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  • Mel Gibson confirms new project on Jesus’ resurrection

    September 2, 2016 | 11:05 am

    Mel Gibson confirmed that he is making a movie about the resurrection of Jesus, recalling that he had the “tar kicked out of” him for his movie about the last days of the Christian messiah, “The Passion of the Christ.”

    “That’s a very big subject and it needs to be...

  • God Bless You

    By Ilana Angel

    June 8, 2016 | 5:04 pm

    Today I saw a man on the freeway off ramp with a sign telling people he was an unemployed carpenter and needed help. Last week I had a rather vivid vision of someone who looked like Jesus, and so when I saw the sign about him being a carpenter, I thought back to the image of Jesus,...

  • At Israeli brewery, last sip of beer Jesus might have drunk

    April 19, 2016 | 10:12 am

    A Jerusalem brewery has produced a craft beer with a taste it says dates back to the time of Jesus. A sip of the concoction may help explain why wine was the preferred sacred drink of the Bible.

    Herzl Brewery, Israel's smallest, took wheat that Tel Aviv University geneticists say...

  • Australian church: Jesus was not Palestinian

    December 28, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Jesus was not Palestinian, a major church denomination in Australia said after an umbrella Jewish group’s challenge to a story that said Christ was born in Palestine.

    Two Palestinian members of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, which has links with the Uniting Church of...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Yeshu/Jesus

    December 16, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    The Hebrew name יהושע yehoshuaʿ,* was pronounced yeshu in Galilee; becoming Iesus or Jesus in Greek-Latin. The form Yeshu was probably common among the Jews at that time, but was discontinued afterward. Among Christians today, the name is common only among Latin Americans,...

  • Biting my Tongue at the Airport

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 28, 2015 | 1:30 am

    I was on vacation last week. It was a lovely vacation – very relaxing, which is exactly what I needed. A few days into it, my husband and I were sitting at the airport, awaiting our flight from one vacation spot to another, when I overheard a woman speaking from a chair across from...

  • Israeli police arrest suspects in torching of Church of Loaves and Fishes

    July 12, 2015 | 9:27 pm

    Israeli police said on Sunday suspects had been arrested on suspicion of torching a church revered by Christians as the site of Jesus's miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

    The suspects were arrested overnight, a police spokeswoman said,...

  • Why religion is a laughing matter

    January 9, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Satire and caricature are funny things. The most effective satire makes us laugh — but then it also gives us something to chew on, to think about.  

    Not all satire is humorous, however. In the Middle Ages, caricatured figures were generally not intended to be funny, as for...

  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus’ native language [VIDEO]

    May 27, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago.

    "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a...

  • Hollywood, ADL gather to honor ‘The Bible’ power producers

    By Ryan Torok

    May 9, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Actress, producer and philanthropist Roma Downey, who was born in Northern Ireland, speculated that Jesus must have been Irish, too.

    “Many wonder if Jesus was Irish. He never got married, he lived at home until he was 30 and his mother thought he was God,” she said, speaking to a...

  • Jews for Jesus video shows Jesus being sent to Nazi gas chambers

    April 24, 2014 | 10:50 am

    A Jews for Jesus video showing Jesus in the selection line at a Nazi concentration camp has spurred criticism “as a cynical abuse of the Holocaust.”

    The video, titled “That Jew Died For You,” was posted earlier this month on YouTube by the messianic organization and has garnered...

  • Poll: 26% of Americans believe Jews killed Jesus

    October 31, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    Twelve percent of Americans harbor deeply anti-Semitic attitudes, according to a new poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League.

    The figure marks a decline of 3 percentage points from the last time the ADL took such a poll, in 2011, but approximately the same number as in an...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier meets with Pope Francis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 25, 2013 | 10:56 am

    In a private audience with Pope Francis on Oct. 24, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), urged the leader of the Catholic Church to confront the evil that exists in the world, even while praying and working for peace.

    “Evil existed during the...

  • Religious Invocations

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 16, 2013 | 3:21 pm

  • Jesus, the Jew

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 7, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Reza Aslan, an author and scholar of religion, has established himself as a familiar face and voice on American television, the go-to guy for commentary on the Islamic world, and he embodies all the right stuff: youthful good looks, depth of knowledge and the kind of media savvy...

