"The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning"
The living creatures of the land, sea and air were created by the LORD (see By Him Were All Things Created and The Christian Universe) because it was "good."The LORD does nothing in vain. The humans, that were created after the other living creatures, were given "dominion" (keep that word in mind, as we will come back to it a little later) over them.
"1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:20-28 KJV)
Humans are subject to physical death (see The Postponement Of Death) - the same as the animals. The "spirit" described in the verses below ("who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth"), in the actual Hebrew, refers to the "breath of life," from the LORD, that all living creatures, human and animal, depend upon for every second of their life. It's more than just physical breath alone (see What Makes Physical Life Possible?). READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Yes a complete new translation by Bob Barney of the Holy Bible - in the order it is meant to be read - and in the order JESUS read (at least in the Old Testament), with every word of Jesus in RED- including in the OLD TESTAMENT!
Luckily, we haven't run out of oil, but we have exhausted our supply of 70s fashion.
For the next 24 hours, the media will assault us with tales of imminent disaster that always accompany the annual Earth Day Doom & Gloom Extravaganza.
Ignore them. They’ll be wrong. We’re confident in saying that because they’ve always been wrong. And always will be.
Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, spectacularly wrong predictions made on the occasion of Earth Day 1970.
“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” • Kenneth Watt, ecologist
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” • George Wald, Harvard Biologist
“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” • Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” • New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” • Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University
“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” • Life Magazine, January 1970
“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Stanford's Paul Ehrlich announces that the sky is falling.
“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.” • Martin Litton, Sierra Club director
“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” • Sen. Gaylord Nelson
“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist
Keep these predictions in mind when you hear the same predictions made today. They’ve been making the same predictions for 39 years. And they’re going to continue making them until…well…forever.
Here we are, 39 years later and the economy sucks, but the ecology’s fine. In factthis planet is doing a lot better than the planet on which those green lunatics live.
Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. Begun in 1970, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. It is the global platform for the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing the Earth to warm and the basis of the environmental movement’s ceaseless efforts to reduce the use of energy for any reason.
Carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has been increasing, but the Earth has been cooling due to reduced solar radiation. CO2 has virtually no relationship to the climate except to show up well after a significant change has occurred.
On April 18, the Wall Street Journal reported that the International Energy Agency had announced that, despite spending “more than $2 trillion in investment into renewable-energy projects…the world had made almost no progress over the past 20 years in reducing the carbon content of its energy supplies.” It has never needed reduction. How many hospitals, schools, bridges, and other useful things that could have been built instead?
Moonhole is located on the island of Bequia and consists of a collection of villas that offer spectacular sea views. The unique cluster of stone homes were built in the 1960s by a couple who sought to create their dream Caribbean retreat. Living in the front house (left) they built the surrounding villas (top and bottom right) for friends who wanted to enjoy their own slice of paradise. Now five of the villas are available for adventurous holidaymakers to rent. The ultimate Robinson Crusoe retreat: Castaway at a Caribbean island hideaway built under a volcanic arch
Since Americans first heard the term global warming in the 1970s, the weather has actually improved for most people living in the U.S. But it won't always be that way, according to a new study.
Research shows Americans typically — and perhaps unsurprisingly — like warmer winters and dislike hot, humid summers. And they reveal their weather preferences by moving to areas with conditions they like best.
The changing of America, by the guy who HATES AMERICA!
On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Tubman would replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman in more than a century and first African American to grace the front of a paper note. Jackson will be featured on the back of the bill alongside an image of the White House.
In another twist, Alexander Hamilton got a reprieve. Initially targeted for replacement by a woman on the $10 bill, Hamilton's reputation was burnished by an unlikely smash Broadway play and his case pressed by outraged historians pointing to his seminal role in creating the nation's first central bank.
Treasury's announcement followed almost a year of heated public debate, shaped by social media and history alike.
