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Euphrates River drying up: Fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy?

'A drought against its waters, that they be dried up!'

Euphrates River (Pixabay)


Has Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah Been Found?

In biblical times carved stone seals, typically about the size of a fingernail, were used to stamp small lumps of clay or wax to denote authorship, authenticity or ownership of documents and other objects.  The resulting clay impression is called a bulla  (plural bullae). Such seals are mentioned often in the Bible. A number have been found bearing the names of biblical figures, demonstrating the accuracy of Scripture.

A remarkable archaeological find in Jerusalem of a bulla was made public in February in the combined March-April-May-June 2018 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review under the stunning title “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?” The author, archaeologist Eilat Mazar, directed the excavation where the bulla was found south of the Temple Mount.   Read More


Bible Accuracy and Archaeology

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Tablet enhanced showing the tower and Nebuchadnezzar II (Screenshot from the Smithsonian Channel)

After thousands of years of scrutiny, the Bible has stood the divine test of time as historic, archaeological, philosophical and spiritual perfection.

There is no doubt about it. Every time the Bible makes an historic claim, archaeology proves the accuracy of the Bible. Here is yet another article on the amazing evidence that the Bible is the Word of God and can be trusted.

Why is the Bible different from all other books that have ever been written? Aside from the primary reason of eternal salvation in Christ or the amazing logic and wisdom of the Scriptures, no other book in history comes close to offering as much precise historic and archaeological data about human civilization. The Bible also provides the blueprint for the future of mankind. As a civilization, the Bible teaches us that the best way to know our future, is to obtain an accurate representation and understanding of our past.

To many skeptics, the Bible is often judged as an irrelevant book of myths used by the political and religious elite to mislead the ignorant. Yet over the years, when I've had the opportunity to encounter those who doubt Scripture, I have always discovered one thing... They should have investigated the Bible further.

“The first gulp from the glass of natural science will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”- Werner Heisenberg, Nobel Prize winner

For those who do in-depth research, they end up having a profound change of heart. For the more one researches the Scriptures and reflects on science and history, they will discover that the Bible is miraculously accurate. Unfortunately, for many critics, they never take the time and effort to reach the threshold where they discover the logic and evidence, they claimed to need.

Roman Occupation of Israel​

It is often claimed that there is little evidence that Christ existed because there is no account of Jesus in official Roman and Jewish records. In fact, this should be no surprise since Christ’s life and ministry occurred in an era when Israel was under Roman occupation. While many provinces accepted Roman conquest, the threat of a revolt in Israel was always near the surface throughout the first century era and especially true during Jewish holidays like Passover. Because of this, anyone who questioned Roman authority or the Jewish leaders they installed were obviously suppressed or put to death.

 

The Jewish religious and political leadership at the time of Christ were under the control of their Roman superiors and often motivated by their own status or financial gain as the Temple had turned into a religious marketplace. Several of the Jewish religious leaders in the Sanhedrin saw Jesus as a threat who exposed their greed and hunger for power. While there were members of the Sanhedrin (like Joseph of Arimathea) who supported the ministry of Jesus, Caiaphas (the Jewish high priest) plotted to have Jesus killed.

 

The Jewish revolts (also known as the Jewish-Roman wars) are another reason why the Romans would have censored the life of Christ. These revolts eventually led to the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD. So the last thing the Jewish and Roman leadership wanted to do was to legitimize the leader of a local Jewish religious sect by documenting His existence.

 

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Hebrew University scholar: Names can vouch for Bible's historicity

By WND News Services 

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One of the worst and most embarrassing things a journalist can do is misspell a person’s name. Those who passed down and wrote down the oral traditions that became the Bible seem to have had a similar attentiveness to names.

That’s the theory of Mitka R. Golub of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the Summer 2020 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Golub argues that biblical editors were less likely to alter personal names than events with theological importance.

And that makes personal names a good area to look at when determining the historical accuracy of the Bible.

