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Ancient Gates of Hell have been found in Hierapolios, Turkey!
Did Jesus Have a Wife?
Archaeological Discoveries in the News:
Israelis find 2,750-year-old temple
Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple near Jerusalem, along with pottery and clay figurines that suggest the site was the home base for a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday (12/26/12). The discovery was made during excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, during preparations for work on a new section of Israeli's Highway 1,the agency said in a statement.
Dead Sea Scrolls now online! Click Here!
The Great Isaiah Scroll
The Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa) is one of the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran in 1947. It is the largest (734 mm) and best preserved of all the biblical scrolls, and the only one that is almost complete. The 54 columns contain all 66 chapters of the Hebrew version of the biblical Book of Isaiah. Dating from ca. 125 BCE, it is also one of the oldest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some one thousand years older than the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible known to us before the scrolls' discovery. Click Here. 'Ghostwriting' the Torah? New algorithm distinguishes contributors to the Old Testament with high accuracy, says Tel Aviv University research "In both Jewish and Christian traditions, Moses is considered the author of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Scholars have furnished evidence that multiple writers had a hand in composing the text of the Torah. Other books of the Hebrew Bible and of the New Testament are also thought to be composites. However, delineating these multiple sources has been a laborious task. Now researchers have developed an algorithm that could help to unravel the different sources that contributed to individual books of the Bible. Prof. Nachum Dershowitz of Tel Aviv University's Blavatnik School of Computer Science, who worked in collaboration with his son, Bible scholar Idan Dershowitz of Hebrew University, and Prof. Moshe Koppel and Ph.D. student Navot Akiva of Bar-Ilan University, says that their computer algorithm recognizes linguistic cues, such as word preference, to divide texts into probable author groupings. To test the validity of their method, the researchers randomly mixed passages from the two Hebrew books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and asked the computer to separate them. By searching for and categorizing chapters by synonym preference, and then looking at usage of common words, the computer program was able to separate the passages with 99 percent accuracy. The software was also able to distinguish between "priestly" materials — those dealing with issues such as religious ritual — and "non-priestly" material in the Torah, a categorization that is widely used by Bible scholars." More information click here. Differences: "The places in which the program disagreed with accepted scholarship might prove interesting leads for scholars. The first chapter of Genesis, for example, is usually thought to have been written by the "priestly" author, but the software indicated it was not. Similarly, the book of Isaiah is largely thought to have been written by two distinct authors, with the second author taking over after Chapter 39. The software's results agreed that the book might have two authors, but suggested the second author's section actually began six chapters earlier, in Chapter 33." More information click here.
Solomon's Walls and David's Palace?
New Dates for Egypt's Pharaohs
"Just when did Egyptian pharaohs such as King Tut and Rameses II rule? Historians have heatedly debated the exact dates. Now a radiocarbon study concludes that much of the assumed chronology was right, though it corrects some controversial dates and may overturn a few pet theories. "This is an extremely important piece of research that shows clearly that historical dating methods and radiocarbon dates are compatible for ancient Egypt," says Kate Spence, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. As the researchers will report in tomorrow's issue of Science (June 18, 2010), they found that the Old Kingdom, which kicked off with Djoser's reign, began between 2691 and 2625 B.C.E. The New Kingdom, which starts with the reign of Ahmose, began between about 1570 and 1544 B.C.E. New Kingdom pharoah Rameses II, considered the greatest of the Egyptian kings by historians, clocks in between 1297 and 1273 B.C.E., and King Tut between 1353 to 1331 B.C.E. Yet the new study does not resolve all of the outstanding issues. In a Perspective accompanying the paper, archaeologist Hendrik Bruins of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel points out that one major controversy remains unresolved: the timing of the massive eruption of the volcanic island of Thera in the Aegean Sea. For more information see http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/06/new-dates-for-egypts-pharaohs.html?etoc also see http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/ancient-egypt-radiocarbon-dating.html
Tall el-Hamman Solomon's capitol city of the Gilead?
Dr. Steven Collins, TeHEP Director, Dean, College of Archaeology , Trinity Southwest University explains why he thinks Tall el Hammam in Jordan might be Solomon's capitol city of the Gilead district. See Tall el-Hammam.
Two-thirds of the New Testament was written either in Turkey or to churches or people in Turkey, said Wilson. Italian archaeologist Francesco D'Andria has just reported the discovery of the tomb of Philip, one of the original 12 apostles, in Hierapolis in southwestern Turkey.
