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  • Tiny 'beka' stone helps confirm, clarify Scripture

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (one month ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Archaeologists' discovery of a small weight from the period of Israel's monarchy helps confirm the Old Testament system of weights and the existence of Solomon's Temple, two Southern Baptist archaeologists say.

    A "beka," a stone weight equivalent to about one-fifth of an ounce, was discovered by archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority in dirt taken several years ago from under Jerusalem's Western Wall, the Times of Israel reported Nov. 21. Equivalent to the biblical half-shekel, the beka was placed on a scale and used to measure the amount of silver that Jews -- age 20 and older -- were required to pay when they entered King Solomon's Temple. In that era, according to The Times, there was no half-shekel coin. Read More

  • What happened to the Seven Churches of Revelation?

    by Madeline Arthington & Karrie Sparrow, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- Not long ago, I didn't know that the Seven Churches of Revelation were all located in modern-day Turkey.

    Then a coworker and I made a three-day trip to the region, flying into Izmir, Turkey, where we rented a car and drove to find the seven churches.

    In the end, we saw a lot of rocks.

    Don't get me wrong. They were beautiful rocks. But they were rocks, ruins of ancient ... Read More

  • Ancient biblical coins discovered

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    ISRAEL (BP) -- They're only 7 millimeters wide, but these coins appear to be a big find.

    The Temple Mount Sifting Project recently discovered five rare coins dating from the 4th century B.C. This doubles the number unearthed so far and provides some of the earliest evidence of Jewish coin minting in Israel.

    According to The Times of Israel, the coins come from around the period of time described in Ezra and Nehemiah. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Archaeology -- from the subtle to the sublime

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (one year ago)

    Gary Myers reflects on his experiences at an archaeological dig in Israel, recounting, "As I peel back layers of dirt to reveal the nuances of cultures and customs, my appreciation of the Bible grows exponentially." Read More

  • Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (one year ago)

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    HAIFA, Israel (BP) -- A message from one of the last two untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls may contain a clue to help Bible scholars reconstruct the chronology of Jesus' final week on earth.

    Researchers at the University of Haifa have pieced together and translated 42 encoded fragments of a scroll that explain the structure of a year according to the 364-day calendar employed by the first-century Jewish Qumran sect, which lived in the Judean desert and authored the scroll. Read More

  • Ancient DNA said to support Bible's Babel account

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (one year ago)

    TANANA, Alaska (BP) -- Ancient human genetic material harvested in Alaska has been cited by two creation researchers as corroborating evidence of Scripture's claim humans migrated en masse from the Tower of Babel.

    A study published Jan. 3 in the journal Nature claims DNA extracted from the remains of an infant girl buried in central Alaska suggests an ancient migration of people from East Asia, across a frozen land bridge, to North America.

    After scientists extracted the DNA, they dated it to approximately 11,500 years ago, according to common evolutionary dating methods, and discovered commonalties between the harvested genome and the DNA of modern Native Americans. Researchers also found the ancient infant girl had ancestors in East Asia some 35,000 years ago according to evolutionary dating methods. Read More

  • Location of Jesus' tomb revealed?

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (one year ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Scientific dating of ancient mortar in Jerusalem has added to what some scholars call mounting evidence the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was the site of Jesus' tomb.

    "Obviously our faith does not rest in external evidences," said Daniel Warner, associate professor of Old Testament and archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, noting the Bible alone is humans' infallible rule for faith and practice. But "it's nice and comforting to know that what we've been claiming since the [time] of Christ ... has always panned out." Read More

  • Archaeologists may have found apostle Peter's hometown

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (one year ago)

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    EL-ARAJ, Israel (BP) -- Archaeologists believe they may have solved a mystery: the location of Bethsaida, the biblical town that was home to the apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.

    In addition to its identification as the hometown of three apostles (John 1:44), Bethsaida is mentioned in Scripture as the site Jesus healed a blind man (Mark 8:22) and fed the 5,000 (Luke 9:10).

    Southern Baptist archaeologists, who were not involved in the project, said pinpointing Bethsaida may shed light on the biblical text, but archaeology should not be viewed as a catalyst for faith. Read More

  • Archaeologists' discovery supports Bible's Gezer account

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    TEL GEZER, Israel (BP) -- A discovery of ancient human remains by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary archaeologists has helped confirm Scripture's portrayal of the city of Gezer in southern Israel.

    The discovery, unearthed this summer by Southwestern's Tandy Institute of Archaeology, included remains of two adults and a child inside a building that appeared to have been violently destroyed by Egyptians in the 13th century B.C., according to media reports. Because the Egyptians in that period preferred to keep vanquished foes alive, "the heavy destruction suggests the Egyptian pharaoh ... Read More

  • Dead Sea Scrolls: New cave joins the saga

    by Art Toalston & Rob Collingsworth, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- A major discovery related to the Dead Sea Scrolls has been announced -- a cave where some of the ancient scrolls once were placed.

    Archaeologists previously had listed 11 caves where Dead Sea Scrolls texts had been found. Now there's a 12th cave, according to an excavation led by Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia -- though the cave had been looted during the mid-20th century and its scrolls taken. Read More