Even former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke weighed in, pressing Hamilton's case on his blog. Bernanke wrote Wednesday that Tubman was an “excellent and deserving choice” while Hamilton had a better claim than any to stay on a bill.
Lew said the final concept designs of new $20, $10 and $5 bills are scheduled to be completed and unveiled by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
While many Americans believe their elected representatives in Washington are nothing more than a bunch of pickpocketing shysters intoxicated by the influence of powerful lobbyists, the solution – as radical as it might sound – might just be to put more people in office.
I propose we amend the Constitution to add even more members to Congress – and I mean dramatically more.
When our founding fathers built the country on a representative form of government, they intended the masses to have a democratic voice. They sought to make one government body controlled by the majority of voters; hence, the House of Representatives, the people's voice in government.
The sole purpose for this branch of Congress was to ensure that the majority of the voting populace had a say in government actions. That's why House members have the shortest term in office, at two years.
While there's no doubt the framers of the Constitution were brilliant planners, they did not foresee the eventual size and scope of America, especially in terms of population growth. In a way, the population explosion has become the Achilles heel of our republic.
The Encyclopedia of World History states "Following the establishment of the new constitutional order, the U.S. population increased from 3.9 million in 1790 to 9.6 million in 1820. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 added the nearly 2 million people who occupied the nine new states and three territories west of the Appalachian Mountains. The nation's urban population increased from less than 550,000 in 1820 to 1.8 million in 1840. By 1870, when the U.S. population reached nearly 40 million, about 25 percent of the total lived in cities, as the urban population grew more rapidly than the population as a whole."
When founding fathers originally assigned 435 members for the House, they were delegating one member for roughly every 8,900 people. Of this amount, only 900-1,000 could actually vote. Keep in mind, only land-owning men over 21 had that right – not women, not children, not minorities. No wonder we read about Davy Crockett walking his district to press the flesh with his electorate. He could easily meet every man that voted for him, a far cry from today where the average congressman meets only a small fraction of constituents.
Today, a House member may represent a half-million or more citizens in his district, with another 150,000 eligible to vote. With such a ratio, do you think your congressperson really cares one whit about your personal opinions? If members do their job correctly, they've already neutralized your vote through gerrymandering.
Politicians quickly learn it's not their constituents they need to worry about, but rather, money. And to get that cash, they cozy up to the people and corporations that have it. The result? Taxation without representation for the vast majority of voters! The same issue that helped spark the American Revolution.
If a constitutional amendment were passed to put the House back to the same representation level as in 1789 (one House member per 1,000 voters), we'd actually need 202,000 members. I'm not suggesting we adopt that large a figure, but if we took the population ratio of 1789 – 8,900 per district – we would still need 20,000 House members. Can you start to see how much more important a vote was to Davy Crockett than one is today?
My compromise is that we set up a new Congress based on the idea that a congressperson has districts of only 50,000 registered voters (that would get the voter registration drives up) and that the number of House members are not limited. The 2000 census indicates the U.S. has 130 million registered voters and another 73 million more adults not registered.
To make the math easier, let's assume that we would have 150 million registered voters after the new law goes into effect. That would equate to about 3,000 representatives. Now before you laugh, remember we've had at times ten times that number of people in the Pentagon alone. These 3,000 could meet in a new building, pass laws, do the business of government and then send their bills to the Senate.
It sounds simplistic, but it would put government back into the hands of the common man. Corporations cannot buy 3,000 votes. Citizens would personally know their congressman again, like in olden times. Neighborhood leaders would find themselves elected to Congress. Local issues would have weight again in Washington, and the special-interest groups would be relegated to spending their time and money on senators and the president.
The new system has an added bonus when it comes to presidential elections.
The Electoral College would increase by almost 2,600 voters where suburbs and rural areas would have a greater weight in elections than they do today. You'd find White House wannabes meeting more voters in person. Look at the map of the 2000 presidential contest. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that George W. Bush carried the majority of the land mass of America. Granted, large cities would acquire many more House members, but so would the large suburbs that surround the cities.
