Artifacts & Biblical History

Mary and the Other Body of Christ; Visiting the Upper Room (Pentecost May 19)

May 12, 2013

The room was pretty full. It was warm but a gentle breeze was blowing—that would change. There was fear in the room. The Roman army was a thing to be feared, they had just crucified Jesus and it was a dangerous thing to associates of an executed criminal. They were also anxious about the promise. [...]

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Entering the Empty Tomb; A Contrast – Now and Back Then (our 1st group arriving in Israel today)

April 22, 2013

It looks different today, but the place is the same. It is darker now, covered with a dome that blocks the sun. There is no grass, no hillside, no trees waving their leaves nearby.   Instead there are the hushed voices of hundreds of people, the Muslim call to prayer echoing in the distance and the [...]

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Again Walking on Holy Ground; By the Way, What Makes Ground Holy?

April 21, 2013

We arrived early to set things up; our group arrives Monday!!! ******************************* And God said, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Holy ground? What holy ground? This was a harsh wilderness. Vultures circled above during the day and hyenas prowled at night. There were no church [...]

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Turin Shroud ‘is not a medieval forgery’

April 1, 2013

Are we surprised? I am not! Read intriguing article here. Watch the video here. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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My Show with Sean Herriott on Baptism of Jesus

January 9, 2013

I just finished a radio interview with Sean Herriott. I promised to post an article on Archaeology I wrote entitled The Stones Cry Out: How Archaeology Proves the Truth of the Bible. Click here or on the image to the right to read the article and see all the pictures and illustrations. To read my [...]

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Corinth is My Favorite: Day 10

November 3, 2012

Three parts today. Tour of Corinth and outdoor Mass where Paul stood. Second are my talks at exciting places and third Dr. Hahn’s talk and more. PART ONE STEVE’S ENTHUSIATIC TEACHING ON SITE HERE. PART THREE HERE.

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‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ papyrus is a fake fragment, Vatican says Editorial in Holy See’s official newspaper declares it to be a ‘clumsy forgery’

September 29, 2012

Like I said a week ago, this had to be a forgery if not a heretical document written by the gnostics back on the 4th century. Catholics should be prepared for repeated reports (assaults) like this. Here is the article about the Vatican’s comments on the fake document suggesting that Jesus had a wife.  By Naomi [...]

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Did Jesus Have a Wife? Scholarly Reviews of the Papyrus Fragment

September 21, 2012

Peter Williams, the Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England, just sent out this evaluation of the manuscript discovery that to some people suggests Jesus was married. It also includes the evaluation by Dr. Simon Gathercole, another expert in these matters. Dr. Darrell Bock has also weighed in on this issue. “The Web is by [...]

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Join Me Hiking 6.4 Miles thru Jerusalem’s Holy Sites Watching the Sun Come Up

September 16, 2012

I woke up a little after 4:00 AM and thought, “Why lay awake when I can explore the holy sites of Jerusalem before the sun comes up and see the sun rise over the city?” So, I jumped up, dressed, put on my running shoes and took off. I planned this out as if it [...]

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Cut off His Head! John the Baptist

August 29, 2012

Beheading of John the Baptist August 29 Why was John so special? He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first of the New. He was the first to proclaim the news that Jesus was the Messiah, the Lamb of God. He was 100% from the lineage of Aaron the High Priest. [...]

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How Much Can a Camel Drink?

June 15, 2012

Since we are in Israel and riding camels, I thought I would post some fun and interesting facts. I recently wrote the Bible Study on Genesis for www.CatholicScriptureStudy.com. In chapter 24 Abraham sends his unnamed servant to find a bride for his son Isaac. The servant prays to God and asks, ”Whichever girl at the well [...]

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“Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?” – Resources about Communion of the Saints

May 30, 2012

I compiled a list of Catechism, Scripture and quotes from the early Church Fathers and even archaeology to assist in understanding the Communion of Saints. You can download the source material here. Sample: Who should carry the most weight—Protestant pastors protesting Catholic theology today or pastors from the early Church who have the words of [...]

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Do New Discoveries Confirm Truth of Scripture? I Think So.

May 11, 2012

Archaeological discoveries tell us a great deal about our ancestors. And now, in light of some recent discoveries in Israel, they may also provide corroboratory evidence for descriptions presented in the Old Testament. For quite some time, Biblical historians have been working diligently to better understand the city of Judah during the time of King [...]

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The Shroud of Turin: A Poem by Joe Marmion, one of our pilgrims to Turin

April 5, 2012

The Shroud of Turin Ascension Thursday May 2010 by Joe Marmion To see the face of Christ, to see the wounds he suffered, the wounds of the scourging were particularly visible as dots and dashes all over His body. Not an I blinded eye came to read the silent summation of your dying on that [...]

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Obama, Contraception and the Early Church Fathers

February 17, 2012

Despite what some commentators and politicians think, Church teaching on abortion and contraception has remained unchanged. By FATHER MITCH PACWA SJ, 02/16/2012 (copied from National Catholic Register) The recent indignity by which the Obama administration wants to mandate everyone, including all Catholic institutions or their insurers, to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, has [...]

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Meet St. Paul as he Writes to the Romans; A Brief Study

January 11, 2012

I love St. Paul and love to write about him and his epistles. I also enjoyed traveling through six countries filming his life story and theology. St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans is often seen as impossible to understand except by theologians and most skip right over this masterpiece. With hopes that you will take [...]

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