Kategoriarkiv: Teologi

Isaiah Institute with Avraham Gileadi Ph.D. — Vignette 1 of 6

Avraham GileadiAvraham Gileadi är en expert på Jesaja och är medlem i kyrkan. För den som är inresserad av att lära sig mer om Jesaja så är detta en film som är spännande att se.


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Isaiah Institute with Avraham Gileadi Ph.D. — Vignette 1 of 6 from Color My Media on Vimeo.

National Geographic – The Secret Bible

The Secret Bible

Amerikansk dokumentärserie från 2005. Serien sätter kristendomens hemligheter under lupp och vill ta reda på vad som är sanning och vad som är fiktion i fråga om tre ämnen och företeelser med ursprung i Bibeln: Tempelriddarorden, Jesus rivaler och apokalypsen.


Building Bridges Between Spirit-Filled Christians and Latter-Day Saints (Mormons): A Translation Guide for Born Again Spirit-Filled Christians


Hittade en väldigt bra bok som kan hjälpa i kommunikationen. Det är en bok som är skrivet av Rob och Kathy Datsko, numera medlemmar i Mormonkyrkan, men har typ samma erfarenhet som mig tidigare i livet. Det gör det lättare för katoliker, protestanter och evangelikaler att kommunicera med mormoner och vice versa.

Boken finns billigt som ebok, men man kan läsa mycket gratis direct på googledocs också om man vill kolla in den först. Finns även på Adlibris som bok.

Rob and Kathy Datsko are converts to the LDS Church. They provide a fantastic overview of relating the various aspects of Latter-day Saint gospel living and beliefs with that of ”Spirit-filled Christians.” In the authors’ description, that can include anyone from Catholics to Protestants and Evangelicals.

Datskos provide several great suggestions how Latter-day Saints can better communicate with this vast demographic. Spirit-filled Christians are referred throughout the book as ”SFC” in the same way that ”LDS” is used for Mormons:






Defending the Faith: Jerusalem’s disputed Temple Mount

Looking out onto the Mount of Olives from the Old City in Jerusalem in April 2011.. The Dome of the Rock is visible in the foreground on the Temple Mount and, on the horizon, is the tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension.
Looking out onto the Mount of Olives from the Old City in Jerusalem in April 2011.. The Dome of the Rock is visible in the foreground on the Temple Mount and, on the horizon, is the tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension.

Contention between Israeli Jews and Palestinians stretches back nearly a century, with little hope of resolution. In the past few months, however, the conflict has increasingly focused on a struggle for control of the Temple Mount.

The site of Solomon’s temple and, later, of Herod’s temple at the time of Jesus has been a sacred place for over 3,000 years. The original Jewish temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Rebuilt 70 years later, the temple endured another six centuries as the center of Jewish spiritual life until the Romans destroyed it in A.D. 70 amidst a Jewish rebellion. The surviving Jews were scattered and have been left without a temple for almost 2,000 years.

When the Holy Land was Christianized in the early fourth century by order of the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine, monumental churches were built throughout it, including the Holy Sepulcher over the traditional tomb of Jesus. However, the Temple Mount was intentionally left desolate as a sign of the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy that not one stone of the temple would be left standing. And so it remained for three centuries, visited by pilgrims following in Jesus Christ’s footsteps, but unadorned by any Christian shrine.

Thus, when Arab Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 638 under the Caliph Umar, they entered into a treaty to protect the Christian and Jewish holy places in the city. Searching for a location in Jerusalem to construct a mosque for the new Muslim community, the Arabs naturally turned to the large space left empty by the Christians on the old Temple Mount. Soon the Arabs had built not only the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayer and worship, but also a new shrine. Known as the Dome of the Rock, the sanctuary is one of the great architectural achievements of the Islamic world. It commemorated the biblical temple of Solomon and the place where Jesus taught and performed miracles — both of which were described in the Quran and accepted by Muslims as authentic sacred history. In addition, Muslims believed that Muhammad had visited the Temple Mount of Jerusalem in vision, ascending from there into heaven.