Copper ruins in Jordan bolster biblical record of King Solomon. "A massive copper smelting plant in the biblical land of Edom is at least three centuries older than researchers previously believed, placing it firmly in the traditional timeline of King Solomon, considered the greatest ruler of Israel, researchers reported Monday." See also Solomon's Copper Mines.
By Thomas H. Maugh II
Religion in the News
After a year of research and preparation, the giant screen film JERUSALEM advanced into production with an unprecedented aerial shoot throughout Israel and the West Bank. Scheduled for worldwide release in 2013, the film will take audiences on a spectacular tour of the Holy Land and the city once believed to lie at the center of the world.
New Puzzle Piece
Fragments of early Christian manuscript found in Egyptian monastery.
Discovered in a Jerusalem cemetery known as Akeldama, or "Field of Blood," where Judas Iscariot is thought to have committed suicide, the shroud fragments were found around the remains of a man buried in a sealed chamber. See also Shroud.
The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time.
Dr Craig Evans interview
Dr. Craig Evans tells about the ancient manuscripts that support the New Testament and an explanation of verses that should not be in the the New Testament. Also he tells about some verses that were missing in the Old Testament.
Islam According to Gallup. Analyst Dalia Mogahed says it's time to rethink what we think we know about Muslims. Here, Larson interviews Mogahed about the book she coauthored with John Esposito, Who Speaks For Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press, 2008). What surprised you most in your findings? It was how much Americans and residents of majority-Muslim countries have in common.
Science in the News
The bone of a large extinct creature, once treasured by the ancient Greeks, has finally found a permanent home in England. Known as the Nichoria bone, the blackened fossil is part of the thigh bone of an immense extinct rhino that roamed southern Greece perhaps a million years ago. The bone was collected by ancient Greeks and may have even helped inspire certain beasts in Greek classical mythology. It was then rediscovered 40 years ago. "Most likely, the ancient Greeks found the bone in the lignite deposits of the Megalopolis basin, known in antiquity as the 'Battleground of the Giants.' There, the dense concentration of large fossil bones inspired the belief that entire armies of giants were blasted by Zeus's thunderbolts," says Mayor who wrote "The First Fossil Hunters." Discovery News
Pat Robertson on the age of the earth!
The center of the evolution debate has shifted from asking whether we came from earlier animals to whether we could have come from one man and one woman. By Richard N. Ostling, June cover story for Christianity Today.
Dr. Ronald Numbers interview: His background and why he wrote The Creationists.
Answers in Genesis ministries has partnered with Ark Encounters, to build an 800 acre theme park in Grant County, Kentucky. The theme park will feature a “full scale replica” of Noah’s Ark as well as other “attractions” See http://arkencounter.com/blog/2010/12/01/fast-facts-on-the-ark-encounter/
"A tiny fish is helping to answer a big question about evolution. The threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) has long been abundant in the sea. But after glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, many wound up in new freshwater lakes and streams. In these unfamiliar environments, the fish lost their bony plates and spines and developed novel behaviors and physiology. A new study reveals that many of these relatively rapid changes were due not to mutations in specific genes, as some biologists had long assumed, but rather to changes in the activity of these genes. The finding should help focus more attention on the role of gene regulation in evolution, not just of fish but of all organisms, including humans."
Darwin's Darkest Hour
Tragedy, triumph, and the birth of a new idea: a two-hour drama, on PBS, a Nova special.
Augustine's Origin of Species
How the great theologian might weigh in on the Darwin debate. By
Alister McGrath. See http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/may/22.39.html
Celebrating Darwin's Errors. An article is due for publication in Jan. 2009 in the American Biology Teacher, but it is already available on-line at Douglas Allchin's website: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~allch001/papers/darwin-errors.pdf
Kevin Padian's testimony and slides in the Kitzmiller case. The expert witness testimony given by paleontologist Kevin Padian was a highlight of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial. His testimony and the slides he showed to the court are now available. See http://ncseweb.org/creationism/legal/padians-expert-testimony
A video project from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology devotes a
segment to discussing paleontology, evolution, and creationism. The
thirty-three-minute video, entitled "We Are SVP." For the SVP video, visit:
Their website at http://www.vertpaleo.org/
Creation Vs. Evolution. The controversy over evolution rages on. See the latest articles from Scientific American.
The Christian Man's Evolution: How Darwinism and Faith Can Coexist. A geneticist ordained as a Dominican priest, Francisco J. Ayala sees no conflict between Darwinism and faith. Convincing most of the American public of that remains the challenge. By Sally Lehrman
The Rockefeller University: Symposium on Evolution Watch videos online of the different speakers.
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trail. See http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/id/
Watch this program online: Divided into 12 different chapters.
