Was the Temple Menorah taken to Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem

Today we can find lots of remains in Rome which are of particular interest for Christians, like the Arch of Titus, built in 81 C.E. by the emperor Domitian, which still stands on the main processional street of ancient Rome (Via Sacra). The relief panels of the Arch of Titus, still standing at the entrance to […]

From Jewish Christians to Gentiles and origin of Christianity

For almost two hundred years after the impalement of Christ, Roman cities are entirely devoid of any trace of early Christians; to date, no one has ever found any object that’s been plausibly connected to them. Some archaeologist and historians think that  many of Jesus’ followers — men and women who lived in the first, […]

Laodicean Christians compromising their faith

At the early stage of the Jesus’ movement, the followers of Jesus where considered a Jewish sect and as Jews they where exempt from the requirements of emperor worship (as part of the Pax Romana). In the beginning composed almost entirely of Jews there did not seem a problem for the Roman rulers. However, as […]

Dr. Hugh Houghton brought to light earliest Latin analysis of the Gospels which makes it clear that Bible has not to be taken literally

Dr Hugh Houghton, of the University of Birmingham, after an Austrian colleague read about an anonymous manuscript in Cologne Cathedral Library, digitised by the University of Salzburg in 2012, in a local newspaper and told him about it. The work thought to have been copied out by a scholar in around 800, more than 400 […]

New Testament Political Figures: The Evidence

Regularly Christians are questioned about the existence of the Biblical figures, whilst those asking the questions do not doubt the existence of so many other historical figures where there is less written about and less findings discovered. Concerning the Ancient times and writings in the Hebrew Scriptures we do have archaeologic proof of 53 people […]

Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

Jill Katz on urban anthropology in the capitals of Israel and Judah Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem had a lot in common in the ninth and eighth centuries B.C.E. Both were part of David and Solomon’s United Kingdom of Israel in the tenth century, and both became capitals when it split into the southern kingdom of […]

The Samaria Ivories—Phoenician or Israelite?

From the moment they were discovered, the Samaria ivories created fanfare. Recently some scholars have challenged the long-accepted assumption about the ivories’ origins. When the Samaria ivories were first excavated, they were immediately explained as Phoenician products and, therefore, considered foreign to their discovery site, Samaria. However, there is currently no archaeological evidence to indicate […]