Current Events Articles: February 2010

Has Paul's Shipwreck Been Found? posted by Gordon Franz MA

Robert Cornuke appeared on the 700 Club on Friday February 26, 2010, in part, to promote his claims pertaining to the shipwreck of Paul on the island of Malta. This thesis has been thoroughly evaluated by ABR Staff member Gordon Franz, and shown to be untenable. A review of Mr. Cornuke's latest public comments can be found here:

"Searching For Paul's Shipwreck on Malta": A Critique of the 700 Club's February 26, 2010 Program

Read Gordon's previous in depth critique here:

Does "The Lost Shipwreck of Paul" Hold Water?

Key Document on Ownership of Codex Sinaiticus Discovered posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The British Library’s case for ownership of the disputed Codex Sinaiticus has been strengthened by the discovery of a key document in the archives of the Russian foreign ministry. It is an agreement signed by the Archbishop of Sinai and a Tsarist official in 1869, transferring ownership of the earliest known text of the Bible, dating from around 350AD.

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Key-document-on-Codex-Sinaiticus-discovered/20216

Jerusalem Wall Dated to Time of Solomon posted by Rick Lanser MDiv

Israeli archaeologist Eliat Mazar said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era. Others dispute her dates. Hopefully, a solid answer will be revealed in time.

Read this commentary from Chuck Colson: http://www.breakpoint.org/commentaries/14721-record-of-reality

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20100222/ML.Israel.Ancient.Wall/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100222094757.htm

http://www.huji.ac.il/cgi-bin/dovrut/dovrut_search_eng.pl?mesge126691593732688760

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Israel+beyond+politics/Jerusalem_wall_10th_century_BCE_22-Feb-2010.htm

Shroud of Turin on Display in 2010 posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

More than two million of the faithful, undecided or merely curious are expected to converge on Turin Cathedral, when the most famous religious relic in the world goes on display for only the sixth time in 100 years.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turin-shroud-expected-to-attract-two-million-visitors-1904039.html

Christian Archaeologist and Scholar Donald J. Wiseman Dies at 91 posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Professor Donald Wiseman, who died on February 2 at the age of 91, was an archaeologist and Assyriologist whose profound evangelical Christian convictions led him to study the connections between archaeological discoveries and the Old Testament. His experience and knowledge marked Donald as a major contributor to, and Editor of, the New Bible Dictionary (1962, 1982, 1996) and The Illustrated Bible Dictionary (1980). For many years he was Editor for Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries and gave his skills to a variety of other Christian publications. Deeply involved in Tyndale House, Wiseman opposed widely taught liberal views about Scripture.

His vision was well expressed by John Stott in 1992, 'We shall never capture the church for the truth of the gospel unless and until we can re-establish biblical scholarship, hold (and not lose) the best theological minds in every generation, and overthrow the enemies of the gospel by confronting them at their own level of scholarship' (Quoted by Tom Noble, Tyndale House and Fellowship, 239).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/religion-obituaries/7252002/Professor-Donald-Wiseman.html

Increased Excavations at Ur Expected in Future posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Baghdad's struggling government has had greater priorities than funding large-scale digs at Ur - the birth place of Abraham and one of the cradles of civilisation - where only small teams have been working since 2005. In time, it is hoped that will change...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatnews/7270478/Unearthing-the-splendour-of-Ur-in-Iraq.html

DNA Tests on King Tut Reveal Malaria and Bone Disorder posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

King Tut may be seen as the golden boy of ancient Egypt today, but during his reign, Tutankhamun wasn't exactly a strapping sun god. Instead, a new DNA study says, King Tut was a frail pharaoh, beset by malaria and a bone disorder—his health possibly compromised by his newly discovered incestuous origins.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100216-king-tut-malaria-bones-inbred-tutankhamun/

Madaba Map Depiction Confirmed in Recent Discovery posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Archaeological excavation in the heart of the Old City confirms the description on the Madaba Map and reveals Jerusalem's main road from the Byzantine period for the first time.

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Israel+beyond+politics/Main-road-from-the-Byzantine-period-exposed-10-Feb-2010.htm?DisplayMode=print%3e:

Renovating King David's Tomb posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

King David's Tomb complex and Last Supper Room on Mount Zion are important religious, historical sites, which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Despite this, site was neglected for many years, but has recently been restored.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3830412,00.html

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