2750 Year Old Temple Found near Jerusalem?

Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple near Jerusalem, along with pottery and clay figurines that suggest the site was the home base for a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The discovery was made during excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, during preparations for work on a new section of Israeli’s Highway 1, the agency said in a statement. “The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in


1st Maccabees – The Stand – Repost 2012

Image via Wikipedia This is a repost, as are the other ones from Hanukkah. This one has been amended, however, to reflect my stances now. I’ve noticed a lot of changes that I had to redo – and no biggie. More than anything, I’ve come to be okay with my acceptance of First Maccabees. I was born this way. While reading Thomas Cahills’s Desire of the Everlasting Hills, I took great thought from his section on the oppression of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes. Too many times, more conservative believers simply take the canon handed to them and accept

Religion and Politics

Obama insists on God restored to the DNC platform – Why? #dnc2012

The floor of the Democratic National Convention erupted Wednesday over a sudden move to restore to the platform a reference to “God” and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — after heavy criticism from Republicans for initially omitting them. …. A senior campaign official told Fox News that President Obama personally intervened to change the language in both cases. On the “God” reference, the official said the president’s response was “why did it change in the first place?” In the section referencing “God,” the change effectively restored language that had been in the 2008 platform. It now says: “We


Herod not the great builder?

Contrary to long-standing belief, Herod the Great did not finish the walls of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Israeli archeologists have said. For decades it had been thought the 1st century BCE biblical king had both started and completed the second Jewish Biblical Temple, including the walls holding up the artificial platform on which it stood…. ….Herod, known by many Christians for massacring the infants of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, according to the New Testament, is thought to have died in 4 AD. But Israeli archeologists told a news conference in Jerusalem he could not have finished his

Religion and Politics

Excerpts of John L. O’Sullivan’s “Manifest Destiny” (1839)

I am involved in a group currently discussing the role of the Ideal Jerusalem in American Political History. Part of the conversation, as it must, turned to the idea of manifest destiny. Was it purely economic or was there a divine mission for the American people? Of course, as many Americans believed and continue to believe, the American people are Anglo-Saxons, and nothing else. The role of God and the idea of the New Jerusalem has played a role in our Republic. If we deny that, we ignore history and let the Religious Right take this foundation and the

Religion and Politics

Something is going on at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

I am seeing it fly across twitter, but not much news is being reported. Supposedly: The occupation forces stormed enhanced the old town in large numbers and spread in the alleys and lanes. Without knowing the reason for this procedure until the moment  at the same time, the forces, reinforced storm the area of Ras al-Amud and the campaign of sweeps and home searches.  and within the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a number of police officers, the occupation and the intelligence to roam in the streets of the mosque and share ideas about the plan did not know its content until

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater on the Glenn Beck Messianic Rally

Glenn Beck is a fundamentalist-extremist. His upcoming rally, on Aug. 24, “Restoring Courage” in Jerusalem is nothing more than a media-driven, money-making, self-serving, end-of-times messianic-lunacy circus show, and that is the very last thing Jerusalem and Israel need at this moment. I wish that I could dismiss Beck’s rally as not worthy of comment, but with so many Americans — including, to my sheer amazement, some Jews — following Beck’s entertainment programs, coupled with his multimillion-dollar wealth, unfortunately Beck has to be taken seriously. Not as a thinker, but as a political phenomenon whose words influence others and thus