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Mesopotamia Ruins at Risk From Iraqi Residents

Mesopotamia Ruins at Risk From Iraqi Residents | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Thousands of Iraqis have taken up residence among the poorly guarded ruins of Mesopotamia in illegally built homes, shops, greenhouses and garages, and they do not want to leave.

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The Law, the Prophets and the Writings, Part 1: The Book of Origins

The Law, the Prophets and the Writings, Part 1: The Book of Origins | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
It’s said that if you don’t know where you have come from, you can’t know where you’re going. Deceptively simple, profoundly true.

 

The book of Genesis contains much about the origins of the planet we inhabit, of humankind and human society. Yet it has been relegated by most to the realm of myth in the sense of being fanciful or not true. While some would say that myths amount to little in a world largely given over to scientific truths, others emphasize that they teach us important truths with a basis in ancient belief.

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Off the Beaten Track: Mount Tavor

Off the Beaten Track: Mount Tavor | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
For the past two weeks I have crisscrossed the country, from Eilat to the Hermon with three American tourists in their sixties who love to hike the Land of Israel.
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Bible History: The Birth of the King James Bible

Bible History: The Birth of the King James Bible | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
The decision to create the KJV translation was ultimately made in response to the religious turmoil that surrounded James I in his kingdom—turmoil that could ultimately have affected his position on the throne.
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1,800-YEAR-OLD BATHING POOL DISCOVERED BENEATH A RITUAL BATH IN JERUSALEM | Biblical Archeology

1,800-YEAR-OLD BATHING POOL DISCOVERED BENEATH A RITUAL BATH IN JERUSALEM | Biblical Archeology | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it

NEW YORK, NY – An 1,800-year-old bathing pool that was probably part of a bathhouse used by the Tenth Legion – the Roman soldiers who destroyed the Temple – has been exposed in excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in Jerusalem.


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Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature

Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature

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One of the daunting challenges facing the New Testament interpreter is achieving familiarity with the immense corpus of related literatures. Scholars and students alike must have a fundamental understanding of the content, provenance, and utility for New Testament interpretation of a wide range of pagan, Jewish, and diversely Christian documents. Now in paperback, this thoroughly revised and significantly expanded edition of Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation examines a vast range of ancient literature, masterfully distilling details of date, language, text, and translation into an eminently usable handbook. Craig Evans evaluates the materials' relevance for interpreting the New Testament and provides essential biographies.

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The gospel according to Jewish scholars - Jerusalem Post

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The gospel according to Jewish scholarsJerusalem PostBrettler says he consulted many colleagues – especially Brandeis professor Bernadette Brooten, a scholar of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism – before “eagerly jump[ing] into the...

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Rewriting the History of the Church

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It’s said that history is written by the winners. As far as Christianity’s story is concerned, the “winners” were not the earliest followers of Jesus but those who created the Christian religious establishment in succeeding centuries. In recent years, archaeological and textual discoveries have challenged some long-held ecclesiastical traditions. As a result, Bible scholars are unearthing significant aspects of the original faith of the first Christian church. What we need now is to recognize that traditional church history deserves a rewrite.
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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 Dead Sea Scrolls - Psalms

Currently, the Israel Antiquities Authority is collaborating with international experts to reevaluate the conservation techniques under use, and to decide upon courses of action for still unresolved issues. The IAA is now engaged in an advanced, large-scale digitization project, which was initiated as part of the conservation efforts. This project "The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library" also generously sponsored by "Arcadia Fund" includes the monitoring of the scrolls and the creation of highest-quality color images and advanced near infra-red images. As the publication of the scrolls is formally completed, the IAA will upload the digitized scroll images online, with their transcriptions, translations, commentaries and bibliography, allowing a free access to all.
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Greek antiquities reburied for lack of funds: report

Greek antiquities reburied for lack of funds: report | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Greece has been forced to make major spending cuts in return for loans from the EU and the IMF to address its worst debt crisis in decades.

 

The cutbacks have been followed by two major raids on Greek museums

 

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Is the Bible Relevant to the Modern World?

Any detailed study of Christianity shows that most of its major doctrines have no relationship to and are often in stark contradiction to the biblical instruction.
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Is the Bible Trustworthy?

The writings of other religions and philosophies are often very valuable. They encapsulate the wisdom and experience of the best people this world has seen. But they do not represent the mind of God, our loving Father and Creator. The Bible claims for itself that distinction—it is “given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). The original Greek says “it is breathed out by God.”
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Digging for Faith

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With their faith on shaky ground, many nominal Christians and Jews are looking to archaeology to dig them out of their doubts.

 

As if recreating civilizations from debris (and limited debris at that) isn't hard enough, biblical archaeology has created its own set of problems.

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The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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This commentary on Matthew offers a unique interpretive approach that focuses on the socio-historical context of the Gospel and the nature of Matthew’s exhortation to his first-century Christian audience. / By merging a careful study of Matthew’s Gospel in relation to the social context of the ancient Mediterranean world with a detailed look at what we know of first-century Jewish-Christian relations, Craig Keener uncovers significant insights into the Gospel not found in any other Matthew commentary.

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Discover the Dead Sea Scrolls in NYC - Patch.com

Discover the Dead Sea Scrolls in NYC - Patch.com | Biblical Studies | Scoop.it
Discover the Dead Sea Scrolls in NYCPatch.comThat's exactly what you'll find with the exhibition Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times, which runs through April 15 at Manhattan's Discovery Times Square at 226 West 44th St.

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How Many Gospels Are There?

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How can we be certain that the Gospel accounts contained in the New Testament are both authentic and authoritative?

 

Has material been suppressed? How can we be certain that the Gospel accounts contained in the New Testament are both authentic and authoritative, and that omission of these additional accounts was no mistake—deliberate or otherwise?

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