Archaeology: Babylonian Clay Tablet Mentions Biblical Name

first_imgJeremiah mentioned Nebo-Sarsekim and Nebuchadnezzar, and so did Babylonian scribes.  The Times Online reported today, “The British Museum yesterday hailed a discovery within a modest clay tablet in its collection as a breakthrough for biblical archaeology – dramatic proof of the accuracy of the Old Testament.”  An article in the Telegraph calls it “a fantastic discovery, world-class find” and includes a picture and full translation of the small tablet.    The great King Nebuchadnezzar had been known from extra-Biblical sources, but Nebo-Sarsekim was not – till now.  He is mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3 as one of the officials of Nebuchadnezzar present at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC.  Jeremiah was an eyewitness to these events.  Now, the same name has been deciphered on a clay tablet from Sippar, a site a mile from Baghdad, where the Babylonians had a huge sun temple.  The tablet, recording Nebo-Sarsekim’s gift of gold to a temple in Babylon, dates to 10 years before the siege of Jerusalem.    The British Museum acquired this small tablet in 1920, but it had never been translated.  Dr. Michael Jursa (U of Vienna), one of the few scholars who can read cuneiform script, made the discovery while translating tablets on a research trip to the museum.  “Finding something like this tablet, where we see a person mentioned in the Bible making an everyday payment to the temple in Babylon and quoting the exact date, is quite extraordinary,” he said.  Dr. Irving Finkel of the British Museum added, “If Nebo-Sarsekim existed, which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed?  A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true.  I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power.”    This story was found on Todd Bolen’s Bible Places blog.  Bolen is compiling a list of Biblical characters mentioned in extra-Biblical sources, and says the list is already long; now he can add another one.    Meanwhile, what’s new with the Jehoash Inscription and the James Ossuary? (See 04/21/2003, 06/19/2003.)  Dissatisfied with the rush to judgment by the Israel Antiquities Authority that they are forgeries, the Biblical Archaeology Society has pushed for more unbiased analysis, claiming the evidence is strong for their authenticity.  They issued a special report this month to bring readers up to date.  The full report from their conference of scholars last January is available.Todd Bolen took umbrage at the Times’ quote of a scholar who responded that the name on the clay tablet means “the Biblical story is not altogether invented.”  It is not invented at all, he retorted.  The more evidence, the weaker the case of liberal skeptics becomes.  This would be a good time to read the book of Jeremiah.    The Old Testament narratives have the feel of history.  Sure, there are great stories of adventure, intrigue, relationships, accomplishments, heroes and villains, but they are not just invented stories: the amount of detail provided (names, places, dates, events) is far and above what would be expected in fiction.  The details are presented in a matter-of-fact way that has the ring of truth (see, for example, the listings of David’s officers, priests and assistants in I Chronicles).  No reader would look at this and think it is made up: it has the look and feel of official documentation.    Names mentioned in the Bible have turned up in inscriptions from Egypt, Moab, Babylon and throughout Israel itself.  Another interesting point to consider is that the Bible presents its heroes in all their human frailty.  Most inscriptions from kingdoms outside Israel exaggerate their victories and quash their embarrassments: not the Bible.  The sins of even David and Solomon are exposed in all their ugliness, right next to other passages describing their moments of victory and godliness.  Combined with the detail and the archaeological attestations, this is unprecedented in ancient records.    Today’s news is another small piece of silent testimony, rising from the dust and from the back rooms of a museum, that the Bible told real history about real people and real events.  No other ancient “religious” text has so much internal and external corroboration.  Israel and its surrounding kingdoms have been plundered and destroyed so many times, it should be understandable that evidence is scattered and fragmentary: think of the serendipitous discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Codex Sinaiticus (almost burned in the hearth by monks), and the Moabite Stone (almost destroyed by nomads thinking it contained gold).  Much remains hidden in the dust, but there is enough to give an honest inquirer confidence to take the Biblical record very seriously.    For another look into Biblical archaeology, read Dr. Alan Millard’s 2002 review of the historical and archaeological case for King Solomon’s riches, republished this month on Associates for Biblical Research.  (Note that this article predated the 2005 possible discovery of Solomon’s palace, 02/09/2007, 08/09/2005).  Solomon lived 360 years before Jeremiah.  The farther back in time, the more fragmentary the evidence, but why not consider the Bible as primary evidence?  Its record fits the period and the hard evidence we do have.  Millard explains why the critics’ argument from silence represents bias, not scholarship.    A good layman’s-level paperback overview of Biblical archaeology is The Stones Cry Out by Randall Price (1997).  Many exciting Bible-corroborating artifacts have surfaced in the intervening decade.  Archaeological pieces have been falling into place and silencing critics for a long time now.  It’s tantalizing to ponder what more discoveries remain to be made among the 130,000 clay tablets still lying untranslated in dark shelves of the British Museum.(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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ODA listening sessions bring 2019 concerns front and center

