News to Note, November 17, 2012

A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on November 17, 2012

Lucy in the trees Mankind’s story Bird mimicking dinosaurs The eyes have it Homo virtuous

1. Lucy in the Trees

Lucy was a real swinger.

2. History Channel Survey of Human History

History channel’s survey of human history opens with a sadly skewed story.

3. Feathered Dinosaurs Found in Canada?

Were feathered dinosaurs found in Canada?

4. Molecular Analysis Suggests Common Origin for Animal Vision

Molecular analysis suggests a common origin for animal vision.

5. Explain and Eradicate Evil through Evolution?

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  • The Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, area now hosts two exhibits of ancient biblical manuscripts. The Cincinnati Museum Center yesterday opened “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times,” displaying some of these ancient manuscripts. First discovered in caves near the Qumran archaeological site along the Dead Sea in 1947, the 900 scrolls and fragments of Scriptures and other books had been hidden there in the first century when the Romans moved to put down a Jewish revolt. While scholars continue to study these even today, portions circulate to give people everywhere a glimpse of God’s Word, preserved in manuscripts about two thousand years old. (Some were copied a century before Christ’s birth.) The Jews took great care to accurately copy Old Testament Scriptures, as these examples, preserved by the Essene sect, demonstrate. Comparisons with much later manuscripts do not reveal significant differences. The exhibit will be here until April 14, 2013. Now is a good time to plan a trip to see these ancient manuscripts at the Cincinnati Museum Center and then come to the Creation Museum about 20 miles away in Petersburg, Kentucky, where you can see the new Verbum Domini exhibit. Verbum Domini: “The Word of the Lord” contains 27 rare Bible manuscripts and biblical artifacts on loan from the Green Collection, to be eventually housed in the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. The collection includes a page from a fourth-century Aramaic translation of the Bible. These priceless manuscripts testify to the timeless value, unfailing truth, divine preservation, and convicting power of the Bible. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).  We hope that visitors to the Creation Museum will be struck with renewed desire to faithfully study the Bible as they see how God’s Word was copied and treasured by faithful people centuries and even two millennia ago. May we be inspired to live so as to show the enduring power of God’s Word in our own lives. Read more about the Dead Sea Scrolls at www.christiananswers.net and more about the Verbum Domini exhibit at Rare Bible Manuscripts on Display at Creation Museum.

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