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Esther lived in Iran

I just finished a book called “DNA & Tradition”, by Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman.  The book discusses evidence of Hebrew DNA, and talks about the science and religion of Judaism.  As part of the discussion, I learned these interesting facts. The oldest diaspora communities are in Assyria, later conquered by Babylonia (now modern-day Iraq) and Persia […]

Inscription on Bowl Refers to Christ

I found this interesting article at MSNBC which references a recently discovered artifact.  It’s not exactly the Holy Grail, but it dates from the time of Christ.  The full engraving on the bowl reads, “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,” which has been interpreted by the excavation team to mean either, “by Christ the magician” or, “the […]

Joshua’s Unholy War

When most of us hear the word “jihad” or “holy war”, we immediately know that a jihad is not what God wants.  Most of us feel the same when we hear the word “crusade.”  Really, does anyone think God wants people to fight in his name? In the book of Joshua, Joshua claims to be […]

Gnosticism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi Library

My previous post comments had drifted off topic, so I thought I’d post a new topic along those lines. Gnosticism means “secret knowledge.”  This is not to be confused with the term Agnostic, which means “without knowledge.”  Typically, Agnostic people are without knowledge of God.  Some are atheists, but not all.  Agnostics typically are ambivalent […]

Significance of Cohen Haplotype

I’m certainly no DNA expert. But here’s some thoughts anyway. First of all, finding any sort of Hebrew DNA anywhere in the Americas certainly gives critics of the Book of Mormon pause, as it directly refutes some of their arguments. But how important is this discovery? Let’s talk about the name Cohen first. As I […]

The Exodus and the Book of Mormon

I recently came across a blog of Zelph, who is struggling with some tough issues in Mormonism.  I also posted a comment in The Milk Ceiling about the Exodus.  I thought I would address some of these issues. Too often, I think we have a concrete view of religion.  Either something is true, or it […]

Have the Lost 10 Tribes been found?

Ok, I probably won’t get too many comments on this, but it is an interesting topic for me. For some quick background, I previously posted on this topic. I recently purchased a copy of “Quest for the Lost Tribes” by Simcha Jacobovichi. In this documentary, he tries to make a case where he identifies most […]