  • Jews and Christians

    By Dennis Prager

    May 8, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    I have spent much of my adult life working to bring Jews and Christians together. In particular, I have tried to explain to fellow Jews that traditional Christians are our best friends in the world today. 

    Moreover, I believe that America’s founders, virtually every one a...

  • Messianic Judaism’s new interfaith push in Beverly Hills

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 1, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Since it opened in 2011, the Interfaith Center of Beverly Hills has been sitting mostly empty.

    On the one hand, it occupies a piece of prime real estate on the ground floor of a modern office building on a busy stretch of South Beverly Drive. Actors and agents take meetings at Urth...

  • Monumental Roman-era synagogue uncovered

    July 2, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    Archaeologists digging just a few kilometers from the fishing village where Jesus is believed to have preached, have uncovered a monumental Roman-era synagogue with an exquisite, colorful mosaic floor with fine female faces.

    “An inscription in Hebrew has two female faces on either...

  • Jesus makes another bid for president?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 16, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Four years ago, there was the Jesus for President campaign, through which a progressive Christian urged other Christians to vote based on environmental and social justice issues, not abortion and homosexuality. This election season there is a very different “Vote for Jesus” effort...

  • An Encounter with God

    By Ilana Angel

    May 3, 2012 | 9:16 am

    I believe in God and find myself talking to him most days.  I pray every morning when I get up, and again before I go to bed.  I have faith that he is with me, and while I don’t think he can answer my prayers, he brings me peace.  Having him listen provides me with the answers I...

  • Jews Must Demand a Relationship of Full Equality with Christianity

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2012 | 10:41 am

    My much-publicized dispute with Canadian TV host Michael Coren last week taught me valuable lessons about the Jewish community and the new relationship with our Christian brothers and sisters.

    For those of you who missed it, I was invited on to Coren’s Sun TV show to promote my...

  • Ski resort Jesus statue gets another 10 years from Forest Service

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 5, 2012 | 10:04 am

    There is a statue of a skiing Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont. The statue, a memorial to World War II veterans that has resided on federal land since 1995, was evicted by the U.S. Forest Service a year ago. That move led to protests from religious groups and...

  • In the discussion of Jesus, Jews should go on offense

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 1, 2012 | 10:11 am

    By the time the dust settles on the ferocious battle over my book, “KosherJesus” – and it will settle – the reputation of several people will have been affected. Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf of Chicago, who started the controversy by writing that both the book and I should be banned from...

  • Osmonds, Compliments & the Kindness of a Stranger

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Yesterday as I was walking along Ventura Boulevard to my bank, I saw a homeless man camped out on the sidewalk.  He had a cup sitting in front of him, but he appeared to be sleeping.  As I approached I put a dollar in the cup and continued onto the bank.

    When I was walking back up...

  • Racism, Jesus & Christmas

    By Ilana Angel

    December 21, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    It’s been an interesting week.  I’ve had very long days at work getting my clients ready for the holidays, plus finals for my son, finding time to go car shopping with him, and do all my Hanukkah shopping.  I love this time of year, but find I am so tired that my patience is...

  • Jewish perspectives on the New Testament

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    A new book of essays provides Jewish perspectives on the New Testament:

    In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences. And...

  • Right Now, Kids are Dying, Because They Are Gay

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Right now, while I write this, a child is in his or her room, crying because someone at school called them a faggot, or would not sit next to them on the bus, or they did not make a sports team, because they are gay.

    Right now, while I write this, a soldier is serving in Iraq,...

  • Mickey Mouse Jesus banned in Russia

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 29, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Russia had already banned “South Park” because the show’s religious characters “bore signs of extremist activity.” I guess Russian prosecutors were not a fan of Sea Man.

    Now, though, a Russian court has banned Alexander Savko’s depiction of the Sermon on the Mount, with Jesus...

  • Newest entrant into GOP field, Rick Perry, is longtime friend of Israel—and Jesus

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 15, 2011 | 11:50 am

    To some conservative Jews, Texas Gov. Rick Perry would make an excellent presidential candidate. He’s been to Israel more than any other candidate in the field and has said he loves it. And Perry creates jobs.

    But other Jewish conservatives seeking the anti-Obama candidate look at...

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