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Scientists strive to save dying spoken language of Jesus

image from ts2.mm.bing.netScientists from England are trying to preserve the language spoken by Jesus and tied to Hebrew and Arabic. The language is called Aramaic. Aramaic is one of the Semitic languages, an important group of languages known almost from the beginning of human history and including also Arabic, Hebrew, Ethiopic, and Akkadian (ancient Babylonian and Assyrian). It is particularly closely related to Hebrew and was written in a variety of alphabetic scripts. (What is usually called "Hebrew" script is actually an Aramaic script.)


0ur first glimpse of Aramaic comes from a small number of ancient royal inscriptions from almost three thousand years ago (900-700 B.C.E.). Dedications to the gods, international treaties, and memorial stelae reveal to us the history of the first small Aramean kingdoms, in the territories of modern Syria and Southeast Turkey, living under the shadow of the rising Assyrian empire.

­Professor of linguistics at the University of Cambridge, Geoffrey Khan, has begun a quest to record the ancient language that’s been around for three thousand years before it finally disappears.

 

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The Three Royal Lines of King David - One leads to Jesus - The Other to Britain

Many do not know their Bible and real history.  David's decedents are actually with us today! First and foremost, from the line of David is Jesus. He of course is in Heaven awaiting His own return. Then there are the other decedents of Mary, and also Joseph, and yet a third line is also prominent today; they are the royalty of Europe, and especially the British Monarch. Here is a handwritten graph that simply shows everything you need to know about the Monarchy and Christ. Yes, God is keeping an heir on David's throne, until Christ comes to take it!

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Nimrod, the Biblical Hunter

Shaul Wolf was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He studied in Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon in Los Angeles and received his rabbinical ordination from the Central Chabad Yeshivah in Brooklyn, N.Y. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he studies and responds to questions for Ask the Rabbi @ Chabad.org.

Nimrod, the Biblical Hunter

“Ruthless killer.” “Merciless ruler.” “Chief idolator.” These are just some of the names that I’ve come to be known by. And that’s okay; I’ve gotten used to them. I’ll even admit that I kind of deserve them. Some of those titles, anyway.

Before you go calling me names, though, it’s only fair that you familiarize yourself with all the details . . .

Young Nimrod

I was born into a strange time, a kind of post-Flood era.1 Grandpa Ham had survived on the ark, and together with his family went about repopulating the world. The scene was fresh then, and people were ripe for all kinds of new ideas. I think I sensed this as a kid, and it laid the seeds for some interesting innovations that I brought about later on.

Being the youngest child, I received preferential treatment from my father, Cush. If you’ve read the opening chapters of Genesis, you are probably familiar with the special cloaks that G‑d had made for Adam and Eve. Well, they had somehow survived the Flood, had been stolen from Great-Grandpa Noah by Grandpa Ham, and had been given to Poppa Cush. Since I was his favorite, he entrusted them to me.2

One thing is for sure: They helped out with my popularity rates. Animals had this strange reaction to these garments: upon sight of them, they would fall helpless at my feet. As you can imagine, hunting competitions weren’t much of a challenge for me, and before I knew it I had attracted quite a sizeable following of fans and devotees.3

The Torah focuses on my hunting prowess in its depiction of me: “He was a mighty trapper before the L‑rd; therefore it is said, ‘Like Nimrod, a mighty trapper before the L‑rd.’”4

What’s with “before the L‑rd”? It’s kind of like saying “in the whole wide world” in Bible talk.5Nowadays, historians would write, “He was the mightiest hunter of his times,” which, mind you, is a description I’m not exactly ashamed of. (There are some other interpretations of “before the L‑rd”; we’ll get to them later.)

I know you’ve all heard rotten things about me, but, ironically, I started out as a devoutly religious person.6 Truth is, pretty much everyone back then was religious.7 The Flood was still fresh in people’s minds—I was born only 95 years after it ended—and no one was exactly looking for a repeat.

