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Clay tablets reveal Babylonians discovered astronomical geometry 1,400 years before Europeans - The Washington

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (6453)

Greetings Disciples,

  Its always interesting that as scientists keep digging, they are uncovering items that dispell what they previously had concluded. Interesting indeed.


Min. E. Lionel Perry

New Scientific Study Explaining Where Water Came from Confirms Biblical Account

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (2865)

New Scientific Study Explaining Where Water Came from Confirms Biblical Account

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, | Thursday, January 07, 2016





A new scientific report has confirmed the Bible’s account of where water on the Earth came from.

The Bible describes how, after God created the Earth, “springs came up from the ground and watered all the land (Genesis 2:6). In the account of the Flood, the Bible also mentions how “the fountains of the great deep burst forth” (Genesis 7:11).

According to Christian Today, the new nine-page scientific study confirms the Bible’s account that water came from within the Earth.

"The ultimate origin of water in the Earth's hydrosphere is in the deep Earth—the mantle," the scientists wrote in their report, as quoted by Christian News.

The researchers came to this conclusion by studying diamonds discovered in Brazil which are believed to have come from deep within the Earth--in the mantle--the layer between the Earth’s surface and its innermost core.

"The presence of hydrous ringwoodite in a diamond from transition-zone depths supports the view that high fluid activity, notably that of water, has a key role in the genesis of ultradeep diamonds," the report explained.

The study also discovered that there is a “major repository for water” located within the mantle, about 250 to 410 miles below the Earth’s surface.

“It's actually the confirmation that there is a very, very large amount of water that's trapped in a really distinct layer in the deep Earth," said Graham Pearson, the research team’s leader. "It translates into a very, very large mass of water, approaching the sort of mass of water that's present in all the world's ocean," he added.

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Archaeologists find the gate to Goliath's hometown

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (9913)

Archaeologists find the gate to Goliath's hometown

Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser staff 9:39 a.m. EDT August 4, 2015

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 6, 2011, volunteers and archeologists work at the excavation site in Tel el-Safi, southern Israel. Archaeologists are piecing together the history of a people remembered chiefly as the bad guys of the Hebrew Bible. The city of Gath, where this year's digging season began this week, is helping scholars paint a more nuanced portrait of the Philistines, who appear in the biblical story as the perennial enemies of the Israelites.(Photo: Ariel Schalit, AP)


 (NEWSER) – An archaeological dig now in its 20th year has uncovered the entrance gate to Gath, the ancient Biblical city of the Philistines and onetime home of the giant Goliath. Before the king of Damascus destroyed it in 830 BCE, Gath was the largest city in the land for hundreds of years, reports the Jerusalem Post. The Bible refers to the massive city gate itself, in the story of David's escape from King Saul to the king of Gath. In addition to the city gate, scientists have also unearthed an "impressive fortification wall," several buildings that include a temple and iron production facility, and what the Post calls the earliest "decipherable" Philistine inscription ever found—which contains two names similar to "Goliath."

"After finding a huge fortification, it’s clearly the most important city of the 10th and ninth centuries," says the archaeologist in charge of the dig, per i24. The long-term dig is part of the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath, a look at the archaeology and history of one of the largest "tells" (aka ancient ruin mounds) in Israel. The area in central Israel, in the Tel Zafit National Park in the Judean Foothills, has been inhabited almost continuously since the 5th millennium BCE, the researchers note in a press release. (Also recently discovered in Israel? A mask unlike any other.)

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Boblical King's Seal discovered in Dump Site

Posted on December 27, 2015 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (3463)

Biblical King's seal discovered in dump site

By Will Heilpern, for CNN

Updated 1645 GMT (0045 HKT) December 4, 2015



The oval bulla -- which is 0.5 inches wide -- is estimated to be 2,700 years old.

Story highlights

• A piece of clay inscribed with the 2,700-year-old seal of King Hezekiah found in Jerusalem

• The seal was probably used by the King himself, according to experts

(CNN)A dump site is the last place you would expect to find an 8th century B.C. seal for a papyrus document signed by one of the kings of Judah.

Perhaps that's why it has taken 2,700 years for the piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah's seal to be discovered in Jerusalem.

It is believed to be the first-ever seal -- also referred to as a "bulla" -- from an Israeli or Judean King to be discovered by archaeologists.

"The seal of the king was so important. It could have been a matter of life or death, so it's hard to believe that anyone else had the permission to use the seal," Eilat Mazar, who directs excavations at the City of David's summit, told CNN.

"Therefore, it's very reasonable to assume we are talking about an impression made by the King himself, using his own ring.

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"This the greatest single item I have ever found," added Mazar -- a third generation archaeologist.

The Ophel excavations were conducted at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

The oval bulla -- which is 0.5 inches wide -- was discovered by a team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Led by Mazar, the team were excavating an ancient dump near the Silwan neighborhood beside the wall that surrounds Jerusalem's Old City.

The site itself, along with the nearby City of David, is contentious, because it is an Israeli archaeological dig in East Jerusalem next to a Palestinian neighborhood. Critics say the dig is politically motivated to extend Jewish claims over East Jerusalem and the Old City: archaeological finds become historical justifications

Watch a video about the Ophel excavations here.

The seal is believed to have been discarded from a royal building, with the rubbish.



 The impression on the clay bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script that translates as: "Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah."

It features a two-winged sun, with wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life.

Other bullas bearing the name of King Hezekiah have been seen on the antiquities market. However, the others are not as important because they were not found by archaeologists and therefore may not be genuine, according to Mazar.

What we know about King Hezekiah

"The bible describes King Hezekiah as one of the most important kings after King David," said Mazar.

"He was rich, daring, stood up against Assyrians. A very impressive king," she added.

King Hezekiah -- who reigned from about 727 to 698 B.C. -- is certainly portrayed favorably in the Bible. The Book of Kings II 18:5 says of Hezekiah: "... after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among them that were before him."

It has been claimed that Hezekiah dedicated his reign to the reversal of the "idolatry" of his father. However, Hezekiah's newly discovered private seal, which bears the name of his father, suggests that Hezekiah valued this link.