The Independent perpetuates anti-Biblical #FakeNews

In a sloppy periodical piece, Ian Johnston of the Independent attempts his hand at evaluating Biblical history, while either ignorantly or deceptively propagating #FakeNews that appears to damage the historicity of the Biblical text.

The Destruction of Sodom and Gommorah by John Martin (1852), oil on canvas

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by John Martin (1852), oil on canvas

The title of his hit-piece says it all: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon”. This classic straw-man fallacy leads to an unwarranted assumption that the Bible is historically incorrect for stating the Canaanites were wiped out, whereas in fact, it is explicitly stated in the Biblical text that they were not wiped out.

A 30-second Google search returns the Biblical map of the kingdom of Israel surrounded by several Canaanite people they did not conquer. A 30-minute speed read through the Bible’s books Joshua and Judges explains that they did not “wipe out” all of the Canaanites. The most famous of the Biblical Canaanites were the Philistines, who are today’s Palestinians.
 
If the Independent is looking for a consultant in Biblical and early church history, my CV is available on LinkedIn. But I doubt they’re interested in accuracy. Multiple readers have commented on this article showing Ian Johnston’s error. I attempted to contact him via social media without any response.

Ian’s article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bible-canaanites-wiped-out-old-testament-israelites-lebanon-descendants-discovered-science-dna-a7862936.html

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Dig Supports Biblical Story of Jerusalem’s Destruction | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Rosette seal on jar handles (credit: Eliyahu Yanai, Courtesy of the City of David Archive)

A recent archeological dig lends credibility to the Biblical account that Jerusalem was burned and its residents taken into captivity by Babylon some 2,600 years ago. This marked the end of the kingdom of Judah. Researchers sifting through charred ruins uncovered an official seal used at the end of the First Temple period.

Small ivory statue (credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority)

 

The current excavation also indicated Jerusalem’s residents possessed a degree of wealth and sophistication beyond what had earlier been thought. Researchers uncovered several ornamental artifacts among the cinders. In particular, a small ivory statue of a woman with an Egyptian hair style displays the “high caliber of the artifacts’ artistic level and the skill par excellence of the artists during this era,” states the IAA.

Videos of the dig at: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVIIE7UK7W5Uri0V2Vn2Bgg

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Dig Supports Biblical Story of Jerusalem’s Destruction | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

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What is The Best Route For my Future?

A 9th grader expresses thoughts on college education plans…

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“If I pay for 100% of my college education, would I be better off if my parents will give me a college graduation present: half of the money they presently plan to pay for my college costs?”

College is expensive.  Most people attend college to please family or get a degree to ensure a job, there is also a majority that attend college for the “social experience.” Very few actually attend college to improve themselves academically.  Whether you are going to get a degree to ensure a job, or whether you actually crave the education colleges offer, there is not a reason to pay the full retail price.  There are strategies that allow you to finish college faster, learn better, and pay under $15,000 for your full college education.  These strategies are not obvious to the public, but they are allowed by most colleges and they are legal.  Aspiring college…

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Using Music and Rhythm to Develop Grammar

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying how music and rhythm activities could help children who struggle with grammar and language development.

Gordon is director of the Music Cognition Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She studies the connections between rhythm and grammar, and how rhythm and music training might help children with atypical language development.

Gordon has previously published research showing a correlation in children between good rhythm skills and a good grasp of grammar. She found children who can detect rhythmic variations in music have an easier time putting sentences together.

Source: Using Music And Rhythm To Develop Grammar : Shots – Health News : NPR

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PURITANS WERE MORE JEWISH THAN PROTESTANTS

by Hugh Fogelman

(Excerpt from Christianity Revealed)

A Puritan is a name often misunderstood. During the 17th century English Civil War (known as the Puritan Revolution), the Puritans were Protestant fundamentalists who wished to “purify” the Church of England. Some of the Puritans, known as Separatists “separated,” forming their own church. The Puritans felt that Parliament, and not the King, should have the final say and that the moral guidance for all legal decision should come from the Jewish Bible which they considered to be the highest authority in all matters.