My cloak came in handy for religious purposes, too. I’d go out, hunt animals, and offer them as sacrifices to G‑d. Remember that I was called a “trapper before the L‑rd”? Some commentators understand this to be referring to my religious days, back when I was still on the straight and narrow.8

Power and Religion

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America Never Existed

America

Man's Last Hope-until Christ Returns

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 The Plain Truth is featuring this piece because it creates a scary scenario in which America is reduced to nothing as if we hadn't even existed. Clearly, what matters most is what the God of the Bible says about America and Bob Barney writes an excellent piece on the prophesy of America. (See Below) 

The reality is that America is man's last hope before Christ returns as this once blessed great country is at the precipice of some mighty changes. We need to know our God more than ever and to learn His truths. 

"We are supposed to train ourselves and others in seeing things as they are . . ."
— Leo Strauss

It is possible (not certain, but possible) that within the next 20 years or so, the United States will no longer exist. 

That would be a great setback for human liberty. The end of the American republic would most likely mean the end of self-government all over the globe—the beginning of a new dark age. The United States, even now, is the world’s greatest example of constitutional democracy, and if the cause of freedom fails here, it probably will not survive anywhere. More than that, however, the end of liberty on these shores would most likely mean the end of any memory of America. 

The United States would not simply cease to exist; it would never have existed at all. 

What I mean by that is not only the Orwellian idea of rewriting history. That theme has become almost a cliché nowadays. Certainly, propaganda such as the “1619 Project” and the daily efforts by the establishment media to shape the narrative, are essential to the woke oligarchy’s power. “Who controls the past controls the future,” Orwell observed, “who controls the present controls the past.” What I want to explore, however, is something less obvious and more insidious. 

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Here are some outstanding commentaries from Bob Barney

The Plain Truth: America in Biblical Prophecy

The Plain Truth: The Number “13” and the United States! We are lost Israel!

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A Modern Day Jonah

ANIMAL KINGDOM

'I could feel the squeezing': Man swallowed by whale reveals what it's like inside the beast

'There's no way I'm getting out of here. I'm done, I'm dead'

Michael Packard (Courtesy Packard Family)

We often are told by the "experts" that the story of Jonah could not be true. Now the Bible never says he was swallowed by a whale as it is actually translated as a big fish, but we see that even today, such stories are possible.  Unlike this man, Jonah was in the whale for three days and three nights and one must always realize that God can make anything happen.... Just a small 'TAIL' from The Plain Truth!

By WND News Services

The ocean food chain was in full evidence, but about 10 feet from the bottom Packard suddenly knew what it truly felt like to be part of that chain.

In something truly biblical, Packard was swallowed whole by a humpback whale.

“All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard recalled Friday afternoon following his release from Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

(CAPE COD TIMES) -- PROVINCETOWN — At a little before 8 a.m. Friday, veteran lobster diver Michael Packard entered the water for his second dive of the day.

His vessel, the “Ja’n J,” was off Herring Cove Beach and surrounded by a fleet of boats catching striped bass. The water temperature was a balmy 60 degrees and the visibility about 20 feet.

Licensed commercial lobster divers literally pluck lobsters off the sandy bottom, and as Packard, 56, dove down Friday morning, he saw schools of sand lances and stripers swimming by.

'This is how you die': One year later, Michael Packard recalls escape from whale's mouth...

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Archaeological dig at possible site of Joshua's tomb now underway

'Perhaps this is evidence of a violent struggle'

(Photo by Joe Kovacs)

(Photo by Joe Kovacs)

(ALL ISRAEL) -- A dig has begun at the site in northern Samaria believed to be the burial place of Joshua.

Working under the direction of Dr. Dvir Raviv, students from the Bar-Ilan University Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology and volunteers from Israel and abroad have begun digging at Khirbet Tibnah, located on a hill in the southwest area of Samaria, east of Shoham near Halamish.

This region was populated from as early as the Bronze Age up until the start of the Ottoman era – about 4,000 years. It is believed that Joshua – the biblical Israelite leader and successor of Moses – lived and was buried at this site.

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The Plain Truth: Why there is still a Monarch in Britain. It was a promise God made to David!

