Biblical Archaeology News

first_imgOne point where theology and science intersect is in the field of archaeology.  Here are a few recent stories that bear on historical claims in the Bible.Pool of Siloam update:  Last fall, the discovery of the probable Biblical Pool of Siloam was announced (see 12/24/2004 story).  In its September-October 2005 issue, Biblical Archaeology Review has published a detailed article with photographs about the find and the continuing excavation.  See also the LA Times article copied by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where reporter Thomas L. Maugh II seems pretty confident it is the real thing.Nebuchadnezzar’s Nephew Nabonidus News:  Science magazine reported on presentations at an international convention of Assyriologists last month.  Researchers discussed recent archaeological finds in Tayma that confirm that Nabonidus, nephew of the Biblical Nebuchadnezzar II and father of Belshazzar (see Daniel 5) was indeed present in Tayma (Teima) in Arabia while his son Belshazzar remained in charge of Babylon (in modern Iraq).  This corroborates an explanation for apparent discrepancies between the Biblical account and earlier archaeological inscriptions that had suggested Nabonidus (not mentioned in the Bible), not Belshazzar, was the true king of Babylon.  For background on the resolution of this controversy, see and    Speaking of Iraq, EurekAlert provided progress reports on efforts to restore the Mesopotamian wetlands (see 05/01/2003, 08/18/2003 and 02/25/2005 entries).  In short, a little hope, but a long way to go.King David Ruled Here:  The Biblical Archaeological Society also reported today the discovery of a “massive public structure” that could be the palace of King David, used not only by David but also his dynasty in Jerusalem.  The structure, now being unearthed south of the Temple Mount by archaeologist Eilat Mazar, contained an inscription with the name of Yehochal, mentioned in Jeremiah as being a senior official in the court of later king Zedekiah.  Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay told the New York Times, “this is one of the first greetings we have from the Jerusalem of David and Solomon.”    Artifacts from the Davidic period are hard to come by not only because Jerusalem is a holy site for three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), with all the cultural and political tensions that creates, but also because the entire city was ransacked and destroyed multiple times, particularly by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC and the Romans in 70 AD.  King David reigned much earlier, from 1025 – 985 BC (see CARM timeline).Update 09/08/2005: has a longer article about the find.  It gives two sides: the view of discoverer Eilat Mazar that it supports the traditional dating of the Davidic kingdom, as well as the minimalist response of critics like Israel Finkelstein.  One strong point about this discovery is its in situ status, which allows it to be excavated by respectable archaeologists under the watchful eye of critics.  This will rule out accusations of forgery that have dogged some other artifacts that have surfaced in recent years.Each new artifact or structure uncovered in the lands of the Bible brings excitement, but why any more than the greatest, most detailed inscription of all, the Bible itself?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

We Know Less Than We Think

first_imgStrange reports come from science news outlets on occasion that call into question facts we thought we understood.  These raise a question: do we really know what we think we know?Cutting dinosaurs down to size:  Dinosaurs may have been half as heavy as thought, said Science Daily.  Some paleontologists are claiming that widely-used methods for estimating their mass are flawed.Life as old as the universe?:  Evolutionists typically date the origin of life on earth after the planets formed, but a story on asks, “Could Life Be 12 Billion Years Old?”Weak point:  Microsoft PowerPoint has revolutionized presentations.  The assumption is that it helps communicate.  Not so fast, reported Science Daily.  It might do the opposite and stifle learning.  Experiments showed students learned better without all the fancy graphics.Ultrahuge lightweights:  Neutrinos are supposed to be among the fleetest, tiniest particles in the particle zoo, but New Scientist reported on conclusions by some UC San Diego astronomers who postulate they could have been stretched in the early stages of the big bang.  Conclusion: some neutrinos might span the universe.Gravity of the situation:  One would think gravity to be the best-established concept in physics.  New Scientist, though, published a list of seven things about gravity that don’t make sense.Lawless and timeless:  A cosmologist pondering the ramifications if there is only universe is questioning natural laws and time, according to PhysOrg.  Lee Smolin is the author of The Trouble With Physics.  You may not have thought physics was in trouble, but “Smolin points out why a timeless multiverse means that our laws of physics are no longer determinable from experiment and how the connection between fundamental laws, which are unique and applicable universally from first principles, and effective laws, which hold based on what we can actually observe, becomes unclear.”Imagining things:  One of the craziest headlines on Live Science recently was this one: “Is the Universe All in Your Mind?”  It probably is for some people, but a quantum physicist reasoned that “reality works the way it does because that’s how our senses and neurons are structured to perceive it.”When reality itself is a function of the observer, how can anyone do a reality check on anyone else?Better knock on your skull and see if you are really there.  Then knock on a Darwinist’s skull and ask him why he is so sure evolution is a fact.  Hit hard enough to make a power point without being micro-soft.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Budget 2016: Tough balancing act in a tough global environment