“Studying evolution is like following cosmic breadcrumbs home to God. Only by looking through evolutionary eyes can we see our way out of the current global integrity crisis that is destroying economies and ecosystems around the world.”
Biologos: Key organization about Christianity and evolution.
Key New Film entitled the Test of Faith
This excerpt is examining evolution.
The 2013 ASA Annual Meeting will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, July 19–22.
August 4-8, 2013
The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting:
One of the world's largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress. At this meeting, scholars benefit from sessions on religion, philosophy, ethics, and diverse religious traditions.
Annual Meeting November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Free Educational Courses
Online Learning Courses: Two Year Bible Program
Egyptian Studies: Retracing the Steps of the Exodus. (PowerPoint Presentation)
Life of Christ (2007 PowerPoint Presentation)
Spiritual Quest A quest into Atheism, Agnosticism, and Theism. (Need: Windows, flashplayer 10.0 or higher, & 8 MB of space. Most computers have flashplayers.)
Online Geology Curriculum for High School Homeschools by Answers in Creation
Bib Arch Seminary
Albright School of Biblical Archeology: Totally Free Online Courses in Archaeology and Biblical Archeology
Biblia y Ciencia
A Spanish translation of Dr. Steven Meyers' article "Bible and Science" is now available at Biblia y Ciencia. Special thanks to Felipe, a biochemist from Chile, South America with Corporación Cristiana Anabaptista "Puerta del Rebaño," for his translation of my article.
Online Video Clips
- Genesis One Explained - Dr. Stephen Meyers explains the meaning of the Hebrew of Genesis One.
- Dinosaurs in the Bible - Dr. Stephen Meyers talks about Dinosaurs in the Bible.
- Dr. Hovind Debates Dr. Meyers
Off Site Video Clips
Key Films on Intelligent Design. See YouTube excerpts of these films.
The Exodus Decoded: Behind the Scenes (5 min.)There is a story that has with stood the fires of history. It is the fantastic tale of an Egyptian pharaoh who held a people in bondage but was then visited by ten horrific plagues. Watch Video
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trail. See http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/id/ Watch this program online: Divided into 12 different chapters.
New Book: The Language of God by Francis S. Collins. A scientist presents evidence for belief. He is head of the Human Genome Project. Interview also Dr. Francis Collins interviewed by Reasons to Believe. ABC News video clip.
New Science Series: Through the Worm Hole: Episode 1- Is There a Creator? This is very interesting. Morgan Freeman is the host.
BBC Light Fantastic: Let There Be Light. The journey into the nature of light itself begins with a fascinating look into man's earliest beliefs about light, and some of the resulting conflicts with the church. Program information. See clip below.
Dinosaur Mummy Discovered. National Geographic Specials. Look for rebroadcast dates and times. See web pages below for info and video clips:
Online Audio Clips
Audio clips from Dr. Meyers with the Institute for Biblical & Scientific Studies:
- Is the Bible Scientific? (7 minutes)
- Bible and archaeology: Proof or Problem (13 minutes)
- Is the earth old or young? (59 minutes)
- My Journey to the dark side, or right side? (20 minutes)
- Interviews from ASA 2008
Dr. Denis O Lamoureux
- Interviews from ASA 2010 Meeting in Washington, DC.
- Interviews from ASA 2011 Meeting in Naperville, IL
- Are Dinosaurs Mentioned in the Bible?
- The God Part of Our Brain - This page has the latest in neuroscience that shows we have a "God Part" in our brains.
- The Archaeological Evidence of the Exodus from Egypt.
Key Resources Off Site
All Powerpoint Talks by Dr. Robert Newman can now be viewed directly on your browser
RATE Book available Online!
Available now for FREE download: the 676-page hardbound technical book with a dark blue cover, Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth: A Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative. RATE Creation Science Index and Thousands...Not Billions, a Young Earth Book Review by Answers in Creation
ANSWERS IN GENESIS, KEN HAM "Arguments we think creationists should NOT use"
A recent conference in Jerusalem brought together leading scholars to discuss vexing issues regarding forgery.
- Download FREE Report by Hershel Shanks on the Jerusalem Forgery Conference
- Learn what leading scholars think
- Learn about the objects under suspicion
- Listen to archaeologist Gabriel Barkay explain 10 key points
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The Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies is a non-profit tax-exempt organization interested in the areas of Bible and science. The goals of the Institute are to educate people about Bible and science and to do research in Bible and science. The president of our Institute is Dr. Stephen C. Meyers. Former president Dr. Arlton C. Murray went to be with the Lord December 2006. More information is available about our Board Members, the Doctrine of the Institute, and our financial reports.