Latest Early Christianity Stories

2012-02-29 04:05:09

The archaeological examination by robotic camera of an intact first century tomb in Jerusalem has revealed a set of limestone Jewish ossuaries or "bone boxes" that are engraved with a rare Greek inscription and a unique iconographic image that the scholars involved identify as distinctly Christian. The four-line Greek inscription on one ossuary refers to God "raising up" someone and a carved image found on an adjacent ossuary shows what appears to be a large fish with a human stick figure...

2011-12-13 23:05:29

When the story of Jesus known as The Gospel of Mark began to circulate as a written text in the ancient Mediterranean cities, it became engaged in a form of negotiation with the Roman imperial culture. A newly published dissertation from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) shows, however, that a European colonial heritage probably has caused biblical scholars to neglect the earliest Gospel's primary act of negotiation with its imperial context. Biblical scholar Hans Leander has...

2010-06-23 06:07:41

Using new laser technology, art restoration experts and archaeologists have discovered what they believe are the oldest paintings of Jesus Christ's apostles. The images were found in a section of the catacombs of St Tecla near St Paul's Basilica, near ancient Rome. The team said they were painted sometime around the end of the 4th century or start of the 5th century. Archaeologists believe the images may have been among those that have influenced later depictions of the faces of Christ's...

2008-09-09 03:00:08

By Scirghi, Thomas J A SOCIOLOGICAL HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. By Martin D. Stringer. New York: Cambridge University, 2005. Pp. viii + 268. $75; $29.99. Martin Stringer lectures in sociology and anthropology of religion at the University of Birmingham. Through a social anthropological lens, he presents a history of the liturgy. According to S., two principles have defined the general shape of liturgical history. The first is an emphasis on those texts from the past that provide the most...

2008-06-12 11:44:34

Archaeologists have unearthed a cave underneath one of the world's oldest churches in Jordan, which they believe to have been used as a site for early Christian rituals.The cave was discovered by archaeologist Abdel-Qader al-Housan, head of the Rihab Center for Archaeological Studies, after three months of excavation. It lies under Saint Georgeous's Church, which is considered by some to have been built in the year 230, though it is often disputed. The church underneath could have been built...

Word of the Day
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.