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda visited Leeds Farm near Ostrander Tuesday, where area farmers gathered to voice their concerns and more on what is turning out to be one of the worst years on record for farming. Christy Leeds was on hand to share the struggles their farm is seeing, including a yet-to-be-planted pumpkin crop and hay yet to be baled.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.last_img

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Back to Basics: The Rule of Thirds in Filmmaking

first_imgImage via Marvel Studios.In a typical shot, your subject should be somewhere within the grid divides, as you can see above. The subject can be both the character and the object, since they often work together. Each is at opposite sides of the frame, which draws equal attention to both subjects. Objects need room around them to enable the viewer to see them more clearly. If the character is in the middle of the frame, all attention who go to them, and the object would no longer be a critical piece of the frame. Using the Rule of Thirds can dramatically increase the look of your composition. Here’s a few tips on how to integrate this technique into your next shot.Cover image via Universal Pictures and Learn Online Video.When you’re first learning about cameras and shot composition, one of the basic concepts you encounter is the rule of thirds. If you haven’t heard of the rule yet, I like Grace Fussell‘s definition:Imagine a 3×3 grid on top of any image. You should align the key elements in the image according to this grid — at the ‘power points’ where the lines intersect, or along and within the vertical and horizontal lines. You can also combine these two arrangements for complex images with layers of subjects.Image via Shutterstock.As Fussell explains in this Shutterstock article, the lines on the 3×3 grid are the places where our eyes automatically look for information. When you put the main focus of your image along this grid, the result is more aesthetically pleasing to your viewer.If you are looking for the fundamentals of the rule of thirds in still images, check out Grace’s article. Here, I’ll focus on how to apply the rule of thirds to moving images.Placement Image via New Line Cinema.Another rule of thirds tactic is the concept of leading. This is when you place your subject on the opposite side of the frame from the object of his or her attention. This technique is psychological in nature because when your eyes look at incomplete information (such as an actor looking offscreen), they want to fill it to make it complete. In the image above, the subject is presenting something to a subject offscreen. Even though there is nothing in the left side of the shot, our minds automatically deduce that there is someone on the other side of that frame. If the subject had no lead room, the shot would just feel off.Eye Lines Image via Kvibe Productions.Using the rule of thirds is a great way to establish eye lines. Check out the shot above. Feels natural, right? Just like the leading concept, since your eyes are automatically searching for information along those lines, you can find his eyes easily and instinctively read his emotions. Humans can gather a lot of information by reading someone’s eyes, so when you place them in a easy-to-find spot in your composition, the viewer connects more naturally with what you are trying to portray.Rack Focus Image via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures.When you’re trying to pull off a rack focus shot, object placement is critical. Using the rule of thirds is a neat way to find where you should place those objects. In the shot above, both the glass and the actor carry a lot of visual weight when it comes to the information of this shot. The focus from the foreground to the background conveys that the glass has some sort of influence over the actor.You may say that the two subjects are too close together, but the closeness transmits a sense of urgency and immediacy to the viewer. Their distance is the perfect balance. Any farther would have separated the two, and any closer would block the actor’s face with the glass, ruining the ever-important emotions we’re watching in the actor.All in all, the rule of thirds may be a basic concept, but the impact it has on your shot composition is astronomical. Next time you are shooting something, turn on the grid feature on your camera and adjust from there. Trust me, you will come out with some awesome cinematic shots.Want more cinematography resources? Check out these links:Gear Tip: How to Clean your Lenses Like a ProfessionalTips for Photographers Transitioning to VideographyFind Cinematic Inspiration with These Visionary PhotographersCreate Better Establishing Shots With These Photography Techniqueslast_img read more

