Travel and Blogging in May

Today I will be leaving for Israel and the West Bank with a group of students from Butler University. I hope to be sharing photos and updates from the trip here at Exploring Our Matrix, as well as on a blog dedicated specifically to that purpose: From Indianapolis to Israel There is also a Facebook [Read More…]

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Continuity Errors in Tim LaHaye’s Fiction/Theology

Fred Clark continues his insightful and entertaining review of Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist in the Left Behind series. Here is a key point in his most recent post on the subject, after noting a major blunder in the story's consistency: For the fans of these books, though, the stakes are even higher. They have [Read More…]

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Old Jerusalem on Google Maps Street View

I was struck to discover how much of not merely the city of Jerusalem, but even the old city of Jerusalem, can be explored on Google Maps’ street view. Click through and enjoy!   [Read more…]

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The History of Jerusalem’s Most Sacred Site

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First Photos of Jerusalem

James Tabor drew attention to something on the Smithsonian website: a collection of photos of Jerusalem taken in 1844, and thus the earliest photographs of Jerusalem ever taken! Click through to see the others. [Read more…]

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Balforady Tours

The tour guide that I worked with on my last trip to Israel, Baligh Jazy, did a fantastic job. Often a professor has to correct many things a tour guide says, explaining that those things are legends and may not reflect history. Baligh was very different, demonstrating that he was well read on the history [Read More…]

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Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More…]

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Jerusalem IMAX 3D Trailer

I’ve shared it before, but it is worth sharing again, in case anyone missed it. [Read more…]

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Jerusalem in the First Century

This digital recreation of first century Jerusalem was shared by the Huffington Post together with a large number of real photos from modern Israel, all of which I understand are from the long-awaited IMAX movie about Jerusalem. Many of the photos are breathtaking, and so do click through and take a look!   [Read more…]

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Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More…]

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Jesus’ Family and Modern Bethlehem

The blog +972 shared the news earlier today that the Israeli embassy in Ireland had posted a derogatory status update about Palestinians, in connection with Jesus and Mary, on their Facebook page: A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in [Read More…]

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