Smack in the middle of Times Square and Broadway in New York City, the Discovery Museum has been displaying this ancient, Hebrew literature since last October.
The ancient, 2,000 year-old Hebrew scrolls were accidentally discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin boy high above the Israel Dead Sea in a number of caves. The Dead Sea Scrolls reveal the history of the Jewish Second Temple period (520 B.C.E.-70 C.E.), particularly from the second century B.C.E. until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. – a time of crucial developments in the crystallization of the monotheistic religions.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a vivid testament to the life, times, community and legal heritage of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.
In a world filled with blatant propaganda and lies by the Palestinian Authority (PA), Iran, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, it is refreshing to view upon these well preserved documents that speak of community and values by Jews who lived in biblical Israel.
These Jewish documents contain numerous copies of books from the Hebrew Bible, written in Hebrew, not Arabic!
How can Arabs or the UN declare that Israel, the West Bank or Gaza is occupied land when these documents were written over 600 years before the prophet Muhammad, before there was anything called Islam or Palestine?
These Jewish documents contain numerous copies of books from the Hebrew Bible, written in Hebrew, not Arabic!” Read more.
According to Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News’ reporters, following the continued arrests of Iranian Christians, Iranian security authorities invaded a residential building used as house church on 8 February 2012, and arrested 10 Christian converts gathered there to worship.
These believers who had gathered in a home to hold a worship service were arrested and transferred to an unknown location using a police vehicle.
The location of the detainees is still unknown despite their family’s efforts. The authorities refuse to give any information in this regard.
Although precise details are still not available in this respect, the report from Mohabat News indicates that a man called Mojtaba Hosseini is among the people arrested. He was also arrested on 11 May, 2008 together with 8 other Christian converts on charges of having a Christian faith. Security officials had asked the then 21 year old, Mojtaba Hosseini to renounce his faith and collaborate with the Intelligence office.
It is also noteworthy that last month reports were published regarding the arrest of a number of Christians in the AOG church of Ahwaz including the pastor of the church and two other church members.
Today, the pressures and security measures implemented by the Islamic Republic against churches in Iran have resulted in the closure of churches in which services were being held in Farsi. The other churches which are allowed to remain open, are obliged by order of the Intelligence Ministry to prevent Farsi speakers from entering their churches. In spite of all these circumstances, when people from other religious backgrounds embrace Christianity, they feel the need to gather in small groups in their homes and dedicate their own personal houses for worship services. The Islamic Republic of Iran considers such groups security and spying tools for the west.” Source – Mohabat News.
“A story in today’s International Herald Tribune (read here on the New York Times website) provides an interesting insight into exactly what happens when a secular state is taken over by Islamists. The piece concerned the Hagia Sophia of Iznik, an ancient church that brought 40,000 tourists to the town south of Istanbul much to the delight of the locals. Iznik was once known as Nicaea, and it was there the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church met at the Hagia Sophia in the year 325. But the Islamist government of Turkey has put a damper on the prosperity of those who profited from the museum by formally converting the building into a mosque.
Of course, after the Muslim conquest of the Byzantine Empire, all churches in the region were turned into mosques, with the most conspicuous example being the majestic Hagia Sophia of Constantinople (now Istanbul). But unlike that more famous site, which was registered as a museum when Turkey became a secular republic, the one in Iznik was never formally named as such, though it served in that function and had not been used as a mosque in well over a century. The ruling AKP party of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the initiative to reinstitute Muslim-only worship at the place, much to the dismay of the Muslim residents of the town who point out there was no shortage of mosques there. But to the AKP, the ancient surge to plant the flag of Islam over the ruins of other cultures is more important than tourism.
The irony here is the Turkish Ministry of Culture had been hoping to promote the place to increase its share of tourists from Europe and elsewhere, especially those interested in the considerable Christian heritage of the region. But like the abortive effort to entice Americans to go to Turkey to see the place where the original Saint Nicholas lived during their Christmas holidays, the AKP’s intolerance trumps other considerations.
While people in the town are appalled at this turn of events, it appears the decision came straight from the top…” Read more.
Church in Nigeria is ‘Systematically, Deliberately and Progressively Being Eliminated’ by Muslim Extremists
“The Church of England’s ruling body called this week on the Government to ‘do all it can’ to support the protection of religious minorities in Nigeria.
In an address to General Synod, the Bishop of Durham the Rt Rev Justin Welby said violence in Nigeria had become ‘pervasive’.
‘[We are here] to consider the fate of a church that in the north of Nigeria is systematically, deliberately and progressively being eliminated,’ he said.
While he acknowledged that some attacks were being committed against Muslims, he said the ‘vast majority’ of the violence was being directed at Christians.
Nigeria is split roughly between a largely Muslim north and predominantly Christian south. Churches and Christian communities in the north have come under increasing attack from Islamic militant group Boko Haram.
Dozens of people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in Nigeria on Christmas Day. Targets included St Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla.
In the weeks that followed, dozens more Christians were killed in an attack on a church in Gombe and a town hall meeting in Mubi.
The scale of the violence has caused thousands of people to flee to the south.
A report to Synod warned that the church in the north east of the country in particular had received ‘little protection, if any’.
Many Anglican churches in Jos and Kaduna have been burned down and the Bishop of Damaturu is presently in hiding further south.
‘His flock is scattered, his church destroyed,’ said Bishop Welby.
‘It is too dangerous for him to return and there is little sign at present of that changing.’” Read more.
I normally don’t care to share these type of rumors, but given the fact that North Korea is the biggest non-Muslim persecutor of Christians, it’s worth a mention. I’ll update the post once confirmed if this is fact or (likely) faked …
Update: It’s fake …
The Chinese micro-blogging service Weibo has exploded with rumors that new North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated today at the North Korean embassy in Beijing. Twitter death rumors are totally cross-cultural.
Here’s one version of the rumor, cleaned up from the crappy Google translation:
According to reliable sources, North Korean leader [Kim Jong-Un was killed] in Beijing in February 10 2012, at 2 o’clock and 45 minutes. Unknown persons broke into his residence shot and were subsequently shot and killed by the bodyguard.
Official Internet Rule: Any (Chinese) Twitter post that begins with ‘according to reliable source’ is almost certainly fake. But this hasn’t stopped Chinese netizens from speculating that the killing was a military coup, and posting blurry pictures purporting to show an unusual number of vehicles parked at the North Korean embassy. ChinaSMACK staff writer Joe Xu suggests reports of large number of cars at the embassy may have sparked the rumor. ‘Rumors like this pop up every other week,’ he writes on Twitter.
We will only know Kim Jong-Un’s fate for sure when a new picture of him looking at things emerges.” Read more.