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National Geographic - The Secret Bible

The Secret Bible

American documentary from 2005. The series puts Christianity secrets under the microscope and want to find out what is truth and what is fiction in the case of three substances and phenomena originating in the Bible: Knights Templar, Jesus rivals and the apocalypse.

Defending the Faith: Jerusalem's disputed Temple Mount

Looking out onto the Mount of Olives from the Old City in Jerusalem in April 2011 .. The Dome of the Rock is visible in the foreground on the Temple Mount and, on the horizon, is the tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension.
Looking out onto the Mount of Olives from the Old City in Jerusalem in April 2011 .. The Dome of the Rock is visible in the foreground on the Temple Mount and, on the horizon, is the tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension.

Contention between Israeli Jews and Palestinians Stretches back nearly a century, with little hope of resolution. In the past few months, however, the conflict has increasingly focused on a struggle for control of the Temple Mount.

The site of Solomon's Temple and, later, of Herod's temple at the time of Jesus has been a sacred place for over 3,000 years. The original Jewish Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 70 BC Rebuilt Years Later, the temple endured another six centuries as the center of Jewish spiritual life Until The Romans destroyed it in AD 70 amidst a Jewish rebellion. The surviving Jews were scattered and havebeen left without a temple for Almost 2,000 years.

When the Holy Land was Christianized in the early fourth century by the order of the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine, monumental churches were built throughout it, including the Holy Sepulcher over the traditional tomb of Jesus. However, the Temple Mount was intentionally left desolate as a sign of the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy That not one stone of the temple would be left standing. And so it remained for three centuries, visited by pilgrims Following in Jesus Christ's footsteps, but unadorned by any Christian shrine.

Thus, When the Arab Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 638 under the Caliph Umar, They were entered into a treaty to protect the Christian and Jewish holy places in the city. Searching for a location in Jerusalem to construct a mosque for the new Muslim community, the Arabs naturally turned to the large space left empty by the Christians on the Old Temple Mount. Soon the Arabs had built not only the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayer and worship, but Also a new shrine. Known as the Dome of the Rock, The Sanctuary is one of the great architectural achievements of the Islamic world. It commemorated the biblical Temple of Solomon and the place where Jesus taught and Performed miracles - Both of whichwere described in the Quran and accepted by Muslims as authentic sacred history. In addition, Muslims believed That Muhammad had visited the Temple Mount of Jerusalem in vision, ascending from there into heaven.

Apart from a century of Christian rule over the Crusaders, the Temple Mount remained in Muslim hands for the next 13 centuries. Jews were given locations on the fringes of the Temple Mount for prayers, Which Eventually developed into the Western Wall.

The Israeli conquest of Palestine and East Jerusalem in 1967 friendlyness of the Temple Mount in Jewish hands again for the first time in 1,400 years. Although some Israelis at the time agitated for permanent occupation of the Temple Mount and destruction of the Muslim shrines there, the Israeli government Decided to leave Muslim Authorities in charge of the area. Indeed, the rabbinic leaders of Israel forbade Jews from entering the Temple Mount lest They unintentionally profane the sacred precincts where, of according to Jewish law, only priests Could enter.

Throughout the medieval period of Muslim dominance in Jerusalem, the Jewish messianic expectations were of two minds Regarding the rebuilding of the Temple. One maintained That When The Messiah came, he would rebuild the temple as a sign of his divine authority. The other tradition held That the temple must be rebuilt by the Jews in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. These two traditions - Which Could be called the quietist and activist - still exist Among Jews today. Activist Jews thus believe That Israel must expel the Muslims from the Temple Mount, destroy the Dome of the Rock and rebuild the "Third Temple" to prepare the way for the Messiah.

For decades, These Third Temple movements havebeen preparing and agitating for the rebuilding of the temple, going so far as to make utensils, furnishings and priestly robes for use in the coming sanctuary. Every year, on Jewish holy days, These groups have attempted to Force Their Way onto the Temple Mount to pray, and have consistently been turned away by Israeli security forces.

In Recent months, however, Increasing numbers of Jews have Begun Wider agitation for the right to ascend the Temple Mount to pray, in violation of the early 1967 status quo agreement Regarding the site. Palestinian Muslims have reacted with bothering demonstration and violence, and with the threat of a Potentially new "intifada" (uprising). Thus, despite Isaiah's prophecy That the Temple Mount Should be "a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56: 7; Mark 11: 17), It remains a source of discord and conflict.

22746Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, founder, Chairman of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" and a Blogger Patheos. His views do not Necessarily represent Those of BYU.

Raiders of the Bible's origin

Jeff Rose

Part of 1 2. The archaeologist and historian Dr. Jeff Rose looks at the "bible hunters" who searched the Bible's historical origins and regularity in the last century. Bible texts were questioned by biblical scholars and archaeologists who sought its historical origins in Egypt. Bible's historical credibility was at stake and the bold "bible hunters" risked their lives for their discoveries, discoveries that threatened to shake the foundations of Christianity.

