Current Events Articles: September 2009

New Book Debunks Human-Chimp Similarity posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

In Not a Chimp: The hunt to find the genes that make us human, which was reviewed in New Scientist magazine, evolutionist Jeremy Taylor investigated not only the genetic distinctions between humans and apes, but also the behavioral, neurological, and other scientific findings that together led him to conclude that a view that “chimps are practically human” based on their “98.4%” genetic similarity is “nonsense.”

http://www.icr.org/article/4962/

Pilgrim Road to the Temple Uncovered in Jerusalem posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The Israel Antiquities Authority researchers have re-exposed a stretch of road in Jerusalem dating to the Second Temple period that is believed to have been used by pilgrims on their ascent to the Temple. Existence of the 40-meter segment of road, cleared over the past few months to open it to visitors, has been known of for more than a century.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=1114352

Stone Vessel with Unique Inscription Found on Mount Zion posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

It didn't look like much at first, just a broken, mud-caked stone mug. But when archaeologists in Jerusalem cleaned the 2,000-year-old vessel, they discovered ten lines of mysterious script. "These were common stone mugs that appear in all Jewish households" of the time, said lead excavator Shimon Gibson of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "But this is the first time an inscription has been found on a stone vessel" of this type.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/09/090909-code-biblical-cup.html

The Latest on the James Ossuary Trial posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Many of the world's top archaeological experts have testified as both prosecution and defense witnesses in proceedings that already run to more than 9,000 pages. And while the original charges against the ossuary appear to have been popularly accepted as conventional wisdom, they seem to be headed for trouble in the courtroom where the fine reading of law comes into play.

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1920720,00.html

New Fragment of Codex Sinaiticus Discovered posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A British-based academic has uncovered a fragment of the world's oldest Bible hiding underneath the binding of an 18th-century book. Nikolas Sarris spotted a previously unseen section of the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from about AD350, as he was trawling through photographs of manuscripts in the library of St Catherine's Monastery in Egypt.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/fragment-from-worlds-oldest-bible-found-hidden-in-egyptian-monastery-1780274.html

Massive Ancient Wall Found in Jerusalem posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A huge fortification more than 3,700 years old, which is ascribed to the Canaanites (Middle Bronze Age 2), was uncovered in archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting in the “Walls Around Jerusalem National Park” in the City of David.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/09/04/israel.wall.discovered/index.html

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