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Many of us were home watching the 70th anniversary of the Queen of England becoming the Monarch. You might have noticed the pomp and circumstance surrounding The Platinum Jubilee celebration and wondered what it is all for?  The world is totally unaware of the real reason why this is big news.  This milestone is actually news straight from the Bible and the fulfillment of God’s promises!

When Queen Elizabeth II became queen in 1953, she was crowned and seated on a very old throne. Beneath her royal bottom sits a stone known as the Stone of Destiny. It is fascinating to know that King Edward captured this ancient block of sandstone from the people of Scotland in 1296. He then commanded that a special coronation chair be built to enclose the stone. To understand the journey of this stone even before Edward is important to its significance. In Scotland around 840 AD, the 36th King of Dalriada named Kenneth I united the Scots and Pictish kingdoms and moved his capital to Scone, from western Scotland. The Stone of Destiny was moved there, too. All future Scottish kings would henceforth be enthroned on the Stone of Destiny atop Moot Hill at Scone Palace in Perthshire.

Unfortunately, even the British population today do not know about significance of the coronation chair and the Stone of Destiny. The Plain Truth is that our Almighty God is behind this chair and behind the monarchy in England. You see, this stone dates to biblical times and it is the same stone which Jacob used as a pillow at Bethel when he had dreams of a stairway to heaven! Later, it became the pedestal of the ark in the Temple. The stone was brought from Syria to Egypt by King Gathelus who then fled to Spain following the defeat of the Egyptian army. A descendant of Gathelus brought the stone to Ireland and was crowned on it as the King of Ireland; from Ireland, the stone moved with the invading Scots to Argyll in Scotland.

Why is this stone important to us today? God made a promise to King David that He would always have an heir on the Throne of Israel! King Saul, then David, followed by Solomon and every monarch of Israel after was crowned over this holy rock because of this very promise!

 

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Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor: Europe's Amazing Rise Foretold in Bible Prophecy

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Bible prophecy clearly shows that Jesus Christ will return to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth; it will be a literal world-ruling kingdom. This hope is so fundamental that Jesus instructed Christians to regularly pray, “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2). Prophecies throughout the Bible give many details about Christ’s return and conditions in the world leading up to that event.

The rise of this final world superpower is foretold primarily in the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. We will begin with what God revealed to the prophet Daniel in Old Testament times.

After years of decline, the Roman Empire indeed received a “deadly wound” in A.D. 476 when Rome’s Emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by Germanic tribes led by Odoacer. But that was not the end of the Roman Empire. As we will see, that “wound” was indeed healed, and the empire would rise again—and again and again through history.

 

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Israeli Archeologists Uncover 2,100-Year-Old Farmstead 'Frozen in Time' in Galilee

(CHRISTIAN HEADLINES) – Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,100-year-old farmstead while conducting excavations in the Galilee region.

According to CBN News, the farm dates back to the Hellenistic Hasmonean period before Jesus Christ was born. The Hasmonean Dynasty, a Jewish dynasty, ruled over ancient Judea from 142 to 63 BC.

“We were very lucky to discover a time-capsule, frozen in time, in which the finds remained where they were left by the occupants of the site, and it seems that they left in haste in [the] face of an impending danger, possibly the threat of a military attack,” excavation director Dr. Amani Abu-Hamid said. Abu-Hamid is running the excavation on behalf of the Israeli Antiquities Authority.

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Alabaster for Herod the Great's lavish bathtubs traced to Israel quarry

Ayala Amir in Israel’s Te’omim Cave beside the wall of the quarry. Signs of quarrying-scars and cessation of quarrying are visible on the quarry’s walls and floor (Prof. Boaz Zissu, Bar-Ilan University)

(TIMES OF ISRAEL) -- Herod the Great was a builder known for his colossal projects and discriminating taste. And while he filled his palaces two thousand years ago with only the finest the ancient world could offer, he was also a pragmatic man, as shown in a new study published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports.

In the past several decades, a pair of luxurious alabaster bathtubs were excavated from Herodian palaces in Israel — the Kypros fortress near Jericho and the palace of Herodium, south of Jerusalem. Weighing in at an estimated 1.5 metric tons each, the tubs were until now thought to have originated in Egypt, widely considered the finest source for calcite-alabaster in the ancient world.