Finally, our forefathers never envisioned full-time lobbying, not to mention a full-time Congress.
Lobbyists have had a larger influence on our government than any of the framers ever envisioned. On both the far right and the far left, a few powerful groups have held the vast majority of Americans in bondage. It's especially true in the Senate, where large unpopulated states have far more representation than larger states, and lobbyists have an easier time getting their agendas made into laws. A stronger House would better control a much too-powerful Senate.
So, by shifting the balance of power back to the voters, we'd return our country back to what our founding fathers initially envisioned: a land of free persons who can control their destiny through the ballot box and not the rifle.
A new online portal would let scientists access vast amounts of genomic data from patients involved in heart, lung, blood and sleep research studies.
The hub, called GenPort, is supposed to help researchers look into the results of several studies at once, tracking individuals in different trials who might share the same characteristics, known as “synthetic cohorts.”
WASHINGTON – A letter from a U.S. Capitol Police officer contains a series of bombshell revelations in the case of Miriam Carey, the unarmed, black, single mother who, with her one-year-old daughter in tow, was chased and gunned down by federal agents in the heart of the nation’s capital, after apparently doing nothing more than making a wrong turn at the White House.
The letter reveals:
Capitol Police officers believe Carey was murdered.
Officers on the scene were made to change their statements.
Officers had never seen an investigation handled in that fashion.
Officers expected the government to stonewall inquiries into the case.
The Capitol Police chief and assistant chief were so uncomfortable with the case that the former considered resigning and the latter actually did.
The letter was sent anonymously in a U.S. Capitol Police envelope to Carey family attorney Eric Sanders, who then provided it to WND. The attorney, a former New York Police Department officer himself, said the author of the letter is definitely a Capitol Police officer speaking on behalf of other such officers who “know inside details only an employee would know.”
The dirty dark secrets of inside Republican politics is being exposed
Ted Cruz boasted Monday morning that he has won 'landslides' in the last five states to award Republican convention delegates, even though only one of those states held a popular-vote election.
'There have been a total of five states that have voted in the last three weeks,' he claimed during a town hall event on 'Good Morning America.'
'In those states, starting with Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Wyoming, 1.3 million people voted in those states. And he lost all five. We have won five in a row, and Donald's upset so he's throwing a fit.'
Cruz reiterated moments later that in 'five states in a row, we've won landslides over and over and over again.'
Women have a 1.5 times more chance to be raped by a cop than by the entire male US population!
Police Departments Ignore Rampant Sexual Assault by Officers
By Bob Barney
According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal. The rate of accusations for the general public is 28.7 per 100,000 general public. When corrected for gender these numbers tell us that there are 1.5 times more accusations of sexual assualt among male law enforcement officers than among the general male population. The fact that rapists seem to be concentrated among a group of armed individuals who have the purported authority to detain and arrest other individuals should be more than a little alarming for even the most prolific police bootlicker. In just the last month, several stories of officers committing disgusting crimes have been in the news. (source).
The Plain Truth has uncovered a shocking expose of facts on just how horrible the situation has become. No longer are American policemen the bastion of decency and moralism. There was a time, wIn-Texhen any child, woman or man in trouble could depend that the person that they could run to in times of trouble wore a blue uniform and carried a badge. No longer. We have reported the multitude of unnecsseray police assaults, shootings and brutality that most patriotic Americans simply will not face up to. They watch the glorification of the police force on Fox News, and anyone willing to call attention to the problem are branded anti-American liberals. I am not liberal, I am more conservative than any personality on Fox News, but I do see brutality and unconstitutional acts of policemen when I see them! Unfortunately, I see these stories every day.
