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Archive for March 10th, 2018

It Looks Like Science Has Proven Inflated Archaeological Claims Wrong, Again

A new Weizmann Institute study has discovered radiocarbon-dating evidence of the First Temple period under a tower in Jerusalem’s City of David that was previously dated to the Canaanite period. The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a seven-meter thick walled tower, shave nearly a thousand years from previous archaeological dating of the structure, which placed it c. 1700 BCE — and contradict a presumed biblical linkage to the site.

Downhill from the Temple Mount of Jerusalem, the Gihon Spring guard tower was discovered in 2004 by archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron. Based on pottery and architectural signifiers, the heavily fortified structure — and the rest of the Spring Citadel protecting Jerusalem’s precious water source — were dated to Canaanite construction (Middle Bronze II period).

“This is the largest fortress found in all of Israel to date between the Canaanite cities… and it seems that it is essentially the largest fortress found in Israel until the days of King Herod,” states the website.

‘It is essentially the largest fortress found in Israel until the days of King Herod’

However, new findings by an interdisciplinary cooperative team of Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists and Weizmann Institute scientists place the construction of the tower during the second half of the Iron Age — smack dab in the middle of the Israelite period, and much closer to the days of Herod than earlier suspected.

And later

Contrary to previous estimates, the date revealed by this radiocarbon dating was sometime around 900-800 BCE — nearly 1,000 years later than archaeologists had originally dated the tower, and well after the presumed reign of King David.

Yet again, the ‘bible in one hand, spade in the other’ approach to archaeology fails.

Written by Jim

10 Mar 2018 at 2:57 pm

Posted in Archaeology

I Let the Word Do Its Work

“All that I have done is to further, preach and teach God’s Word; otherwise I have done nothing. So it happened that while I slept or while I drank a glass of Wittenberg beer with my friend Philip [Melanchthon] and with Amsdorf, the papacy was weakened as it never was before by the action of any prince or emperor. I have done nothing; the Word has done and accomplished everything.… I let the Word do its work!” — Martin Luther

Written by Jim

10 Mar 2018 at 2:48 pm

Posted in Luther

Call For Submissions

The Biblical Studies Carnival goes live on 1 April so please send along your nominations for biblical studies posts posted in March.  Old Testament, New Testament, Archaeology, Dead Sea Scrolls, Book Reviews, and related postings are welcome.

Written by Jim

10 Mar 2018 at 9:50 am

Robert Jeffress Cannot Be A Christian

A pastor closely linked to Donald Trump said he’s against sex with adult film stars but isn’t holding the alleged affair with Stormy Daniels against the president.  “Evangelicals still believe in the commandment: Thou shalt not have sex with a porn star,” Robert Jeffress told Fox News on Thursday. “However, whether this president violated that commandment or not is totally irrelevant to our support of him.” Jeffress, who is an evangelical adviser to the president, said Trump’s personal behavior isn’t an issue. 

The problem with this pseudo-Christian’s viewpoint is that real Christians, real disciples of Christ, understand that what applies to one applies to all.  Trump is not exempt from moral expectations just because these false believers want to support his political agenda.

There’s nothing Christian about Trump and there’s nothing Christian about so called Christians who are willing to give him an ethics pass.  Nothing.

Written by Jim

10 Mar 2018 at 9:21 am

Posted in Theology

The Decent Cry As Soon As They Do An Evil Deed- The Wicked Cry Only When They Are Punished

The smirk wiped from his face, a crying Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud Friday in a hard fall for the pharmaceutical-industry bad boy vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug.

Shkreli, the boyish-looking, 34-year-old entrepreneur dubbed the “Pharma Bro” for his loutish behavior, was handed his punishment after a hearing in which he and his attorney struggled with limited success to make him a sympathetic figure. His own lawyer confessed to wanting to punch him in the face sometimes.

This guy isn’t alone.  Most people lack the decency of a guilty conscience and only feel sorrow when their sins come home to roost in judgment.  They aren’t sorry for what they’ve done- they’re sorry they have been caught.

Sentence tears are pointless tears.  If you want to shed tears that mean something, shed them moments after your sin.  Those are repentant tears and they’re the only tears of regret that matter.

Written by Jim

10 Mar 2018 at 9:10 am

Posted in Theology

Zwingli For Today

reformers1.jpgThe promiscuous pairing of animals, even in our judgment, is not base, though such pairing of human beings is most base. But what is it that absolves them but condemns us? The Law. For by the divine law we are confined within the barriers of matrimony.— Huldrych Zwingli

Written by Jim

10 Mar 2018 at 8:31 am

Posted in Theology, Zwingli