A screenshot of a section from the Temple Scroll, one of five Dead Sea Scrolls made accessible online thanks to a partnership between Israel's national museum and web giant Google. Click the picture above to view the slideshow.
The scrolls available online were purchased by Israeli researchers between 1947 and 1967. They were originally found by Bedouin shepherds in the Judean Desert.
They are held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Google is also working with Israel to make the first comprehensive and searchable database of the broader collection of scrolls.
Bible reading plans walk you through the entire Bible over the course of a year. Most of the reading plans start on January 1, but don’t wait to begin at the first of the next year. When each plan ends, it cycles back to the beginning so that you can start over or catch up on what you missed. Below is a partial list of ESV’s Bible reading plans, so choose one and get ready for the incredible journey of reading through the entire Bible, one day at a time!
ESVbible provides multiple ways to use the Bible reading plans. You can subscribe through RSS so that the daily update comes directly into your web browser, download the .ics file and upload it to your calendar program to keep track of where you are, upload it to your mobile device, or print it to keep in hard copy or to hand out to others. The printout makes a great bulletin insert for your congregation. You can also have a plan emailed daily to you. Reading through the Bible is a profitable experience, and these plans can help you do it!
At the opening of the fifth century, in the person of the British monk, Pelagius. The novelty of the doctrine which he taught is repeatedly asserted by Augustine, and is evident to the historian; but it consisted not in the emphasis that he laid on free will, but rather in the fact that, in emphasizing free will, he denied the ruin of the race and the necessity of grace. This was not only new in Christianity; it was even anti-Christian. Jerome, as well as Augustine, saw this at the time, and speaks of Pelagianism as the ‘heresy of Pythagoras and Zeno’;and modern writers of the various schools have more or less fully recognized it. Thus Dean Milman thinks that ‘the greater part’ of Pelagius’ letter to Demetrias ‘might have been written by an ancient academic’; and Bishop Hefele openly declares that their fundamental doctrine, ‘that man is virtuous entirely of his own merit, not of the gift of grace,’ seems to him ‘to be a rehabilitation of the general heathen view of the world,’ and compares with it Cicero’s words:’For gold, lands, and all the blessings of life, we have to return thanks to the Gods; but no one ever returned thanks to God for virtue.’ The struggle with Pelagianism was thus in reality a struggle for the very foundations of Christianity; and even more dangerously than in the previous theological and Christological controversies, here the practical substance of Christianity was in jeopardy. The real question at issue was whether there was any need for Christianity at all; whether by his own power man might not attain eternal felicity; whether the function of Christianity was to save, or only to render an eternity of happiness more easily attainable by man.
Brian Auten, director of Reasonable Faith, reads through his short book Read Along with Apologetics315 about Logical Fallacies (based on the book Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Douglas Groothuis) in audio format. Auten goes through 67 various logical fallacies that Christians might face while engaging in debate or in making a defense for the gospel. Each explanation is around one to two minutes long and is formatted for easy mental digestion:
Name of the fallacy
Definition of the fallacy
One or two examples of the fallacy
Proof of the fallacy to show how to identify and maneuver around it.
This short, but powerful, website can be helpful for students of logic of every caliber, whether you are learning the art of logic for the first time, or need a reminder of terms to keep your mental sword sharp.
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”. Part of being prepared is knowing how people twist the truth and create arguments against the true Word of God. Believers must be equip to “… destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (1Cor 10:5).
This ossuary is thought to reveal the home of Caiaphas' family.
Rare inscriptions on a 2,000-year-old burial box may provide fresh insight to the death of Jesus Christ, researchers said.
Called an ossuary, the limestone box could reveal the home of Caiaphas, the high priest involved in the crucifixion of Jesus. The Israel Antiquities Authority, which confiscated the ossuary from looters three years ago, passed it along to Prof. Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology who led the authentication effort.
“Beyond any reasonable doubt, the inscription is authentic,” Goren said, after conducting a thorough examination of the limestone box, which boasts decorative rosettes in addition to the inscription.
Goren’s findings mean the unusually descriptive inscription sheds light on one of the men behind Jesus’ death. The full inscription reads: “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphus, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri,” naming the deceased within the context of three generations and a potential location.
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