Posts Tagged ‘Middle East history’

A recent announcement in the press says an ancient ring found in Bethlehem ‘belonged to the man who crucified Jesus’.

The man they refer to is actually the Prefect or Governor, Pontius Pilate – so, strictly speaking, not ‘the man crucified Jesus’, but the man who okayed the crucifixion.

The article also added the caveat ‘scientists believe’: as in ‘belonged to the man who crucified Jesus, scientists believe’.

I’m always a little wary of phrases like ‘scientists believe’: it’s a little vague. But maybe I’m getting too hung up on semantics.

In fact, even the idea that Pontius Pilate had Jesus crucified is disputed (there are entire books on that – which I might attempt to touch on again in another post): but that’s a diversion for some other time.

I usually publish a Christmas-related or Christmas-themed article here in the lead-in to Christmas: but I ran out of time this year to think of something good enough, so I’ve just gone with this. Not just the Pilate object, however, but a few other items of Gospel-related archaelogy that have recently cropped up. (more…)

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He walked up to the podium to address the UN General Assembly.
All eyes in the chamber were on the strange, eccentric figure, whose invitation to New York had been the subject of great controversy and coverage. Staring out at all the delegations of world government, he acted out ripping up the UN Charter, calling it “worthless”.

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I recently posted at great length about the origins of Wahhabism (and Zionism) and its influence on today’s bleak and bloody Middle Eastern crisis; and about the Hashemite Arabs that were sidelined from Arabia after the First World War in favour of the Wahhabist Saudis.
As a brief add-on to that post, it is worth turning our attention to the alternate reality that might have come to pass had the relatively moderate Hashemites and not the Wahhabi-spreading Saudis won the prize of Arabia after the war. It is an interesting ‘what if’ of history to wonder how Middle Eastern affairs might have unfolded differently these passed hundred years had the Wahhabits’ jilted elder brothers the Hashemites, beginning with Faisal bin Hussein, been the central Arab royal family and not the Wahhabi-inspired Saudis that we have today.

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