Ancient Bible Fragments Offer a Rare Glimpse Into a Forgotten History

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Geniza palimpsest with Hebrew (shown upside down) written over the top of a 6th-century copy of Akylas’ Greek translation (c. 125 CE) of the Books of Kings (shown the right way up).

New research has uncovered a forgotten chapter in the history of the Bible, offering a rare glimpse of Byzantine Jewish life and culture.

Religious Knowledge Survey Shows Americans Lack Some Religious Knowledge

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86% of Americans believe in a higher power but lack knowledge of own traditions.

Americans are clear on God but foggy on facts about faiths.The new U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that although 86% of us believe in God or a higher power, we don’t know our own traditions or those of neighbors across the street or across the globe.

 

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Man Builds Noah’s Ark to the Exact Scale Given in the Bible

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Working Replica of Noah’s Ark opened In SCHAGEN, Netherlands.

The massive central door in the side of Noah’s Ark was opened and  the first crowd of curious townsfolk beheld the wonder. This replica of the biblical Ark was built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.  (Pics)

 

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College Campus Divided Over Bible For Porn Campaign

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It’s part of a campaign called ‘Smut for Smut’ sponsored by the student group, ‘Atheist Agenda.’ “We are comparing their religious text to pornography..” says group member Carlos Morales.

Collecting more than just the bible, this group accepts anything containing religious text. In return, students ages 18 or older receive pornography.

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Is the Ark of the Covenant Real?

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Replica of the Ark of the Covenant in the Royal Arch Room of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

When you hear the words “Ark of the Covenant” what comes to mind? For some, Steven Spielberg’s film “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” provides the most vivid pop-culture reference to this mysterious sacred object.  The quest to find the real Ark has inspired generations of adventurers and Hollywood directors, but the trail has always gone cold.
Is the Ark of the Covenant real?

 

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Chips to be implanted on all Israeli citizens?

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“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads”
— Rev 13:16

There has been a story circulating this week across many blogs about an article that was posted recently in an Israeli newspaper Maariv “Sof Shavua (End of The Week).

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Antique Vampire Killing Kit

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Vampire Killing Kit

Usually our focus is on shiny new gadgetry, but let’s not forget gadgets of old. In this case a Vampire killing kit that has likely put to rest one hell of a lot of undead mo-fos in it’s time. This 200-year-old vampire killing kit was recently sold at an auction in Missisippi, where the bid ended at a staggering $14,850! That’s a pretty expensive way to kill a Vampire. (PICS)

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Jerusalem Dig Uncovers 2,100-Year-Old City Wall

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Beer bottles, a nice contribution to holy land

Israeli archaeologists unveiled a 2,100-year-old Jerusalem perimeter wall along with beer bottles left behind by 19th century researchers who first discovered the stone defenses. The wall, on Mount Zion at the southern edge of Jerusalem’s Old City, dates back to the Second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70.

 

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Vatican Concocts List of “New Sins”

Vatican Concocts List of “New Sins”

Apparently there is a half life to sins. The old book of sins speaking in “begots” and “begats” was a little behind the times, and so was everything that came after “Thou shalt not…”. The new list of seven sins starts off something like this.

Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of “new” sins such as causing environmental blight.

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