Category Archives: News

More on the Qumran Latrines

Ha’aretz has an article on the Qumran Latrines by Ran Shapira (“The hidden latrines of the Essenes“) that is worth a gander. Here is an excerpt: Anthropologist Joe Zias, of the Hebrew University Science and Archaeology Department, recently found positive … Continue reading

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Bono, the Red Campaign, and Advanced Capitalism

By now everyone has heard about Bono’s latest “Red Campaign” to raise awareness and money for AIDs relief in Africa. It’s been everywhere — in the news, and more importantly, on Oprah (if you haven’t heard about it yet, then … Continue reading

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Dead Sea Scrolls in Canada? I Hope So!

When the travelling Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit was beginning its rounds in the United States, I emailed the curator of the Royal Alberta Museum here in Edmonton about trying to get the exhibit up here in Canada. I received in … Continue reading

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The Christmas (His)Story

Ever wonder about the historical accuracy of the Nativity Story? There are a couple recent news articles on this very topic. Most recently, Yahoo!News issued a press release on the topic (“Professor Shows Accuracy of Bible’s Christmas Story, Debunks Popular … Continue reading

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Cameron and Jacobovici producing The Tomb

According to a news release on CNW Group, filmmakers James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici (of The Exodus Decoded fame) have wrapped production on The Tomb (working title), a new biblical documentary-drama about the life of Jesus (at least that is … Continue reading

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Verhoeven’s “Christ, the Man”?

Cinema Blend is reporting a rumour that Paul Verhoeven, director and Jesus-Seminar member, is planning on making a Jesus film. I have heard this rumour before, but it seems that this rumour may have some basis in reality: The rumor … Continue reading

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Hebrew or Israeli? Linguistics and Zionism

Reuters has an article by Dan Williams (no relation) on maverick scholar Ghil’ad Zuckermann, entitled, “Hebrew or Israeli? Linguist stirs Zionist debate.” Zuckermann argues that modern Hebrew should be renamed “Israeli” and give up any claim to pure descent from … Continue reading

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How Historically Accurate is the Bible?

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel offers a couple responses to the question, “How Historically Accurate is the Bible?” The first response is by an orthodox rabbi who believes “completely in the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible” on the basis of … Continue reading

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Jesus Doll Rejected and Spurned by Marines

Associated Press is carrying an article about how the Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots program rejected and spurned a donation of 4,000 Talking Jesus Dolls. Here is an excerpt: A suburban Los Angeles company offered to donate 4,000 of the … Continue reading

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2007 Rugby World Cup Tickets On Sale

So, if you are thinking of buying me a Christmas present, you can always buy me some tickets to the 2007 Rugby World Cup since tickets go on sale today. Of course, you would have to buy me airplane tickets … Continue reading

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