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Woman's Lost Bible Returned After 40 Years

It was a cherished gift from her late father

(Newser) - A little sleuthing and a little luck has resulted in a Tennessee woman getting back a Bible she lost in 1972. But as the Tennessean explains, it wasn't just any Bible to Deborah Savely. Her dad had given it to her as a girl a decade previously, and he... More »

China Creating New 'Theology' for Christians

One that will 'better integrate with Chinese culture,' says an official

(Newser) - The number of Christians in China is on the rise, a fact that's making the country's control-freak atheistic government quite nervous and causing tensions between police and worshipers. To address this issue, state media reports that China is creating its own Christian-based theology that will conform more closely... More »

Hobby Lobby Family Plans $800M Bible Museum in DC

Critics fear project is attempt to influence Congress

(Newser) - Fresh from winning their battle against ObamaCare's birth control mandate , the evangelical Christian family behind Hobby Lobby has a new project: A huge museum in Washington, DC, devoted to the Bible. Steve Green, president of the chain of craft stores and son of its founder, has spent tens of... More »

Cops: Bus Driver Lied About Bible Stopping Bullets

Investigators say Ohio man staged gang attack

(Newser) - Ohio bus driver Rickey Wagoner wasn't really saved by his Bible in a supposed Feb. 24 gang attack, police say—but he probably does need some kind of help. Investigators now believe the Dayton driver staged the attack by stabbing himself, shooting himself in the arm, and firing two... More »

Biblical Story of Abraham Cited in Murder

'God never told me to stop,' suspect's note reads

(Newser) - A Florida woman is facing murder charges in a slaying that she suggested was partially motivated by the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, authorities say. Kimberly Lucas, 40, allegedly killed her ex-partner's 2-year-old daughter, and then unsuccessfully tried to kill both the girl's 10-year-old brother and herself,... More »

Archaeologist: Here's King David's Citadel

Reports fuel Israel-Palestine controversy

(Newser) - An Israeli archaeologist says he's discovered a citadel once captured by the Biblical King David, fueling controversy over his methods and the Israel-Palestine divide. "The whole site we can compare to the Bible perfectly," Eli Shukron says of the find, which emerged in a dig that started... More »

Goodwill Reunites Family With 1812 Heirloom Bible

An employee's search turns up NJ descendant

(Newser) - A centuries-old heirloom Bible has found its way back into family hands thanks to a dedicated Goodwill employee. After the 1812 Bible, originally published in England, turned up in a box of donations at a Denver location, Goodwill's Chief People Officer Joyce Schlose knew she had to track down... More »

Scholar Finds 9 More Dead Sea Scrolls

Experts will unravel, analyze the tiny parchments

(Newser) - They may be small, but they're still Dead Sea Scrolls—and no one knows what they contain. An Israeli scholar has discovered nine tiny parchments amid the thousands of world-famous scrolls and scroll fragments that date back to the second century BCE, the Times of Israel reports. Dr. Yonatan... More »

New Testament Takes 2 Bullets for Bus Driver

Police say there was 'some kind of intervention'

(Newser) - Cops say "some kind of intervention" saved a bus driver in Dayton, Ohio, who was shot three times in an apparently random attack yesterday. Ricky Wagoner, 49, had a religious text called "The Message"—a modern translation of the New Testament—in his front pocket, which stopped... More »

Camel Bones Challenge the Bible's Timeline

Study: It was written much later than the events it describes

(Newser) - A set of bones—and not human ones, at that—is "challenging the Bible's historicity," say two Tel-Aviv University researchers. Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef and Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen have carbon-dated the oldest known domesticated camel bones found in the southern Levant, where Israel sits, and what they discovered... More »

Pottery Shard May Vindicate Bible: Scholar

Ancient 'Ophel inscription' could prove the story of King Solomon

(Newser) - An ancient pottery shard seems to support the Biblical story of King Solomon and shows he was running a pretty complex operation 3,000 years ago—at least according to one Israeli scholar. "We are dealing here with real kings, and the kingdom of David and Solomon was a... More »

Babylonian Tablet 'Confirms' Noah's Ark, With a Twist

The boat was round, says expert at the British Museum

(Newser) - Anyone seeking alternate versions of the Noah's Ark tale need look no further than Babylonian cuneiform tablets. One, discovered in 1872, pre-dated the Bible and told its own Ark story. Now a tablet has arrived at the British Museum that actually describes how to build the ark, according to... More »

Bible Is Actually OK With Birth Control

Hardliners are interpreting it incorrectly: Elissa Strauss

(Newser) - If there's one thing we've learned from all the controversy surrounding ObamaCare, it's that the Bible is against birth control —right? Actually, not so much, writes Elissa Strauss in Salon . In truth, the Bible makes "both direct references and thinly veiled allusions to women using... More »

Costco Sorry About Labeling Bible 'Fiction'

Pastor spotted it, raised a stink

(Newser) - Costco is trying to wriggle out of an inadvertent theological debate it entered this week with an apology. The flap began when a pastor in California's Simi Valley spotted a Bible for sale with a label of "fiction," reports the LA Times . After Caleb Kaltenbach's resulting... More »

Thief Returns Stolen Bible 42 Years Later

German man's conscience finally got the best of him

(Newser) - A church in England got an unusual package in the mail recently—a 200-year-old Bible stolen 42 years ago. It seems the thief was a German man who took an English language course in the East Sussex church, but he found the class to be a useless waste of money,... More »

Archaeologists: We've Found King David's Palace

Site unveiled near Jerusalem

(Newser) - Archaeologists have made a discovery of Biblical proportions: They say newly excavated ruins near Jerusalem are "the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David." Extensive digging has unveiled a pair of structures, one of which may have been a palace belonging to the... More »

Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments for Sale

Family who first sold them is now selling scraps, much to Israel's displeasure

(Newser) - Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale—in tiny pieces. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers—fragments the family says it has kept... More »

NY Man Done Writing Out Entire Bible

Amen.

(Newser) - It took him four years, but Phillip Patterson now has serious cause to throw around a couple of hallelujahs: The Upstate New York man yesterday finished his mammoth project of writing out the entire Bible by hand , reports the AP . "Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all... More »

NY Man Writes Out Entire Bible

Project has taken him four years

(Newser) - In the beginning, Phillip Patterson decided to write out every word in the Bible. Four years and 2,400 pages later, the unlikely scribe plans to finish his task on Saturday, and the AP shares his story. Imagine who you think might be behind such a feat, estimated at 788,... More »

Creationist: $10K to Anyone Who Can Disprove Genesis

Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo launches creationism challenge

(Newser) - A California creationist believes the Biblical book of Genesis is a literal account of the universe's origins—and he's putting his money where his mouth is. Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo is offering $10,000 to anyone who can successfully disprove a literal interpretation, using science, in front of a... More »

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