Part of 2 2. Around the turn 1900 were a committed group of the oldest biblical manuscripts that were hidden in Egypt. There were some discoveries, such as the strange zodiacs, hymns to the Egyptian sun god and heretical Christian texts. These historical texts threatened kristendomes most literal Bible reader.

One can see the programs on SVT Play for a short time only, but for those who want to see the latter as is without Swedish subtitles on YouTube.

Dr. Jeff Rose is an archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in the prehistory, palaeoenvironments, genetics, and religious traditions of the Middle East.
Jeff holds a BA in Classics, MAs in bothering Archaeology and Anthropology, and a PhD in Anthropology and over the past 25 years, he has Conducted archaeological fieldwork across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Since 2002, he has directed an Ongoing Research Project in Dhofar, southern Oman and in recognition of his discoveries, he was inducted as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer into 2012.

BBC. Bible Hunters 1 of 2. The Search for Bible Truth
Revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who traveled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Their discoveries would shed the controversial new light on the Christian origins and the story of the Bible.


BBC. Bible Hunters 1 of 2. The Search for the Lost Gospels
Revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who traveled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Discoveries included strange zodiacs, hymns to Egypt's solar god, and heretical Christian texts. The finds threatened to shake the foundations of Christianity.


DN and CNN notes that Joseph Smith had many wives


Say what you want about news in newspapers, but now pay attention to the DN that Joseph Smith had many wives. Large headlines and everything is sensational when DN writes:

"Mormon Church recognizes for the first time that its founder had almost 40 wives, the youngest only 14 years old."

Even CNN is celebrating today that Smith had several wives, and even those have gotten the idea that the Mormon Church has not said anything about this before. Hmm .. and what about the source criticism really?

"Smith's marital history had been the subject of frequent-historical debate, but Until recently Mormon leaders had taken pains to present its founding prophet as happily married to one woman. Now, the church says, "Careful Estimates put the number between 30 and 40. '"

It's good to write about this, but so very new is not really information. But perhaps it is news for those, who knows. It seems that some members of the Mormon Church, nor knew that Smith had several wives, and then I'm a bit surprised actually. Do they only attended church occasionally and not been doing self-study?

We can do family history and see it in the FamilySearch if you want, and then you see also Joseph Smith wives. So the question is how things are with the members genealogy really.

For those who want to read in the Church's material available on the Internet, and there are quite a few that are there, so you can get information about Smith had multiple wives. It is plainly in the Institute's book.

"Moreover, Joseph Smith and the Church were to accept the principle of plural marriage as part of the restoration of all things (see v. 45). Accustomed to Conventional marriage patterns, the Prophet was at first understandably reluctant to engage in this new practice. Due to a lack of historical documentation, we do not know what his early Attempts were to Comply with the commandment in Ohio. His first recorded plural marriage in Nauvoo was to Louisa Beaman; it was Performed by Bishop Joseph B. Noble on April 5 1841.12During the next three years Joseph took additional plural wives in accordance with the Lord's commands. "

Social Trinitarianism - Mormons way to interpret the Trinity


The latest 50 years, innovative theologians tried to describe the Catholic doctrine of the Trinity from 325 of Nicaea in a more modern way. The world picture has changed, and in doing so we need a new way to describe the Godhead, that God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.

What not many theologians think of is that Joseph Smith was truly a pioneer in this, and he described it during his lifetime. But at the time was that his revelation little too magstark for contemporary theologians. The result for JS was that he was painted black in the media and the vernacular, he was persecuted and eventually he was murdered. Even some of his followers had to suffer a lot, and some of them were murdered too.

Would the same thing happen today? Probably not, because nowadays it is quite common to hear of people have encountered angels, and both the one and the other says he met Jesus.

Time has caught up with JS now, and now so do you call the entire social Trinitarianism. There are some different interpretations (classes) of the Social Trinitarianism, and the Mormon Church would think that God the Father can manifest themselves physically if he wants and have the desire with it.

Below are some videos from a person who believes in social Trinitarianism. This is Steve Thomason, which is a modern Lutheran theologian who is doing his PhD. In his interpretation of social Trinitarianism may God the Father does not manifest itself physically (Mormons believe that God the Father can). It seems so anyway when I look at his nice video that is well worth watching. He explains the theology through animation.

When he talks about God is infinite and that we humans are finite, so are the consequences of the fall as he speaks. The wages of sin is death, but Jesus Christ, we are lost people. Jesus' atoning work was that all people will be resurrected and receive an immortal body and with this be able to exist forever, but to get some of God's life required that we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. There is a big difference between having an immortal body and exist forever and to take part of Jesus Christ's eternal life.

I hope that you understand the difference, for it is immense. If you live a life without Jesus, it is one's own power, strength and knowledge to rely on, but if you live a life where Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, it is his power, strength and knowledge that you can get to portion of. We choose people ourselves, we have the freedom to choose how we want it.

I have previously written about the social Trinitarianism, and it is always relevant to us Mormons as we are so often misunderstood by other Christians just completely unnecessarily.