Martin Luther, Revisited

Martin Luther, Revisited

By Shelley Neese At 34 years of age, the Martin Luther of 1517 was a little known Augustinian monk plagued by thoughts of his own sins and failings. Luther, in his own words, suffered from an “extremely disturbed conscience.” When his private meditations on the...

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UNESCO’s Folly

UNESCO’s Folly

By Shelley Neese In October 2016, UNESCO’s executive board ratified a resolution that attempted to erase 3,000 years of Jewish religious history in Jerusalem. The resolution was drafted by Jordan and submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and...

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Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

Last week, I talked about the story of Hanukkah. In general, my goal is always to impart knowledge of Jewish feasts, festivals, traditions, and commentary to Christians who are trying to dig deeper into the Bible and to understand the Jewishness of their Messiah and...

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The Story of Hanukkah

The Story of Hanukkah

By Shelley Neese I co-teach a Sunday School class at my church. Actually, I go to an Anglican congregation so we call it the "Rector's Forum." I intended to give a 2,000 year broad sweep of Temple Mount history. Since it was Hanukkah, I thought I would introduce the...

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The First Dead Sea Scrolls

The First Dead Sea Scrolls

By Shelley Neese In 1946 or 1947—no one knows for certain—a Bedouin goatherd nicknamed Muhammad the Wolf led his flock around the cliffs lining the northwest edge of the Dead Sea. As the livestock grazed on sparse vegetation, Muhammad wandered around the boulders....

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Opening the Copper Scroll

Opening the Copper Scroll

By Shelley Neese A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Copper Scroll was found. However, in the beginning, the Copper Scroll didn’t set off the kind of alarm bells that you may expect. The black market was flooded with Dead Sea Scrolls, most of which were very...

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Official Copper Scroll Project Book Trailer

The Copper Scroll Project officially launched on October 31, 2018. I thought I would never see this day come but strangers are picking up the book in the airport, checking it out from the library, and adding it to their holiday wish list. The book is doing what books...

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Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem

Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem

By Shelley Neese Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the second annual Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem. Hosted by the Government Press Office, the four-day event brought together 130 pro-Israel Christian media figures from 30 countries. The goal of the...

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