Current Events Articles: November 2008

Golden Earring Found in Jerusalem Dates to Time of Christ posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old gold earring beneath a parking lot next to the walls of Jerusalem's old city, dating to the time of Christ.,2933,449290,00.html

ABR Represented at Oregon Conference posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Greg Gulbrandsen and Mike Caba, ABR volunteers and TMSP travelers, hosted a booth at a Christian conference in Oregon. The booth generated lots of excitement and interest in the ABR ministry. Over 400 attendees from the Northwest and California listened to talks given by Christian Apologetic lumineries, such as J.P. Moreland and Craig Hazen. Booth visitors watched videos from this year’s TMSP mission as well as ABR educational materials Many thanks to Greg and Mike for their heart of service to the ABR ministry!

Greg Gulbrandsen at the ABR Booth.

A visitor signs up for the free ABR Newsletter.

Rare Hebrew Seal from the First Temple Period Discovered posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

In archaeological excavations in the northwestern part of the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, a rare and impressive Hebrew seal was discovered that dates to the latter part of the First Temple period. The seal was found in a building that is currently being uncovered, which dates to the seventh century BC – to the time when the kings Manasseh and Josiah reigned.

Tunnel discovered beneath David’s palace in Jerusalem posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A water tunnel dating back to the First Temple era - but that might have been used even earlier, during King David's conquest of Jerusalem - has been uncovered in the ancient City of David. The opening of the 3,000-year-old tunnel, which was found earlier this year during the ongoing excavations at the site, is just wide enough to allow one person to pass through, but only the first 50 meters are accessible since it is filled with debris and fallen stones, said Dr. Eilat Mazar.

See more about Dr. Mazar here: Dr. Eilat Mazar: The Bible as a Blueprint

James Ossuary hoax case may collapse posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The high-profile trial of two Israeli antiquities experts accused of faking a burial box containing the remains of Jesus' brother and other priceless artifacts faced a humiliating collapse Wednesday after a Jerusalem judge advised the prosecution to consider dropping the proceedings after more than three years in court.

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