Tuesday, December 20, 2005

One Lie to Rule Them All

On surfing the Net, I found this page on One World Religion, and I had to give it coolness points for cleverness and nice design on a popular theme.

http://www.harpazo.net/One.html

Friday, December 09, 2005

Parsed Greek NT and Septuagint online

I ran across these web links recently and want to spread the surprise around.

The Septuagint is a Greek translation of the Old Testament done by the Jewish people in the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. It is the "Bible" that the apostles and leaders of the early church used, and is quoted often in the New Testament, differing somewhat from a literal quote of the Old Testament in Hebrew.

Here is a link to the New English Translation of the Septuagint, still in progress.

Even better, the page at http://www.zhubert.com/bible offers the Septuagint (Greek OT) and the Greek New Testament, with full parsing, live, online. If you can grok Greek, go there!!

At Hubert's page, hover the mouse over any Greek word in the text. Notice how the lexical form and complete parsing comes up. Click on the word, and you will switch to a "Word Details" page, showing word frequency and much more statistical data of how often that word (or forms of it) appear in the Scripture. Hit the back button when done reading. Then on the navigation bar to the left, select the "Greek" language and one of the Old Testament books, and you will see parsing in the Septuagint, also.

The only thing that's not "live" here is a parsed Hebrew Old Testament, but I'm sure that it's coming. What a great page for poor online Greek students!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Oldest church in Israel discovered

According to this article from Reuters news service, dated Nov. 6, 2005, Israeli archaeologists have discovered what they believe is "the oldest Christian church" in Israel. The location was found while doing excavation to expand a prison. The remains of the structure is tentatively dated at around A.D. 250 to A.D. 320 (mid-third to early fourth century).

The church "was built in the style of a hall, and its mosaic floor contains geometric designs and an image of a fish." But more importantly for Christian theology, the floor also has "inscriptions in ancient Greek containing a reference to ‘the God Jesus Christ’ " (emphasis added).

This stands as one more proof that the belief in the deity of Jesus Christ is traceable to the earliest known Christian communities.