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2016 National Budget was tabled in challenging global economic conditions, with low growth at home, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at a media briefing on Thursday.“It’s a tough Budget,’ he said. “We are finding ourselves in a very difficult global economic environment with lots of doubt on whether the developed world will continue to grow . We’ve seen that currencies of emerging markets have been affected and commodity producers have been affected.’The Budget, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, comes at a time when high unemployment levels and slow growth have demanded greater investment by the government.“We have our own internal difficulties as South Africa,’ Gordhan said. “We’ve been growing too slowly. Our unemployment levels are too high, poverty and inequality levels are also high … Government has, for the last six years or so, been carrying the substantial burden of investing in infrastructure, for example.’He said the country must come up with new answers.“At the same time, we’ve borrowed a lot since 2009 in order to sustain, in particular, our social services and invest in infrastructure and the economy more generally. We haven’t grown at the same level as we borrowed.’This, he said, means South Africa must rein in spending.“This means we have to tighten our belts, tax a little bit more without hurting the economy and cut expenditure within government as well. That’s the balancing act temporarily. I hope that we have to perform it until all of us can put our heads together and say: How do we grow this economy? How do we get more investment? How do we create more jobs?’Tax relief and tackling debtThe 2016 Budget makes tax proposals that include a personal income tax relief of R5.5-billion, partially compensating for inflation, focused on lower- and middle-income earners.Gordhan pointed out that South Africans’ household debt is high.“Indebtedness in South Africa is a serious problem,’ he said. “Unsecured lending, at one stage, was a serious problem. The message is, we will try to do whatever we can, as we have done this time. Where there are possibilities of tax relief, we will direct the tax relief at the lower end. For example, to mitigate inflation, the money that we’ve put in (R 5.5-billion) is going to the lower income brackets.’He urged South Africans not to overextend themselves financially. “Like government, everybody needs to balance their budgets as well until we can get the economy to start growing.’On the nuclear build programme, Gordhan said the Budget stance is that nuclear will be expanded at a scale and pace that is affordable following a thorough and transparent tender process.“We are at the very early stages of the programme. We will phase in the implementation of a programme like that in accordance with our affordability. We have to go through a proper, transparent procurement process.’Investment and structural reformGordhan also spoke of the need for investment to grow the economy.“For the purposes of growth, we require more investment both from government and from the private sector. We need more creative energy from our own people, we need entrepreneurs on a large scale and support for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.’In his Budget speech on Wednesday, Gordhan emphasised that structural reforms – such as those detailed in the National Development Plan – were needed to “turn the South African economy’s direction towards hope’.“The Budget tabled today is guided by the NDP,’ he told Parliament. “It is a Budget for inclusive growth, it emphasises partnerships among role players in our economy, it prioritises education and infrastructure investment, it supports employment creation and it contributes to building a capable, developmental state.’Source: South African Government News Agency and South reporterlast_img read more