However, research led by PhD student Ayala Amir for her master’s thesis shows that Herod had a quarry fit for a king within his own kingdom — at Israel’s Te’omim cave.

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Pagan goddess statue dating back 4,500 years found in Gaza, says Hamas

 
A stone statuette more than 4,500 years old depicting the face of an ancient goddess discovered in the southern Gaza Strip, April 25, 2022. (Courtesy photo)

A stone statuette more than 4,500 years old depicting the face of an ancient goddess discovered in the southern Gaza Strip, April 25, 2022. (Courtesy photo)

(TIMES OF ISRAEL) -- A stone statuette over 4,500 years old depicting the face of an ancient goddess was discovered in the southern Gaza Strip, officials in Hamas announced Monday.

Carved out of limestone and 22 centimeters (8.6 inches) long, the 2500 BCE statuette was found by a farmer working his land in Khan Younis, according to the ministry of tourism and antiquities for Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza.

“The statue represents the Canaanite goddess Anat,” Jamal Abu Reda, in charge of antiquities at the ministry, said in a statement.

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The scientific meltdown over a controversial discovery of 'biblical Sodom'

People participate in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project at Tall el-Hammam, an ancient settlement near the Dead Sea, in western Jordan. The Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project is a joint venture by Trinity Southwest University and Veritas International University.(Photo: tallelhammam.com)

FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY: 

(RNS) — What everyone agrees on is that something unusual happened at Tall el-Hammam, an ancient settlement near the Dead Sea.

In a layer of ancient earth, archaeologists claim to have found evidence of an apocalyptic event: Melted rooftops. Disintegrated pottery. Unusual patterns in the rock formations that can be associated with intense heat. For another three to six centuries after 1650 B.C., the settlement's 100 acres lay fallow.

But when Steven Collins, the principal archaeologist at Tall el-Hammam, considered the scientists' evidence in an article that ran last year in the respected scientific journal Nature, he claimed that the incineration matched with the place and timing of the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah. This brought down on himself what in academic circles might be called hellfire.

That story of Sodom and its sister city Gomorrah is one of the Bible's best-known stories. Abraham bargains with God to spare Sodom — even then synonymous with sin — to save its few righteous residents. The Lord was having none of it. "Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah," the Book of Genesis says. Abraham looks back and sees "dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace."

On the face of it, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to see possible connections between Tell el-Hammam. But in a real sense you do.

Led by Collins, dean of the College of Archaeology at Trinity Southwest University, 21 experts from 19 research institutions weighed in on Tall el-Hammam's remains, concluding that the nature of the destruction suggested a massive airburst or comet.

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Archaeologists identify 'lost' Jerusalem street built by Pontius Pilate

The ancient street built by Pontius Pilate ends near these pilgrim stairs at the southern end of the western wall.
The ancient street built by Pontius Pilate ends near these pilgrim stairs at the southern end of the western wall.
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Archaeologists have identified a grand street in Jerusalem that was built by Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judea who is famous for overseeing the trial and crucifixion of Jesus

The nearly 2,000-foot-long (600 meters) street would have connected the Siloam Pool — a place where pilgrims could stop to bathe and get fresh water — to the Temple Mount, the most holy place in Judaism. The street was likely used by ancient pilgrims on their way to worship at the Mount, the researchers said. 

Archaeological evidence for Pontius Pilate is limited and the discovery sheds a bit of light on what the prefect was like, researchers wrote in a paper recently published in the journal "Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University." The fact that Pilate built a street that would have helped people reach the Temple Mount suggests that he may not have been as self-serving and religiously insensitive as ancient writers claim, the researchers said.    Read More


Jerusalem Post, The Major newspaper in Israel probes 'dilemma' on crucifixion of Jesus and Joe Kovacs Book on the subject

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The Place of the Skull, also called Golgotha and Calvary, in Jerusalem, Israel (Wikimedia Commons)

The Place of the Skull, also called Golgotha and Calvary, in Jerusalem, Israel (Wikimedia Commons)

An apparent biblical "dilemma" regarding the precise location where Jesus was crucified has caught the attention of a major newspaper in Israel.

