Palestinians Need Philistine DNA Match to Get their State

This week's issue of Christianity Today magazine has an article entitled, "Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2016." It says the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon archaeology team's discovery and announcement of a mass graveyard at the ancient Philistine city of Ashkelon is the fourth most important archaeological discovery in 2016. But I think it could become number 1.As I've posted before, the main intent of this team is to get DNA from some of these approximately 210 Philistine … [Read more...]

Did the Doomsday Clock Just Move Closer to Midnight?

No. But after what happened Thursday, it appears it could happen soon.The Doomsday Clock was created two years after the catastrophe in which the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. The wikipedia article on The Doomsday Clock begins, "The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that represents a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g., nuclear war or climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists . . . … [Read more...]

Must We Believe in the Virgin Birth to be Saved?

The Christian faith, to a certain extent, is propositional. That is, the New Testament says we must believe in Jesus or believe in his name to be saved from our sins, thus forgiven by God, and thereby be given salvation. For example, Peter preached to the Jews about "the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth," saying, "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved" (Acts 4.10, 12; cf. 10.43). (All scripture citations are from … [Read more...]

Jesus As Son of Man Was Isaiah’s Suffering Servant

A week ago I posted “Jesus Was Daniel’s Suffering Son of Man.” I wrote, "Among those modern scholars who reject that Daniel’s “one like a son of man” refers to Jesus, many of them do so because Daniel 7 [v. 13] does not depict this figure as coming to earth or, more importantly, as suffering and dying, which latter Jesus did. . . . And as for Daniel 7 not saying this “one like a son of man” will experience suffering and death, this also is implied since so many of these saints in Daniel 7 are per … [Read more...]

Facebook to Rescue the Truth

Something called "fake news" has been growing quickly on the Internet. It's getting so Internet users don't know what's fake and what's true regarding what's happening. To make matters worse, more than half of Americans are now getting their news from social media on the Internet, especially from Facebook and its News Feed. And fewer Americans are getting their news from television broadcasts. Most alarming, I think, is that only 10% of Americans get their news from newspapers. Actually, that's … [Read more...]

Most Americans Say Abolish the Electoral College

Tomorrow, the electors of the Electoral College will meet in all fifty states of our union to decide who will become president on inauguration day, January 20th, next year.I think the Electoral College is antiquated and that it should be abolished. (See my post, "The Electoral College Is a Farce.")In this century, Americans have twice elected a president--George W. Bush and Donald Trump--who won at least the required 270 electoral votes to become president despite the fact that the defeated … [Read more...]

Trump Picks Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Yesterday, Republican and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump named David M. Friedman as his choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel. Friedman--a Jew who speaks Hebrew fluently--is a bankruptcy lawyer with no diplomatic experience. He also has been an outspoken opponent of the two-state solution. He suggests it would not be against international law for Israel to unilaterally annex the entire West Bank. And Mr. Friedman strongly advocates moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.During … [Read more...]

Jesus Was Daniel’s Suffering Son of Man

My favorite biblical study is Son of Man Study. First of all, it is because Jesus identified himself often as "the son of man." In my book The Gospel (a single narrative harmony of the four New Testament gospels that is in my book The Gospels Interwoven), I have Jesus referring to himself 38 times as "the son of man." In contrast, he never actually identifies himself expressly as "the messiah" until the end, when he answers positively Caiphas' question before the Sanhedrin as to whether or not … [Read more...]