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I-League 2012: Defending champions Dempo to open their campaign against Churchill Brothers

first_imgIt may not promise a footballing action that will sweep you off your feet, but then the I-League is the best domestic tournament that India can offer to its fans.With the October 6-April 28 competition kicking off on Saturday, the rivalry between the Goan and the Kolkata clubs will once again be renewed, with the latter hoping to end the former’s dominance.Indeed, the last time a non-Goan club won the national league was in 2005-06, when the erstwhile Mahindra United were crowned the champions.Going by the recent performances and signings by the teams, the Kolkata clubs seem prepared to lead an onslaught against their Goan counterparts. “It looks like this time it will be a more competitive league than earlier. There have been some big signings by most of the big clubs,” Armando Colaco, coach of defending champions Dempo, told Mail Today. Colaco’s team has been the most consistent side in recent times, finishing amongst the top-three in last three editions and winning the league on two of those occasions.Though they might have been affected by Nigerian striker Ranti Martins’s decision to join Kolkata’s Prayag United, Dempo have former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs player Rohan Ricketts in their ranks.They have the experienced Climax Lawrence and Clifford Miranda in the mid- field while Mahesh Gawli and Sameer Naik form the spine of the back line.”We will see how quickly Rohan acclimatises. He is not yet match fit but we have other players,” Colaco said. Dempo opens their campaign on Saturday against Churchill Brothers, another team to be one of the favourites.Churchill have a great midfielder in Beto while Henry Antchouet provides solidity upfront. However, their citadel too was breached when defender Gouramangi Singh was picked up by Prayag. Prayag has been one of the biggest spenders this season.They have Martins, top-scorer of the last edition, Gouramangi, Subrata Paul and Costa Rica’s World Cupper Carlos Hernandez.The Kolkata side is one of the favourites, but the Sanjoy Sencoached team need to do justice to their big signings and not fizzle out like they did in the Federation Cup, where they were ousted at the group stage.Prayag flopped in the Federation Cup, which East Bengal clinched.Playing with three foreigners, the Trevor Morgan-coached East Bengal shocked Dempo to lift the second most important trophy, after I-League.East Bengal’s Nigerian defender Uga Okpara and midfielder Penn Orji will be the ones to look out for, along with Mehtab Hossain. The red-and-gold brigade is one of the few top teams with an Indian striker, youngster Manandeep Singh, who is in top form. He has Chidi Edeh by his side and the duo forms an effective force.Another club to have a strong forward line is Mohun Bagan, who boast of Okolie Odafe and Tolgay Ozbey. But a weak defence is bound to give coach Santosh Kashyap a headache.Mohun Bagan too open the league on Saturday, against Shillong Lajong FC, one of the two sides from the Northeast. The other is the newly-promoted United Sikkim and fans across the country have a special connect with this club as it is owned by Bhaichung Bhutia.United Sikkim will have a tough task at hand when they take on Salgaocar in Gangtok on Saturday.The Goan giants, coached by Karim Bencherifa, will hope to emulate their success of 2010-11, when they won the title. But lack of big names may prove to be a factor in a long tournament like the I-league.Another club that has given big clubs a run for their money is Pune FC. Derick Pereira’s side can once again be expected to repeat its performance.advertisementlast_img read more

