Hanukkah hikers find rare 2nd Temple-era etchings of menorah and cross

While out exploring during the festival, spelunkers uncover ancient limestone carving of seven-branched menorah, a cross and other etchings dating to late Roman, Byzantine periods

Source: Hanukkah hikers find rare 2nd Temple-era etchings of menorah and cross | The Times of Israel

Jesus Was A Socialist

CHR Comment: Here is a pretty bad example of historical writing. At least the author starts out by admitting that his argument does not describe actual history. His point is that some people, nearly two thousands years after the Gospels were written, saw points of correspondence between some teachings of Jesus and some aspects of socialism.

Source: Jesus Was A Socialist | The Huffington Post

Remembering Thomas Oden

Tom saw as his primary task the discernment of how the Holy Spirit was leading the church and how, in his role as a pastor and academic, he might fit into the Spirit’s leading.

CHR Comment: Oden became a leading proponent for studying and valuing the history of biblical interpretation as a guide for interpretation and application of the Bible today.

Source: Remembering Thomas Oden | Joel Elowsky | First Things

Christianity Today Article

Ezekiel’s Wheel and African Spiritual

CHR Comment: The Article describes the significance of wheel imagery in west central African culture, which connected with the wheel imagery in the Bible to form an important topic of African Christian spirituality. One might also remember that Christianity was known in Africa from ancient times due to the presence of Coptic and Ethiopian Christianity. An interesting study would be to learn whether views from these Christian traditions were spread to central and west Africa, seeding the later conversion of Africans after they encountered Western Christianity. For example, are there artifacts from African forms of Christianity that show up outside the Egyptian and Ethiopian regions?

New York Times


‘Burial slab’ of Jesus found in Jerusalem church

Researchers recently uncovered a stone burial slab which many believe Jesus Christ’s body may have been laid on after his death.

CHR Comment: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built in AD 325 during the reign of Constantine and is the traditional site where Jesus was buried.

Source: ‘Burial slab’ of Jesus found in Jerusalem church

Here is a link directly to a National Geographic story.

Here is a link to the Washington Post story.