The Puritans were obsessed with the Bible and came to identify their political struggle against England with that of the ancient Hebrews against Pharaoh or the King of Babylon. Because they identified so strongly with ancient Israel, they chose to identify with the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). (World Book Encyclopedia & Encyclopaedia Judaica)  In 1620, the “Separatists” sailed for America on the Mayflower. The Separatists/Puritans who settled at Plymouth Colony called themselves “Pilgrims” because of their wanderings in search of religious freedom. The Puritan culture of New England was marked from the outset by a deep association with Jewish themes. No Christian community in history identified more with the Israelites of the Bible than did the first generations of settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who believed their own lives to be a literal reenactment of the biblical drama of the chosen people―they were the children of Israel and the ordinances of God’s Holy covenant by which they lived were His divine law. Since they viewed themselves as the persecuted victims of the sinful Christian establishment of the Old World (England), the Puritans also had a natural sympathy for the Jews of their own time. The Protestant Puritan leader Cotton Mather repeatedly referred to the Jews in his prayer for their conversion as God’s “Beloved People.” The New Israel―The influence of the Hebrew Bible marks every step of the Puritan exodus to their Zion in the wilderness of the New World. The Jewish Bible formed their minds and dominated their characters; its conceptions were their conceptions.


The Pilgrims at Plymouth lived a life of spiritual journey in the New World. William Bradford was governor of Plymouth Colony in the 17th century, in what is today the eastern bay of Massachusetts. He was a religious separatist from England who led Pilgrims to the New World on the naval vessel Mayflower. He described his time in the New World through his journal, which anyone can download and read, typically titled Of Plymouth Plantation. [Download it here.] We remember his life through his journal and by unique epitaphs inscribed on a memorial later erected over his grave. In Hebrew, it is written, “Yehovah is help of life.” It is interesting to note that the complete vowel sequence for God’s name is written just as it occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures. In Latin, it is written, “What our fathers with so much difficulty attained do not basely relinquish.”

William Bradford's headstone

William Bradford’s headstone

 

 

 

 

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This Day in the Gospels (Beginning Week 3 Month 5)

Matthew 12:22-45; Mark 3:19-30; Luke 8:1-3

(New American Standard Bible. Illustrations by Sweet Media.)

1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,
2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.
23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”

20 And He came home, and the crowd gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal.
21 When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.”

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”
25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
26 “If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!
27 “If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.
28 “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
30 “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
32 “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
28 “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” —
30 because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
34 “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
35 “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
36 “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
37 “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
40 for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

41 “The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
42 “The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Queen of Sheba - National Museum of Ethiopia at Addis Ababa

Queen of Sheba – National Museum of Ethiopia at Addis Ababa

43 “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.
44 “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.
45 “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

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Part 2 – Ancient Graveyard of Slaves Discovered in Egypt – Could they be Hebrews? | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

by  | Jul 21, 2017 | Evidence |

Last time, we reported on the recent finds of a large slave force buried at the city of Amarna, Egypt during the 18th Dynasty of Egypt’s New Kingdom. Examination of the remains suggest that the slaves had been ruthlessly oppressed in the drive to quickly create Pharaoh Akhenaten’s new capital city.

It is understandable that some (including news headlines) have latched onto this find as potential evidence for the oppression of Israelite slaves before their exodus out of Egypt under Moses. This certainly is a remarkable discovery, but does this evidence really warrant a jump to the conclusion that these were Israelite slaves? How do these finds fit into the whole picture of the Exodus debate? Part 2 of this post will work to answer those questions by applying a “Patterns” approach. As usual, chronology (the dates of historical events) plays a central role in finding answers.

Continue reading at: Part 2 – Ancient Graveyard of Slaves Discovered in Egypt – Could they be Hebrews? | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

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