A three-man team from Massachusetts has recreated the sinking of the Titanic in real-time with minute by minute updates on key events on board the ship as it sank on its maiden voyage. Created with consultant Bill Sauder, who worked on the James Cameron film, this video charts the last hours of the ill-fated ship using a highly accurate model and atmospheric noises. The real-time video lays bare just how long it took the crew to realize the full scale of the horror about to unfold, and the opportunities they missed to save more of those on board. Re-live the sinking of the Titanic in real time: Visually stunning video captures every moment of doomed ship's last hours
NEW An investigation is underway following claims two married police officials had sex with a prostitute on board a private plane. The men, who have been named as Deputy Inspector James Grant (left) and Detective Michael Milici, were allegedly on board the flight from New Jersey to Las Vegas in 2014. The trip was paid for by Jona Rechnitz (right, bottom) and they were joined by Jeremy Reichberg (right, top), it has been claimed. The men are reported to have had sex with the prostitute, who was dressed as a flight attendant and asked the men, 'Coffee, tea, or me?' Read More Two married NYPD officers at center of corruption probe now accused of having sex with prostitute on private jet
The intrigue of the 2016 presidential election is increasing at an alarming rate. The Soviet Union, maliciously testing the American resolve to protect and defend itself and its allies, sends one of its most advanced fighter jets to within 75 feet of an American destroyer in international waters.
The Chinese are getting increasingly aggressive in their obvious preparation for a confrontation with the United States. Of course, there is the ongoing challenge of ISIS and its relation to the broader Mideast conflict. And yes, North Korea continues to spew out its verbal threats against America as it flexes its military capability. This all adds up to spectacular theatre of apocalyptic proportions.
Maneuvering amidst all this conflict and chaos is Pope Francis and his papacy. They are engaged with all parties; brokering deals, calling for peace, and proposing seemingly viable universal solutions.
But will their proposals and strategic relations with the nations of the world help stem the tide of wars, heal the environment, or provide a more fair and equitable way of life for humanity? What does the Bible has to say about these things?
The newly released book, America, the Papacy, and the Signs of the Times, gives some intriguingly fascinating and compelling answers to these and other questions confronting the human family. Get your copy today.
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A Finnish astrophotographer has created 3D animations of nebulae (Lagoon Nebula shown). In each can be seen the structure, shape and features of the objects. Metsävainio created the images using known images to certain stars. He then estimates how the rest of the nebula might look in 3D. Nebulae he focuses on include the Lagoon Nebula and the Bubble Nebula.
Jesus Christ, when asked by His disciples what shall be the signs of His coming and of the end of the world, referred to perhaps the greatest sign which goes virtually unnoticed,i.e. deception (Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 24).
He further warned about a power, identified as the Abomination of Desolation, that would manifest itself as the savior of the world just before His return to planet earth (Matthew 24:15). Paul calls it the man of sin who seeks to take the place of God in men's hearts and in God's church (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5). The Protestant Reformers called it the antiChrist entity of Bible prophecy.
Pope Francis boldly confirms that characterization. He declared, "No one becomes Christian on his or her own! Is that clear?...There are those who believe they can maintain a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and the mediation of the Church. These are dangerous and harmful temptations" (Vatican City, Wednesday, 25 June 2014). Find out more.
Men have debated, discussed, and even denied who Jesus is. But who is this Jesus, anyway? Was He just a good man? Was He simply a charismatic and influential religious teacher? Was He God as He claimed and His followers believed Him to be? Was He a fraud and cosmic trickster? Or is He truly whom He claimed to be, the Only Savior of the world?
Then comes someone's idea of the Ecumenical Movement. It is a clarion call in the religious world for all religions to come together for the purpose of fostering world peace. Recognizing the dire and profound conflicts, rifts, and mistrust existing among the several faith factions, the promoters of this coming-together movement feel that greater peace can be achieved if all religions become united. Essentially, their argument is that if each faith group, by casting aside their peculiar points of doctrines, can indeed unite and usher in a season of universal peace. They conclude that, at the very core of spirituality, they all worship the same God and would thus find salvation through whomever each group recognizes as its god.
But, this line of thinking places the sincere Christian in a real predicament; for Jesus Christ, the Founder of their religion, declared quite emphatically, "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one cometh unto the Father but by Me (John 14:6). Find out here who Jesus truly is.