FEU topples shorthanded UST for 2nd win

first_imgFEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University recovered from its previous loss, bouncing back at the expense of University of Santo Tomas, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 27-25, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Lady Tamaraws clamped down in the fourth set stopping a spirited comeback attempt from the Golden Tigresses as both teams now own identical 2-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A scary moment happened to UST late in the second set when Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini injured her left knee after a bad landing.Cherry Rondina then suffered cramps in the fourth set allowing FEU to push the Golden Tigresses to the limit.Celine Domingo finished with 17 points for the Lady Tamaraws while Heather Guino-o and rookie Lycha Ebon had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Laure had a game-high 20 points for the Golden Tigresses while Rondina finished the match with 16.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed UST’s Milena Alessandrini suffers knee injury vs FEU P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem FEU saw its 24-21 lead crumble when UST took a 25-24 lead after Eya Laure’s effortsDimdim Pacres, however, sent her service straight to the net to seal the Lady Tamaraws win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFEU head coach George Pascua said he had to remind his players on what they’ve been doing right and let out that killer instinct that was absent in the Lady Tamaraws’ five-set loss to Ateneo wherein they squandered a two-set lead.“We’ve had experiences wherein we were leading by two sets and come the fourth and fifth set we will give in,” said Pascua in Filipino. “I told them that they should always be sharp in the crucial sets because those are the scenarios where they will mature.” Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

U.S. Swimmers Nip European Stars

first_imgGLASGOW, Scotland –  In the tightest finish yet, the United States preserved its 100 percent winning Duel in the Pool record on Dec. 21 by beating the European All Stars in a tiebreaker race.Both teams were locked on 131 points after 30 events over two days at the Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glasgow, after the U.S fought back from 68-54 down on Dec. 20.In the extra, final race — a mixed 4×50-meter medley relay — Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. to victory, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead of British swimmer Francesca Halsall.The U.S. has won all six Duels in the Pool — billed as the Ryder Cup of swimming — facing Australia in the first three editions before taking on the Europeans.The tight finish was in contrast to the first U.S.-Europe encounter in Manchester in 2009 when the Americans claimed a 185-78 victory.The day didn’t start well, though, for the defending champions as the Europeans took maximum points from the first race.Mireia Belmonte of Spain, who won the 400 individual medley and the 400 freestyle on Dec. 20, came out on top in the 800 freestyle, leading home Lotte Friis of Denmark and Jazz Carlin of Wales.Five points are awarded for a win, three for second place, and one for third.But Michael McBroom set the tone for the U.S. recovery in the 800 free, breaking the national record in 7 minutes 33.99 seconds.Michelle Coleman took top spot in the women’s 200 freestyle but there was another American success for the men, with Conor Dwyer securing the win.The U.S. fightback continued, with Olivia Smoliga and Eugene Godsoe both winning their respective 100 backstroke events.Europe still held onto a 92-84 lead after the opening six events.But U.S. successes followed in the 100 breaststroke, through Jessica Hardy and Kevin Cordes, to leave the teams locked at 97 points each.Belmonte, though, was proving to be one of the outstanding talents of this event. And another win — this time in the 200 butterfly — allowed the Europeans to edge ahead again.But the competition remained on a knife edge as American simmer Tom Shields won the men’s race.A European win followed in the 50 freestyle courtesy of Halsall, but the Americans helped themselves to maximum points in the men’s event led by Jimmy Feigen.Wins for Sophie Allen and Dwyer in their 200 individual medley races again saw Europe and the U.S. level on 124 points heading into the final 4×100 freestyle relays.A world record in the women’s race was set by Europe with a time of 3:27.70 before the U.S. men responded with a victory.It took one final, extra victory to allow the U.S. to retain the trophy in dramatic fashion.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Job Creation, Inclusive Growth High on UNWTO Conference Agenda

