Bible Archaeology

Top Ten Biblical Archaeology Discoveries of 2013

Christianity Today lists them:

1. The Egyptian Scarab of Khirbet el-Maqatir
2. Jezreel Winepress
3. The Wine Cellar of Tel Kabri
4. Royal Public Buildings at Khirbet Qeiyafa
5. The Sphinx of Hazor
6. Gold Hoard Found Near the Temple Mount
7. Roman Legion Base in Galilee
8. Mt. Zion Priestly Mansion
9. An Extra Destruction Level at Gezer
10. Stone pyramid under the Sea of Galilee

More here.



Journalist Disguised as a Priest Tries to Access Michael Schumacher

This sort of callous behaviour really infuriates me…

A person dressed as a priest, reportedly a journalist, tried to approach Michael Schumacher, who is in a coma and critical after a ski accident in France, his manager said Tuesday.

“There have been several interesting incidents here at the hospital,” Sabine Kehm told reporters in the Alpine city of Grenoble, where the Formula One legend is being treated following his off-piste accident on Sunday.

“There apparently was a person dressed-up as a priest, who tried to get near Michael. I am asking everyone to let the doctors work and leave the family spend peaceful time with Michael.”

Responding to a question as to whether the priest was a journalist, she said: “It’s what I was told… We have clearly noted that people are trying to get beyond the press room here in the clinic. It’s revolting, in my opinion.”

Schumacher has been a coma since Sunday, when he was helicoptered to hospital after slamming his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the upmarket resort of Meribel with his son.

Doctors said on Tuesday that after a second operation to remove bleeding from his brain, he showed slight improvement but remained in a critical and fragile state.

Our prayers are with him.



Happy New Year

To all the faithful readers here (from-a-of-late-not-so-faithful-blogger) : I’m not sure that the coming year will be much different – blog wise that is – from the latter part of 2013… With a lot (read: mountain) of academic work lying ahead for 2014 (and God willing, even a new direction in ministry) the blogging will surely be the first to suffer as a result. But I have truly come to love this vehicle (the blog) of Gospel work, and despite the negativity one so frequently encounters on an open forum such as this, from the blog stats and the many positive e-mails I receive, it is clear that there are those out there that appreciate the posts going out.

So to you and yours, I’m praying that your 2014 will be special and blessed. As we move forward into that which lies ahead, let it be in faith, trusting the ever guiding hand of our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. For He alone can fulfil the deepest desires of our hearts!

Behold I make all things new!

– (Rev. 21:5)