As WND reported last week, it's no secret that Jesus was put to death in Jerusalem, according to the New Testament gospels. But some often wonder about a cryptic statement in the book of Revelation indicating He was crucified in "Sodom and Egypt," two other locations, neither of which is Jerusalem.

Now, Jerusalem Post reporter Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, a journalist based in the general environs of the actual event, is digging into the issue of the crucifixion.

"The verses in Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:21-38, Luke 23:26-49 and John 19:16-37describe Jesus as being brought to the 'Place of a Skull,'" Berkowitz reports.

Most scholars accept these verses at face value and believe that Jesus was crucified at a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls called Golgotha that was accessible to passers-by and observable from some distance away."

His report in the Jerusalem Post continues:

Eusebius of Caesarea, a fourth-century Greek historian of Christianity, identified its location only as being north of Mount Zion.

The name Golgotha is derived from Goolgolet, the Hebrew word for skull. Similarly, in Aramaic Golgotha means "place of the skull." The Latin word for skull is calvaria, and in English, many Christians refer to the site of the crucifixion as Calvary.

This is supposedly a reference to either the skull-like appearance of the rock face and/or the presence of bones at the site.

The Gospel of John states there was a garden at Golgotha and an unused tomb owned by a prominent rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, into which Jesus’ body was placed. This tomb is believed by some to be a site known today as the Garden Tomb.

 

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Archeologists identified text on millennia-old artifact as YHWH

Once Again, God's WORD Rings True!
 
 

A report from the Times of Israel says that archaeologists and researchers have found the earliest "proto-alphabetic Hebrew text," including the "YHWH" reference to God, ever discovered.

The report says the small fragment apparently dates to about the Late Bronze Age, maybe 1200 B.C, and if it is verified the 2 centimeter by 2 centimeter "curse tablet" may also be one of the great archaeological finds ever.

"It would be the first attested use of the name of God in the Land of Israel and would set the clock back on proven Israelite literacy by several centuries," the report explained, "showing that the Israelites were literate when they entered the Holy Land, and therefore could have written the Bible as some of the events it documents took place."

The announcement was made by archeologist Scott Stripling and several international scholars this week in Houston, the report said.

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Where was Jesus crucified? New book tries to solve the mystery

“Scripture does have to agree with itself but it uses different words to describe where Jesus was crucified."

Golgotha (photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)
Golgotha
(photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)
Where was Jesus crucified?
 

Joe Kovacs has tackled this question in his new book, "Reaching God Speed: Unlocking the Secret Broadcast Revealing the Mystery of Everything." 

 


Kovacs begins by noting what many people believe is the entire story. 

 
 
 
 

The New Testament describes the crucifixion of Jesus as taking place in Jerusalem. 

 

The verses in Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:21-38 Luke 23:26-49 and John 19:16-37 describe Jesus as being brought to the "Place of a Skull.”

 

Most scholars accept these verses at face value and believe that Jesus was crucified at a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls called Golgotha that was accessible to passers-by and observable from some distance away.

 

Eusebius of Caesarea, a fourth-century Greek historian of Christianity, identified its location only as being north of Mount Zion.

 

The name Golgotha is derived from Goolgolet, the Hebrew word for skull. Similarly, in Aramaic Golgotha means “place of the skull.” The Latin word for skull is calvaria, and in English, many Christians refer to the site of the crucifixion as Calvary. 

 
 
 

This is supposedly a reference to either the skull-like appearance of the rock face and/or the presence of bones at the site. 

 

The Gospel of John states there was a garden at Golgotha and an unused tomb owned by a prominent rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, into which Jesus’ body was placed. This tomb is believed by some to be a site known today as the Garden Tomb. 

