[Sticky] WIN a Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library Worth $790

Logos Bible Software has graciously offered to provide a Complete Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library to one lucky reader of God and the Machine. The package is worth $790, and you can read more about it here. I’ve written an overview of the software, and an update on some recent additions. Click on this link to enter the contest via the [Read More...]

First Ancient Proof of Bethlehem’s Existence Discovered UPDATED

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This is huge news, which is made even more wonderful since it comes from such a tiny object. In an excavation in the City of David (the most historically important area of Jerusalem), a tiny bulla was found imprinted with the words “Bat Lechem,” the ancient name for Bethlehem. (A bulla is a seal, usually made [Read More...]

Where I Am Today

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I’m in Philly visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times for a story in the National Catholic Register. I’ll post some initial reactions when I return, and a link to the story when it’s published. Here’s the official line: The Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times [Read More...]

More on the Megiddo Hoard

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I posted on this yesterday, but more information is coming out of Tel Aviv University. First, there’s this excellent picture of the jar’s contents, which date from about 1100BC: Next, there’s a long press release from the University, with more details on the jar, its discovery and analysis, and significance. I’ll embed the whole thing after the [Read More...]

A Pair of Holy Land Discoveries

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It’s amazing that new things are still emerging from Holy Land sites and discoveries. After a hundred years of excavations at Tel Megiddo, archaeologists have just discovered a hidden vessel containing gold and silver jewelry wrapped in cloth.  The objects date from about 1100BC, and include a unique gold earring decorated with either ibex or wild [Read More...]

Convicting the World: Today’s Reading From John

Today’s Gospel reading is John 16:5-11, which includes a remarkably enigmatic passage spoke by Christ during his long discourse at the last supper. Here is the full text of the reading: 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have [Read More...]

New Artifacts Illuminate the Design of Solomon’s Temple UPDATED

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From a story in the Jerusalem Post: A Hebrew University archeologist has discovered artifacts from a 3,000 year old community that have created a new understanding of how Solomon’s Temple was built, the university announced on Monday. Professor Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, revealed models of [Read More...]

“Lord, what about this man?”

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Raphael, Christ’s Charge to Peter During class Sunday night, I went through the resurrection accounts with my students, and spent some time on the three appearances of Christ to the apostles in John. These are enigmatic passages which some consider late additions, and one of the most unusual is this exchange between St. Peter and the risen [Read More...]


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