A copper finger ring, dating back around 2,000 years, with an incised Greek inscription saying "of Pilatus" has been unearthed in the West Bank. The discovery of the ring has led to speculation that it may have belonged to Pontius Pilatus (also called Pontius Pilate), the Roman prefect of Judea between A.D. 26 and 36 who, according to the Bible, ordered the crucifixion of Jesus. However, a team of researchers who analyzed the ring say that it likely belonged to someone else and not to the infamous Roman prefect. The ring was found in 1968-1969 during excavations conducted at Herodium, a palace built for King Herod (who lived from 74 to 4 B.C), which is located about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank. Herod was a king of Judea whose reign was supported by Rome. [Biblical Battles: 12 Ancient Battles Lifted from the Bible] At the time the ring was discovered, archaeologists couldn't tell that it had an inscription on it. It wasn't until they used a … [Read more...] about This Ring Bears the Name of the Man Who Condemned Jesus to Death. Who Really Wore It?
To celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, the Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia, has banned any Christmas carols that mention the name of Jesus. School administrators reportedly explained they had made the decision to “avoid singing anything of a direct sacred nature” in order to be “more sensitive to the increasing diverse population at the school.”David Allen, the father of a student at Robious Middle School, has expressed his concern over the exclusion of Jesus from Christmas songs to be performed at school Christmas concerts. Allen said students were forbidden from singing a particular carol “because the word Jesus was in there and apparently someone assumed it was of a sacred nature.” According to Allen, it seems as if “everywhere you look everyone’s afraid of stepping on someone’s toes or everything is being so sensitive.” In an email exchange with Allen, the school’s choir director said that the … [Read more...] about Virginia School Bans Christmas Carols Mentioning ‘Jesus’
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan recently remarked that, while the life of Islam’s Muhammad “is part of history,” there is no “mention” of Jesus in human history, the Times of Israel (TOI) reported on Friday. “There were prophets of Allah other [than Muhammad], but there is no mention of them in human history. There is negligible mention of them. Moses is mentioned, but there is no mention of Jesus in history,” Khan proclaimed, TOI revealed, citing a translation posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).“But the entire life of Muhammad, who was Allah’s last prophet, is part of history,” the Pakistan leader added. The Muslim premier’s comments came during an event marking Muhammad’s birthday on November 20, when Khan declared that Islamabad would spearhead an international campaign against the defamation of Islam and make using freedom of speech as a pretext to commit blasphemy a … [Read more...] about Pakistani PM: ‘There Is No Mention of Jesus in History’
Emma Maayan-Fanar was looking for shade from the desert sun when she saw the face of Jesus. The art historian from the University of Haifa in Israel had been studying crucifixes and other motifs on the stone lintels of the ancient churches and houses of the ruined city of Shivta in the Negev Desert. Although it was February, days in the desert can still get hot — and so Maayan-Fanar found some shade under one of the few pieces of roof still intact at the site, in the baptistery of the northernmost of three ruined churches in the ancient city. That's when she saw eyes looking out from the stones — the very faint remains of a portrait of Jesus Christ at his baptism in the Jordan River, painted on the ceiling of the building around 1,500 years ago. [See Photos of the Jesus Portrait and the Ruins of Shivta] "Everyone describes it as like a miracle, and it was, for a moment," she told Live Science. Maayan-Fanar called her husband, Dror Maayan, the photographer for the … [Read more...] about Earliest Depiction of Jesus Christ in Israel Discovered. Here’s What It Shows.
The American missionary who was killed by an isolated tribe on North Sentinel Island detailed his attempts to convert the tribal members to Christianity in his final diary entries before his death.In photos obtained by ABC News of the final journal entries by John Allen Chau before his death, he writes to his family, telling them, "You guys might think I'm crazy in all this, but I think it's worth it to declare Jesus to these people."Chau, 26, a native of Washington, allegedly bribed fishermen in the area of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to take him close to the island, where he set off with a kayak to make contact with the tribe. The Sentinelese people have no contact with outsiders and have lived the same way for thousands of years.It is illegal for outsiders to make contact with the tribe. The seven fishermen who accepted money from Chau to take him to the island have been arrested, South Andaman Senior Superintendent of Police Vijay Singh told ABC News.The 26-year-old missionary … [Read more...] about US missionary killed on remote island wanted to ‘declare Jesus to these people’