- - Friday, September 23, 2016

(1) Evidence of ancient Christianity discovered in Kazakhstan | Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

This discovery is the first archaeological evidence for a Christian community in the borders of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This discovery supports the understanding of ancient Kazakhstan as a multi-cultural center between the East and West, with Muslims, Buddhists and Christians living among the local herdsmen and nomadic tribes.

(2) University of Kentucky team’s scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.

The passages from the Book of Leviticus, scholars say, offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back 2,000 years.

The discovery, announced in a Science Advances journal article by researchers in Kentucky and Jerusalem on Wednesday, was made using “virtual unwrapping,” a 3D digital analysis of an X-ray scan. Researchers say it is the first time they have been able to read the text of an ancient scroll without having to physically open it.

(3) Trump names heavyweight group of Catholic advisers

Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, who has struggled with Catholic voters in some polls, on Wednesday named an advisory council of respected conservative Catholic leaders. The list of 33 advisors includes prominent Pennsylvanians, such as former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012 and 2016; Faith Whittlesey, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and a high-ranking political official in the Reagan White House; and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, Republican of Butler.

…The list of Catholic heavyweights signing on to advise Trump includes Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List; Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Francis Rooney, former ambassador to the Vatican and the GOP nominee in Florida’s 19th U.S. House district; Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union; former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating (R); U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, Republican of Ohio; Jim Nicholson, former Republican national chairman, secretary of veterans affairs and ambassador to the Vatican; longtime conservative leader Richard Viguerie; and Tom Monaghan of Michigan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and the Ave Maria University.

The other advisers:

Sean Fieler, President, Chiaroscuro Foundation

Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Chris Slattery, Founder & President, Expectant Mother Care

Rep. Andrew Harris, (R.,Md.)

Janet Morana, Co-Founder, Silent No More Campaign

John Klink, President Emeritus, International Catholic Migration Commission

Marjorie Murphy Campbell, Founder & Publisher, New Feminism

Deacon Keith Fournier, Chairman, Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance

Tony Maas, President & CEO of JTM Food Group

Patrick Walsh, Former Chief Secretary and Attache, US Embassy, Dublin, Ireland

Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate, Board Member, American Conservative Union

Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family and Human Rights

Angela Flood, Former Director, Secretariat of Communications, Archdiocese of Washington

Lou Murray, New York Life financial consultant

Lisa Bourne, journalist, LifeSiteNews

Rep. Steve Chabot (R., Ohio).

Ed Martin, President, Eagle Forum

Chuck Mifsud, President, Catholics for Ohio

Mark Corallo, Founder, Corallo Media Strategies

Jay Shepard, RNC National Committeeman, Vermont

Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.)

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