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  • Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    June 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) has expressed concern that a group some SBMF members claim opposes Jewish evangelism was among exhibitors at this year’s June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. During its June 10 annual meeting, the SBMF – which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) …

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  • Ancient biblical coins discovered

    May 30 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Ancient biblical coins discovered

    They’re only 7 millimeters wide, but these coins appear to be a big find. The Temple Mount Sifting Project recently discovered five rare coins dating from the 4th century B.C. This doubles the number unearthed so far and provides some of the earliest evidence of Jewish coin minting in Israel.

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  • Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

    May 15 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

    As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion and celebrated the modern state of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Meanwhile, more than 50 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military as they protested the Donald Trump administration’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

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  • Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

    January 25 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

    A message from one of the untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls may contain a clue to help Bible scholars reconstruct the chronology of Jesus’ final week on earth. Researchers have pieced together and translated 42 encoded fragments of a scroll that explain the structure of a year employed by the Qumran sect.

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  • Nazareth mayor: Christmas events not canceled

    December 19 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nazareth mayor: Christmas events not canceled

    Israeli Arab officials in Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown where an angel announced His incarnation to the virgin Mary, have walked back statements that Christmas celebrations there would be canceled to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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  • Jerusalem: Trump declaration sparks Baptists’ reactions

    December 13 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Jerusalem: Trump declaration sparks Baptists’ reactions

    As violence continued in the Middle East after President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Southern Baptists expressed a range of views on the topic. Former Southern Baptist Convention Presidents Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham were among those to celebrate Trump’s proclamation on Jerusalem.

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  • Protests follow Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

    December 8 2017 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Protests follow Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked condemnation from global leaders and some Islamist groups. Trump announced the decision Dec. 6 and said the United States will relocate its embassy to the city, despite warnings from several global leaders that such a move could worsen regional tensions.

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  • Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals

    December 5 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals

    Older American evangelicals love Israel, but many younger evangelicals simply don’t care, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Three-quarters of evangelicals 65 and older say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel. That drops to 58 percent among younger evangelicals, those 18 to 34.

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  • Location of Jesus’ tomb suggested by scientific dating

    November 30 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Location of Jesus’ tomb suggested by scientific dating

    Scientific dating of ancient mortar in Jerusalem has added to what some scholars call mounting evidence the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was the site of Jesus’ tomb. “Obviously our faith does not rest in external evidences,” said Daniel Warner, associate professor of Old Testament and archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • Archaeologists may have found apostle Peter’s hometown

    August 14 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Archaeologists may have found apostle Peter’s hometown

    Archaeologists believe they may have solved a mystery: the location of Bethsaida, the biblical town that was home to the apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. In addition to its identification as the hometown of three apostles, Bethsaida is mentioned in scripture as the site Jesus healed a blind man and fed the 5,000.

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  • Their Holy Land travels enrich Bible study leaders

    August 1 2017 by Helen Gibson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Their Holy Land travels enrich Bible study leaders

    Not far from the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, a biblically significant artifact sat buried under 2,000 years of dirt and debris. Archaeologists didn’t find it until 2009 when excavating land in Magdala, believed to be the hometown of Mary Magdalene.

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  • Archaeologists discover Solomon-era linens

    July 21 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Archaeologists discover Solomon-era linens

    Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University have unearthed 3,000-year-old dyed wool fabric samples from the time of David and Solomon. The archaeologists discovered the samples at a large, ancient Edomite copper smelting site and nearby temple in the Timna Valley, a desert region in southern Israel.

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  • Archaeologist’s discovery supports Bible’s Gezer account

    July 11 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Archaeologist’s discovery supports Bible’s Gezer account

    A discovery of ancient human remains by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary archaeologists has helped confirm scripture’s portrayal of the city of Gezer in southern Israel. The discovery, unearthed this summer, included remains of two adults and a child inside a building that appeared to have been violently destroyed in the 13th century B.C.

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  • Study spotlights Hispanic Christians’ views on Israel

    June 26 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study spotlights Hispanic Christians’ views on Israel

    Hispanic Christians – evangelicals, mainline Protestants and Catholics – are more likely to say the nation of Israel has the right to exist than the average American, a new study released June 22 shows. They worry about the fate of Christians in the Palestinian territories and sympathize with both Palestinians and Israelis.

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  • Trump’s Israel trip sparks ‘revival of encouragement’

    May 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump’s Israel trip sparks ‘revival of encouragement’

    President Trump’s visit to Israel this week drew praise from some Southern Baptists and led some of them to renew calls for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. During Trump’s May 22-23 visit to Israel, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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