Archeologists discover oldest known Hebrew inscription
Source: Yahoo! News UK
A clay fragment unearthed in Jerusalem may be the oldest Hebrew inscription ever discovered in the city – and could prove that accounts of the reigns of King David and Solomon are historical fact.
Working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar unearthed a fragment of a ceramic jar, with the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in the city.
A new translation of the text suggests it may actually be in Hebrew and could “prove” events in the Bible are true.
“I work with the Bible in one hand and the tools of excavation in the other,” Mazar has said. “The Bible is the most important historical source.”
Christian-owned companies tie business with faith
Source: NY Times
Hobby Lobby is not alone in identifying itself as a Christian business. In-N-Out Burger, Chick-fil-A, the trucking company Covenant Transport, and the clothing store Forever 21 all call or market themselves as Christian or faith-based.
But what does that mean? To promote a conservative agenda? To insist on certain music in their stores or to print Bible verses on their wrappers? What about bigger questions, like how management treats — and how much it pays — its workers?
Supreme Court to rehear case on prayer at government meetings
Source: Christianity Today Gleanings
The small New York town at the center of the Supreme Court’s first case in decades to address government prayer has two new allies.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has urged the court to uphold the town of Greece’s prayer policy. The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission likewise wants to “prevent judges from becoming theological referees.”
The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in (again) on whether or not prayers before town meetings are constitutional.
Same-sex couple plans to sue for access to a church wedding
Source: Essex Chronicle
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, one half of [the United Kingdom’s] most recognised gay dads, has praised the Queen’s ratification of gay marriage but said it is “bitter sweet” as Christian churches still opt against the ceremony.
The Queen’s approval of the Marriage Bill clears the way for gay marriages, the first of which are expected to be conducted by summer 2014.
But religious organizations will have to “opt in” on performing gay marriages, and the Church of England and Catholic Church are not willing.
“The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church.”
Does spelling still matter?
Source: USA Today
The orthographic schism between the YOLO generation and its elders came into stark relief over the weekend when a Connecticut eighth-grader told his local newspaper that he was “cheated” out of a Jeopardy! victory for “just a spelling error.” The young student scribbled “emanciptation” instead of “emancipation” in answer to a question about the 13th Amendment.
But in an age of auto-correct typing and acronym-adorned texting, is, as 12-year-old Thomas said, a spelling mistake “just” a spelling mistake?
After all, technology has already pocked our punctuation, hampered our handwriting and grated at our grammar. What does it mean for spelling to take a swipe?
A lot, according to those adamant about correctly arranged letters.