Artifacts & Biblical History

Google and the Vatican Work Together so you can Tour the Catacombs in Rome

November 27, 2013

Early Christian burial sites are now easier to see, both in person and via the Internet, thanks to 21st-century technology and collaboration between Google and the Vatican. “This is perhaps the sign of the joining of two extremes, remote antiquity and modernity,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi at a news conference Tuesday at the Catacombs of [...]

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What City Did Paul Love the Best? Probably the Most Corrupt City in the Roman Empire.

October 26, 2013

Today we visited the city with people that Paul loved the most. He wrote four letters to them even though only two remain extant. Paul lived with these these new Christians for 18 months and cared for them above all others. What city could this be? None other than Corinth. Enjoy our video of today’s [...]

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We Looked into the Face of God Today – literally – in Manoppello

June 21, 2013

Today we visited “The Face of God” here in Manoppello Italy. This cloth is woven of mussel shell threads and the face of Christ can clearly be seen at the moment of his coming to life in the resurrection. We talked about it for a half an hour on Sean Herriott’s show on Relevant Radio. [...]

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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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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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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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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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Steve’s Podcast on Biblical Archaeology and Apologetics with Dr. Michael Barber

December 27, 2011

Click on the image below to listen to our podcast. We discussed Bethlehem, the truth of the Bible, and and the birth of Christ. It was a fun and lively discussion. Join us for a virtual tour of Bethlehem.

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Where Was King David Buried? What is the City of David?

December 14, 2011

Scripture tells us that King David was buried in the City of David. Since Scripture refers to both Jerusalem and Bethlehem as “the City of David” some say David was buried in Jerusalem, other suggest he was buried in Bethlehem. In Scripture there are two cities called “The City of David.” The Old Testament (OT) [...]

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