Current Events Articles: May 2009

Ancient Christian Graffiti posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A fascinating session at last year’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Boston was dedicated to graffiti, especially early Christian graffiti in Izmir (ancient Smyrna), Turkey. But what counts as graffiti? Does the word “graffito” imply something clandestine, something possibly illegal, like the defacing of a building by modern graffiti artists in major American cities?

Ancient First Temple Artifacts Uncovered in Jerusalem posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Archaeologists from Israel’s Antiquities Authority (IAA) have revealed two important artifacts recently discovered in Jerusalem, both dating from the First Temple Period (800-700 BC).

Israel News Photo: (Vladimir Naykhin)

Israel News Photo: (Mariana Salzberger/IAA)

ABR Represented at Christian Homeschool Association of PA Convention posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

On the weekend of May 8-9, 2009, ABR was represented at the Christian Homeschool Assocation of PA Convention. This is the first year we participated in this event. As ABR Director of Outreach, I had the pleasure of interacting with dozens of parents and kids interested in the ministry of ABR, the reliability of the Bible and various archaeological subjects. Many people had never heard of ABR, so we praise God that we made new friends who we can equip to defend the faith and teach their children that the Bible can be trusted. Please pray for ABR as we plan to expand our outreach to more of these important events in the future.


Ida: The Missing Link at Last? posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Does Ida actually support “the evolution of early primates, and, ultimately, modern human beings,” as one news outlet reported? This fossil will probably be pictured in all the textbooks for the next 100 years. So while the media rush may at first be a bid to promote the documentary and book, the ultimate result is one more trumped-up “missing link” presented to future generations as evidence of evolution.

Dinosaur soft tissue and protein—even more confirmation! posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Creationists were fascinated, and evolutionists mostly skeptical, when evolutionist Dr Mary Schweitzer claimed in the 1990s that an unfossilized piece of T. rex bone contained red blood cells. Further, that there was immunological and spectroscopic evidence of the presence of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein that gives red blood cells their colour.

Then in 2005, Schweitzer announced a further sensational discovery in a different T.rex bone. After the mineral matrix was dissolved, what remained were structures with all the appearance of soft tissue, still soft and stretchy. Some of these appeared to be transparent branching blood vessels, with a substance inside them containing further structures looking just like nucleated red blood cells, and able to be squeezed out of the vessels like toothpaste.

Noah was born and buried in Nakhchivan, the republic’s head believes posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Biblical prophet Noah was born and buried in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan, chair of the republican Supreme Majlis Vasif Talybov claims. “Nakhchyvan has an old history. This district is rich in monuments that are our national heritage. The most precious treasure the district has granted to the world is great historical personality - prophet Noah, this district is his Motherland,” he said at international symposium Prophet Noah, the Flood and Nakhchivan.

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