 

As Jesus had relatively few disciples at the time of his crucifixion, no church or landmark was raised at the site until the fourth century when Constantine ordered the construction of a basilica at the site he believed was Golgotha. This later became known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 

 

The authenticity of this site was questioned as it stands inside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. Archaeologists have uncovered remains of other walls that may have existed at the time of Jesus that would put the basilica outside the city walls. 

 

As a result, there is some dispute over the precise location of events.

 

Though the consensus is that the crucifixion and subsequent burial and resurrection all took place in and around Jerusalem, another dilemma appears suddenly in the book of Revelations:

 

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (KJV 11:8).

 

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Just who or what are the Nephilim?

By WND Staff

Mysterious 'giants' of Bible get probed in new TV series

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"There were giants in the earth in those days." (Genesis 6:4)

It's one of the most perplexing and disturbing passages in the Bible.

Giants. They were also called Nephilim. They were referred to as "mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Sometimes they were called "the sons of Anak." They were called "Anakims," "Emims," "Zamzummims" and Rephaims." And people were like "grasshoppers" in their sight.

A new docu-series examination of these beings will present a rare, well-researched and sobering look at this biblical mystery.

Produced by The Inspiration Networks, a faith-based family entertainment network, "Angels & Giants, The Watchers & Nephilim" includes four hour-long episodes featuring a serious investigation into the subject, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The minds behind the project are Rudy Landa, a senior producer and director at The Inspiration Networks and company CEO David Cerullo.

Their love for all things biblical was the catalyst for their decision to commence making the film in 2019.

"The Bible describes the Nephilim in several places," Landa said. "The main commentary of the Nephilim happens in Genesis chapter six. Most people cruise right over that passage. The Nephilim were the offspring of heavenly beings who were placed in the spiritual realm to watch over the earth in those days. They were principalities in the heavenly realm."

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In Genesis chapter 6, before the flood of Noah, Scripture mentions the "sons of Elohim" marrying the daughters of men, with their offspring called Nephilim, which the King James Version translates as "giants."

"The docu-series brings the biblical sources, but it should be interesting for non-religious viewers," Landa said. "We seek out actual proof, the traces and clues that are out there in the world, and not just the faith-based claims. Because there is so much archaeological evidence that needs to be explored."

Landa did not wish to take a sensational treatment to a sensational subject, so he brought in guidance from author Douglas Van Dorn, who had just written a book on the topic.

"We present the evidence and we invite people to research to reach their own conclusions," Landa said. "We aren't dogmatic and don't hide anything. We bring the sources and encourage the viewer to ask questions, to continue to study and do their own research."

The journey spans the globe, examining locations in the United States, Egypt, and Peru, and most importantly, the Golan Heights in Israel.

"It makes sense to start in Israel where the story of the Nephilim began," Landa stressed. "And that is the Golan."

The apocryphal Book of Enoch is said to describe the Nephilim, and suggests the name of Mount Hermon comes from the Hebrew "charm," meaning "to be banished." It noted the Nephilim, which is often translated as "fallen ones," were kicked out of heaven and sent to earth two dwell at Mount Hermon. It's in that region of Bashan where the ancient Israelites were challenged by the infamous king Og as they were entering the Promised Land.

The Post reports: "Landa's search for the truth also brought him to Gilgal Refaim (Wheel of the Giants), an enigmatic rock formation in the Golan. From the ground, it appears as random piles of rocks. But from above it is quite impressive, revealing itself to be five concentric rings with the outer ring measuring more than 500 feet wide. At its center is a mound of loose stones over 65 feet in diameter and over 16 feet tall, covering a central chamber carved into solid rock. Archaeologists generally place the beginning of the construction as early as 3500 BCE. The purpose of Gilgal Refaim is still a mystery and the focus of scholarly debate."

"There are theories that claim that Og was buried at Gilgal Refaim," Landa said.

The film examines the possibility of the structure's center being used as an excarnation chamber where the body could decompose. The bones would later be removed and ultimately buried in a large "serpentine structure of loose stones adjacent to stone rings."

"This dual arrangement, circles of stones near a serpentine mound, appears in several places around the world where it was known to be used as a necropolis for this form of burial," Landa explained.