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India register historic Test win at Lord’s

first_imgIndia bowler Ishant Sharma, left, celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root caught out by Stuart Binny on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)India on Monday registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test at Lord’s. ScorecardThis is India’s second Test win at Lord’s after a period of 28 years. At the same venue, India registered their lone win back in 1986.Resuming the second session at 173/5, England were bowled out for 223 while chasing a target of 319 runs.Pacer Ishant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers with career best figures of 7/74. He was adjudged the Man of the Match.Ishant Sharma has the honour of leading India off after his match-winning 7/74 #EngvInd https://t.co/J4eQMLZApVLord’s Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 21, 2014With the win, the visitors have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.This is India’s second win at the ‘home of cricket’ since a Kapil Dev-led team won here back in 1986.Brief scores: India 295 and 342 beat England 319 and 223 (Joe Root 66, Moeen Ali 39; Ishant Sharma 7/74).England’s Moeen Ali walks off the field of play after losing his wicket off the bowling of India’s Ishant Sharma on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)India’s Ishant Sharma, center, celebrates with his captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, second right, after taking the wicket of England’s Moeen Ali, second left, on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)advertisementIndia’s Cheteshwar Pujara, center, celebrates catching out England’s Moeen Ali off an Ishant Sharma, left, delivery on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)England’s Joe Root hits a shot watched by India’s captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)India’s Shikhar Dhawan, left, regains his balance after stopping the ball at slip beside his captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)England’s Stuart Broad tries to avoid a bouncer form India’s Ishant Sharma on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)last_img read more

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SDPD begins recruitment campaign to reach full staffing by 2020

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Posted: June 27, 2018 Sasha Foo June 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe San Diego Police Department is embarking on a major campaign to hire more police officers. For the first time, the department in the nation’s eighth largest city is hiring a marketing and advertising firm to help the police force achieve its hiring goals.We sat down Wednesday with Police Chief David Nisleit who told us his goal is to achieve full staffing levels of more than 2,000 officers by the year 2020. Currently, the department is about 211 officers short of that target.Although officers’ pay was one of the reasons that San Diego has had problems recruiting and retaining officers, the city’s compensation package is about to improve. As of July 1, police officers will get an 8.3% pay raise, with a series of additional pay hikes, totaling about 25% in the next two years.Nisleit said the boost in salary will make it easier to recruit new officers. He said there will also be more opportunities for young officers to advance more quickly to specialized assignments as more veteran officers retire or leave the force.On average, 14 officers leave the SDPD every month. According to Nisleit, 500 officers will be eligible for retirement in the next five years.An officer must be 21 years old by the time he or she takes the oath and some college experience is preferred. Officers who can speak a second language also qualify for extra pay.The police chief said an officer in their third or fourth year can make a base pay of almost $100,000. “That’s not with overtime, or holiday pay or shift differential, so you’re going to make over $100,000,” Nisleit said.The chief said he will look for candidates who reflect the diversity of the San Diego community. “It’s not one size fits all. You know, I’m looking for the athlete, I’m looking for the scientist. I’m looking for the teacher; people that are from all walks of life that come in and bring theiir experiences to the team and make us one big strong unit,” he said. SDPD begins recruitment campaign to reach full staffing by 2020last_img read more

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AirNoise button instantly files airplane noise complaints

first_imgAirNoise button instantly files airplane noise complaints 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Point Loma residents deal with rattled windows and shaking homes everyday because of the noise in the sky.AirNoise creator Chris McCann is arming the community with a new tool in the fight against noisy flights over their homes.McCann invented a system that will file a detailed noise complaint with a click of a button.McCann says, “It gets detailed information about the flight, the airline, the tail number, where the airplane is going to an from, how high it was, how close it was to the person who clicked the button. It puts all that information to a noise complaints that sends directly to the airport authority.”McCann says its going to take the community standing together to make a change with the FAA.Some Point Loma community members say the noisy skies come with the land. “Just kinda came with the territory, just like the marine layer in the morning and the traffic and anything else”, says Nick Muscolino.McCann says the San Diego Airport authority is proactive, creating committees to suggest changes to the FAA.The San Diego International Airport take every complaint seriously, but prefer people use their noise complaint tools because their system is directly tied to the FAA radar. January 8, 2019 , center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 8, 2019last_img read more

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