Tag Archives: New Testament

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Google, in conjunction with the Israeli Museum, has made a chunk of the Dead Sea Scrolls available online. You can view the the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls here.

However, while many people have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, few actually know what they are or why they are important.

This month’s Biblical Archaeology Review highlights the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls including who wrote them, where they were placed, how they were discovered, and their relevance to Biblical Scholars.

Read more in their article “Where Were the Dead Sea Scrolls Found and Who Put Them There?”

Ossuary Could Identify Final Resting Place of the Family of Caiaphas

Biblical scholarship and archaeology is all a twitter (literally and figuratively) over a new ossuary authentication as belonging to the family of Caiaphas. The full inscription reads: “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphus, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri.”

Ossuary forgeries are common place in Israel and, especially with the recent high profile case of the “Ossuary of James,” professional antiquities dealers, collectors, and scholars are often hesitant to identify historically relevant boxes. Still, Profesor Goren of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology feels confident of its identity.

To learn more about this finding, read the full article at Science Daily.

Stanford University – the Historical Jesus

An amazing look at the historical figure that was Jesus Christ. Leading New Testament Scholars and Biblical Historians present this Stanford Continuing Education course. You can download the lectures free on iTunes U at this link.

This is an interesting over-view of a potentially controversial topic – addressing the historical, rather than religious, view a man who has impacted civilizations, kings, and empires.