first_imgStory Highlights Job creation and inclusive growth are high on the agenda of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference, being held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. The Minister contended, however, that it is imperative that the formula for inclusive growth be further improved to “enable the development of human capital so that more of the creativity of the Jamaican people is reflected in the output of tourism and the development of the experiences that visitors pay for”. Job creation and inclusive growth are high on the agenda of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference, being held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told JIS News that this focus is of particular importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.“We currently have 106,000 jobs directly from tourism and an indirect amount of nearly 300,000, which means one in five of the workers in Jamaica is (involved in) tourism directly or indirectly,” he noted.The Minister contended, however, that it is imperative that the formula for inclusive growth be further improved to “enable the development of human capital so that more of the creativity of the Jamaican people is reflected in the output of tourism and the development of the experiences that visitors pay for”.Mr. Bartlett said the conference will also facilitate discussions on how tourism can be more impactful in the economies of countries that are recipients of visitors from across the world.“The fact is tourism has become the fastest growing economic activity globally. It currently employs 293 million people and represents 10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). That indicates that one in 10 workers of the world is employed in tourism directly or indirectly,” the Minister outlined.He added that the sector generates US$7.6 trillion globally, pointing out that in 2016, some 1.2 billion people travelled to different parts of the world and spent US$1.3 trillion in pursuit of diverse experiences.Mr. Bartlett further cited that some 79 countries currently have a tourism dependence ratio of 10 per cent and more, adding that of these, the top 13 globally are in the Caribbean.“So a conference in the frame of how do we sustain economic growth, create jobs and have inclusion is vital. We are bringing the universities together for ideas. We will (also) bring the policymakers, the UNWTO and all of those who can (formulate) policies that determine the framework within which these things can happen. Then we will bring the non-governmental organizations, which are a key part of civil society and enabling community development and activity.“So it is the perfect mix and out of all of these discussions will come a framework that will help to guide the future development of tourism in the world,” he further stated.The conference is intended to foster a forum for governments, investors, donors and multinational organisations to exchange ideas on development and investment opportunities; share proven best practices for developing public-private partnerships (PPP) in tourism; and work with governments to prepare innovative tourism PPP investment opportunities that prioritise sustainability, economic inclusion and poverty alleviation.Additionally, it will facilitate discussions on social inclusiveness, employment and poverty-reduction strategies that have been successfully initiated by various entities.The event, which will be attended by some 157 tourism ministers and Government officials from across the world, will see participants engaging in plenary sessions and workshops on a range of industry-relevant topics. These include development assistance and investment partnership opportunities.The conference is being jointly hosted by the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank.Stakeholder partners include the Caribbean Tourism Organization; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; private international development company, Chemonics International; and George Washington University in the United States. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told JIS News that this focus is of particular importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.last_img read more

Today Is Nelson Mandela International Day

first_imgToday is Nelson Mandela International Day, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, released this message.“Last year, the world lost one of its greatest leaders when Nelson Mandela passed away. We remember his legacy especially on his birthday, the 18th of July.“Nelson Mandela and the United Nations had a strong history together. Shortly after he was released from prison, he came to our Headquarters. It was a moment of great excitement.“Nelson Mandela’s presence in the General Assembly Hall proved that United Nations resolutions, sanctions and solidarity can win over violence and injustice. His extraordinary compassion after 27 years in prison showed that human rights and equality are stronger than discrimination and hate. On that day in 1990, he said people would always be challenged by the fact that, quote, “it took as long as it has before all of us stood up to say enough is enough”. The room burst into applause.“Apartheid is gone – thanks to Nelson Mandela, countless other individuals and the proud actions of the United Nations. But our planet and its people still face terrible threats — poverty, discrimination, climate change, conflict and more. Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action. Each of us can celebrate this day by helping to address real problems in our communities. Together we can give great meaning to our celebration by paving the way for a better future.”last_img read more

Keanu Reeves Fans Caused That Bomb Scare at CinemaCon 2016

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Some overzealous movie theater exhibitors — and Keanu Reeves — were the cause of a security scare at CinemaCon in 2016.Unattended backpacks prompted security protocols for a bomb scare following Lionsgate’s presentation last year, which was meant to end with screening the entirety of their magic thriller “Now You See Me 2.”Just before the movie began, Reeves came out to hype “John Wick 2” for the annual convention of American movie exhibitors. Two representatives from an unnamed theater chain bolted to try to meet him — and when they didn’t return, their seat mates got suspicious. Keanu Reeves Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more