In the early 1950s a group of Bedouin arrived at the Palestine Archaeological Museum, now known as the Rockefeller Museum, in Jerusalem with documents they had discovered in a cave. These were not the original findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran, but from another location between Ein Gedi and Masada. The scrolls contained some biblical texts, one of which is very important for our understanding of Scripture. It was a Scroll of the Minor Prophets, written in Greek.
Details of this scroll were published in the 1950s and it has been a source of study since. This is an important discovery as so much of the Jewish literature recorded in the Greek language—such as Josephus and Philo of Alexandria and the book of Enoch—and especially those Greek language documents that predated the time of Jesus Christ have been preserved by communities of professing Christians rather than by the Jews themselves. As a result, we never know how much “editing” has been done to the texts to support a particular Christian position, or to suit a particular group’s ends.
Most importantly, the text itself—although in Greek—is clearly a Jewish text noted for its closeness to what became known as the Masoretic Text compared with the later Christian renditions of the Greek formalized by Origen at the beginning of the third century. The accepted date for the writing of this text is the end of the first-century bc, in other words, contemporary with the birth of Jesus. The text had been deposited in the cave at Nahal Hever at the end of the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome (135ad) and was hidden in the caves with other biblical writings and correspondence in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
So why is this important to us in the 21st century?
Solving a Problem of Names
Because of the time of its writing, this scroll, its Jewish origins and above all the language it is written with enables us to solve a problem of names. People have contended that the name Jesus was a pagan name and that the Son of God would have to have a Hebrew name alone. They contend that it is a matter of breaking the third Commandment to use the term Jesus in the English language, or as it might be translated in any other language. Was the name Jesus—or in Greek IESOUS—an accepted name among the Jews at the time of the early Christian Church?
The Minor Prophets Scroll tells us yes it was. In Zechariah 3:8 we have a High Priest who was purged of his sins and made to stand righteous before the Eternal. He was named in English Joshua. That is the translation of the Hebrew, YEHOSHUA. In Greek, this scroll tells us the name is IESOUS, the term from which we derive Jesus in the English language.
So comes the claim that “[t]he Savior was never called Jesus in His lifetime. In fact, the name ‘Jesus’ did not exist until about 500 years ago, as scholars point out” (DeWitt Smith, “The Heavenly Father’s Great Name”), is proved wrong by this archaeological discovery. Irrespective of the ability to pronounce Jesus in English, the reality is that Jesus in Greek, IESOUS, is not a “pagan name” so to speak but the traditional and acceptable translation of the Hebrew YEHOSHUA, commonly known to English readers as Joshua.
But, the evidence for the name Jesus does not stop there.
As a result of all the archaeology, especially since the 1950s to the present, names recovered from archaeological discoveries have been catalogued. One of these is a lexicon of Jewish names by Israeli scholar Tal Ilan. In her lexicon, Ilan shows the widespread use of this name throughout Palestine during the period from Alexander the Great until the end of the Mishnaic era (200ad) (Tal Ilan, Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity: Part 1, Palestine 330BCE–200 CE., Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 91. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2002. pp. 127–133). Of specific interest is the frequency with which the Greek name IESOUS was discovered carved into ossuaries, or stone burial boxes. This was a particularly Jewish form of burial process. Bodies were laid in tombs, as was Jesus Christ’s after His crucifixion. But stone-hewn tombs were too precious to use only once. Families intended to bury generations within the family tomb. So after a period of decay—about a year—the bones were placed in a stone box—an ossuary—that could then be placed in a niche within the tomb and the tomb readied for another deceased family member.