Apart from a century of Christian rule under the Crusaders, the Temple Mount remained in Muslim hands for the next 13 centuries. Jews were given locations on the fringes of the Temple Mount for prayers, which eventually developed into the Western Wall.

The Israeli conquest of Palestine and east Jerusalem in 1967 placed the Temple Mount in Jewish hands again for the first time in 1,400 years. Although some Israelis at the time agitated for permanent occupation of the Temple Mount and destruction of the Muslim shrines there, the Israeli government decided to leave Muslim authorities in charge of the area. Indeed, the rabbinic leaders of Israel forbade Jews from entering the Temple Mount lest they unintentionally profane the sacred precincts where, according to Jewish law, only priests could enter.

Throughout the medieval period of Muslim dominance in Jerusalem, Jewish messianic expectations were of two minds regarding the rebuilding of the temple. One maintained that when the Messiah came, he would rebuild the temple as a sign of his divine authority. The other tradition held that the temple must be rebuilt by the Jews in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. These two traditions — which could be called quietist and activist — still exist among Jews today. Activist Jews thus believe that Israel must expel the Muslims from the Temple Mount, destroy the Dome of the Rock and rebuild the “Third Temple” to prepare the way for the Messiah.

For decades, these Third Temple movements have been preparing and agitating for the rebuilding of the temple, going so far as to make utensils, furnishings and priestly robes for use in the coming sanctuary. Every year, on Jewish holy days, these groups have attempted to force their way onto the Temple Mount to pray, and have consistently been turned away by Israeli security forces.

In recent months, however, increasing numbers of Jews have begun wider agitation for the right to ascend the Temple Mount to pray, in violation of the early 1967 status quo agreement regarding the site. Palestinian Muslims have reacted with both demonstrations and violence, and with the threat of a potentially new “intifada” (uprising). Thus, despite Isaiah’s prophecy that the Temple Mount should be “a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7; Mark 11:17), it remains a source of discord and conflict.

22746Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, founder of MormonScholarsTestify.org, chairman of ”Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture” and a blogger for Patheos. His views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.


Jakten på bibelns ursprung

Jeff Rose

Del 1 av 2. Arkeologen och historikern Dr Jeff Rose ser på de ”bibeljägare” som sökte bibelns historiska ursprung och korrekthet vid förra sekelskiftet. Bibelns texter ifrågasattes av bibellärda och arkeologer som sökte dess historiska ursprung i Egypten. Bibelns historiska trovärdighet stod på spel och de djärva ”bibeljägarna” riskerade sina liv för sina upptäckter, upptäckter som hotade att skaka kristendomens grundvalar.

Del 2 av 2. Kring sekelskiftet 1900 letade en engagerad skara efter bibelns äldsta manuskript som fanns undangömda i Egypten. Det gjordes en del upptäckter, såsom märkliga zodiaker, hymner till den egyptiska solguden och kätterska kristna texter. Dessa historiska texter hotade kristendomes mest bokstavstrogna bibelläsare.

Man kan se programmen på SVT Play under en kortare tid bara, men för den som vill se den senare så finns den utan svensk undertext på YouTube.


Dr. Jeff Rose is an archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in the prehistory, palaeoenvironments, genetics, and religious traditions of the Middle East.
Jeff holds a BA in Classics, MAs in both Archaeology and Anthropology, and a PhD in Anthropology and over the past 25 years, he has conducted archaeological fieldwork across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Since 2002, he has directed an ongoing research project in Dhofar, southern Oman and in recognition of his discoveries, he was inducted as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012.


BBC. Bible Hunters 1 of 2. The Search for Bible Truth
Revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who travelled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Their discoveries would shed controversial new light on the Christian origins and the story of the Bible.

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BBC. Bible Hunters 1 of 2. The Search for Lost Gospels
Revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who travelled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Discoveries included strange zodiacs, hymns to Egypt’s solar god, and heretical Christian texts. The finds threatened to shake the foundations of Christianity.

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