith in Jesus' resurrection from the dead, the first witness to a saying of Jesus that predates even the writing of our New Testament gospels, and the earliest example of Christian art, all found in a sealed tomb dated to the 1st century CE.

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Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times - The Franklin Institute - May 12 - October 14, 2012

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times - The Franklin Institute - May 12 - October 14, 2012 | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Don't miss the largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls ever displayed @TheFranklin in #Philly May12 - visit http://t.co/BM0hfvmM for tickets!

 

The Franklin Institute's Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit presents one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, featuring twenty scrolls including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible and four never-before-seen scrolls. With more than 600 items on display, visitors will experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects from everyday life, more than 2000 years ago.

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We got to see an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls in San Diego once. Very interesting--even the kids loved it.
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The Archaeological Evidence For Jesus

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The archaeological evidence shows that Jesus grew up in a small village, Nazareth, about four miles from Sepphoris, a prominent city in the early first century C.E. This city had a Greco-Roman look, complete with paved, columned street, but its inhabitants were observant Jews.

 

The evidence further shows that Nazareth was linked to a network of roads that accommodated travel and commerce. The quaint notion that Jesus grew up in rustic isolation has been laid to rest. The youthful Jesus may well have visited Sepphoris, whose theatre may have been the inspiration for his later mockery of religious hypocrites as play-actors.

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Bible History: In the Beginning Was the Word

Bible History: In the Beginning Was the Word | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
It’s been 400 years since the King James Version of the Bible was published. What is the history of the Bible translation that is so popular?
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MetaV Explorer

MetaV Explorer | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Exlore the Bible visually using the map or timeline. Discover how each passage relates to time and gepgraphy.

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New Discoveries at Ur

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Archaeologist Elizabeth Stone of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University has returned to Iraq to dig at some of the important sites in ancient Mesopotamia. In her recent visit, Stoned excavated as the site of Ga’esh, “a place where Ur’s kings went every year for a festival renewing their rulership.”


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ASOR Journals’ Current Content Now Available for Free on JSTOR!

ASOR Journals’ Current Content Now Available for Free on JSTOR! | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

The American Schools of Oriental research is excited to announce free access to the current content of all three of our publications during the month of April. You are now able to access all content published in Near Eastern Archaeology, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Journal of Cuneiform Studies over the last four years!

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Bill Mounce on where the study of Biblical languages is headed.

Greek Scholar, Bill Mounce, discusses how education of Biblical languages is changing and where the field might be headed.

 

To students of biblical languages, especially New Testament Greek, Bill Mounce is no stranger. His many linguistic works include: Basics of Biblical Greek, A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek, Learn the Basics of Biblical Greek DVD Series, Basics of Biblical Greek Vocabulary Cards, The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament, Greek for the Rest of Us: Using Greek Tools Without Mastering Biblical Greek and he has written the Word Commentary Series volume on The Pastoral Epistles.

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Off the Beaten Track: City of David

Off the Beaten Track: City of David | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
There's no better place this Passover to explore new excavations that have so much to do with the holiday.

 

When I first arrived in Israel I was in awe of the remnants of biblical and Talmudic Jerusalem. It seemed that everywhere I turned I would bump into something that would send me almost 2,000 or 3,000 years in back time. My mind would race through history and my emotions would bubble up to the surface and sometimes, even for this secular Jew, I would find myself in the midst of a spiritual experience.

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Digitizing over 100 years of ASOR Archives

Digitizing over 100 years of ASOR Archives | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

Since I started here in 2009, we have processed thirty two collections from the mass of material stored at ASOR headquarters in Boston, the Semitic Museum at Harvard University, and the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. I expect that a few more collections will emerge before we are through with the processing.

 

These collections include excavation materials, photographs, dig diaries, drawings, correspondence and all manner of administrative materials. The collections document fascinating moments in the history of archaeology like the first photographic survey of area east of the Jordan River, and the discovery and publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The collections also document the experiences of American archaeologists working in the Near East through World War II, the Six Day War, the establishment of the state of Israel, and other significant political events.

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In Israel, a battle to save the ancient Canaan dog

In Israel, a battle to save the ancient Canaan dog | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
This breed, once seen by Moses and Jesus, now the focus of a battle between preservationists and bureaucracy.

 

Pricked, pointy ears and almond-shaped brown eyes. A tan or black-and-white coat and a tail that curls upward. For many in Israel, this is the description of a pesky stray that feeds on garbage. But for a passionate few, it is a cultural treasure that should be preserved.

 

Meet the biblical dog.

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Is the Bible Anti-Woman?

Is the Bible Anti-Woman? | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Are the Scriptures—the Old and the New Testament—biased against women? It’s a common enough claim.

 

The wives of the patriarchs are seen as subservient; ancient Hebrew society is said to have treated women as possessions; and the apostle Paul, understood by many to be the real founder of Christianity, is viewed as a fierce woman hater. Given these perceptions, how can we think of the Bible as anything but anti-woman?

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Golgotha: Where Is It?

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Where was Jesus crucified and buried? Most would say the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Garden Tomb, but 1st-century evidence says neither.

 

While Catholic, Orthodox and some other religious communities place the location of Jesus Christ’s death within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, most Protestant churches opt instead for an outcrop of rock near the Garden Tomb. But other ideas have been put forward over the years, one of which is worthy of further consideration in light of first-century Jewish practices and New Testament accounts of the event.

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BiblePlaces Blog: Jesus Discovery: Book Excerpt and Photos

James Tabor stated in a comment here yesterday that he is “not sure how finding the earliest evidence of faith in Jesus’ resurrection would negate Christianity,” but the book excerpt above shows otherwise. In their interpretations of the evidence, the authors claim that the evidence refutes “certain theological traditions” about the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

 

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What to Do When the Original Text Makes No Sense

What to Do When the Original Text Makes No Sense | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
I was preparing for my class in the OT Historical Books the other day when I stumbled over one of the ESV's little-advertised translation changes in 1 Samuel 13:1 (I'd call it a stealth version, but that would be a cheap shot).

 

Translation is never simple, and formal equivalence will rarely work for more than a verse or two before it must be abandoned. We might talk about a version being “more formal” or “less formal” than another, but never purely formal.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Copper Scroll

A description of the fascinating Scrolls written on copper and kept in Amman, Jordan.
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Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls: Six Fascinating Facts

Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls: Six Fascinating Facts | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

Until now, your chances of poring over the Dead Sea Scrolls—ancient documents so brittle that direct light would damage them—were on the slim side.  The next step of the project will involve digitizing more of the vast collection, which was discovered outside Jerusalem more than 50 years ago and includes the oldest known biblical manuscripts. Before you start browsing, read up on the scrolls and their deep religious and historical significance below.

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The writing on the wall, tablet and floor

The writing on the wall, tablet and floor | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
An ambitious international project led by two adventurous Israeli classicists aims to analyze and catalog every ancient inscription that has been made in Israel.

 

Their meticulous work includes crawling through caves and cellars and Indiana Jones-style adventures.

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