One idea put forward as to why ossuaries came into use is that these stone boxes ensured that an individual’s bones could be kept intact awaiting the resurrection, so they would not risk becoming mingled with those of others, thus (they feared) jeopardizing the individuality of the deceased in the resurrection (L. Y. Rahmani, “Ancient Jerusalem’s Customs and Tombs: Part Four,” Biblical Archaeologist, 1982, p. 111). One of the largest known of these tombs, The Sanhedra Tombs, could accommodate 70 bodies at a time and had provision for numerous ossuaries. Ossuaries were then often engraved with the name of the individual whose bones they contained. This practice was only used by the Jews in the vicinity of Jerusalem for a century leading up to the fall of the city in 70ad. It was continued elsewhere in the land for some time after the fall of Jerusalem. So, it gives us an interesting insight into the names used by Jewish families at the time our Savior walked this earth and during the formative years of the early Church.
According to Ilan’s listing, the name IESOUS has been found engraved on eleven ossuaries, while an abbreviated form of the Hebrew, YEHOSHUA-YESHUA, is found on twelve other ossuaries found in the precincts of Jerusalem. The abbreviation of the name Joshua is found in Ezra 2:2 and in the books of Nehemiah and 1 Chronicles. The contracted name was the norm after the return from captivity.
What can we know about the individuals who were interred in caves around Jerusalem and whose remains were placed in ossuaries? Jerusalem was a favored place to be buried, close to the temple in expectation of the resurrection and coming of the Messiah. Families from outside of Jerusalem, even from remote locations such as Cyrene in North Africa, purchased tombs in Jerusalem in which to be buried. Joseph of Arimathea, in whose new tomb the body of Jesus was interred, is an example. So the names engraved on the ossuaries were not pagans, but people who had in some way and to some degree looked for the redemption of Israel and the resurrection of the dead. These individuals could be likened to the devout Jews, assembled in Jerusalem, who heard Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost in 31ad. Their response to the truth of God’s plan helped to lay a strong foundation as among the first “building blocks” of the early New Testament Church.
The other location that provided numerous entries for Ilan’s lexicon was the documentary discoveries of the Babatha archive at Nahal Hever, the same location where the Minor Prophets Scroll, discussed at the start of this article, was found. Other documents were to be found at Muraba’at and Masada, adding to the frequency with which the name IESOUS was found among Jewish people. Of these discoveries, we find the Greek IESOUS some 20 times while the Hebrew YESHUA appears 25 times. Bear in mind that the discoveries of the Babatha letters and the documents from Muraba`at were not just from any Jew who may have been influenced by pagan ideas. These documents belonged to and described supporters of Simon Bar Kochba, a messianic pretender. So once again these people were looking for a messiah to save them from their enemies and to establish the Kingdom of God.
The evidences from both the ossuaries and the archaeological discoveries from the caves provide watertight proof of the widespread usage of the Greek name IESOUS, before, during and after the physical life of Jesus Christ.
So the idea that the name Jesus was pagan, or that He would not have a Greek name and only a Hebrew or Aramaic name, does not hold up to the evidence. Greek names, which were translations of, or equivalents to, Hebrew names are very well attested. Early Church members were not expected to know Hebrew names as a prerequisite for baptism into the body of Christ.
While others rushed to the lifeboats as the ship sank, millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim stoically sat sipping brandy with his personal secretary Victor Giglio, declaring they were 'prepared to go down like gentlemen'.
It was one of the most haunting tales to emerge from the Titanic disaster. American businessman. A native of Philadelphia and son of mining industrialist Meyer Guggenheim. First class passenger who perished at sea in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Faced with impending death Mr. Guggenheim and his valet surrendered their lifebelts to a ship's steward and returned to their cabin suites to change into formal evening attire. Guggenheim is best remembered for making the remarks "We've dressed in our best, and are prepared to go down like gentlemen" and "Please tell my wife I did my best in doing my duty." Mr. Guggenheim and his valet were last seen seated in deck chairs sipping brandy and smoking cigars. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.)
Christopher Moody, the brother of James Moody, the only junior officer to die on the Titanic, was sent a letter by the ship's owners asking for the equivalent of $3,000 to have his body sent home to Scarborough.