QUAKE CLAIMS WORSHIPPERS AT PRAYER
AFGHANISTAN: SECOND CHRISTIAN HOSTAGE KILLED
Urgent calls for prayer have followed the shooting of a second member of the South Korean Christian aid party kidnapped by a Taleban group in Afghanistan. The body of 29-year-old Shim Sung-min, a former information technology worker, was found outside Ghazni city, central Afghanistan on Monday. A man claiming to speak for the group reiterated threats to kill all the remaining 21 hostages if Kabul and South Korea failed to agree to a release of Taleban prisoners.
Sources: The Guardian (31/7); Church Times (3/8); The Church of England Newspaper (3/8)
BIBLE TRUTH CONFIRMED BY BABYLONIAN CLAY TABLET
A clay tablet inscription deciphered 130 years after it was excavated has been hailed as a breakthrough for biblical archaeology. It took Dr. Michael Jursa a mere couple of minutes to reveal the name of a court official of King Nebuchadnezzar who is also mentioned in the Old Testament. Nebo- Sarsekim, the royal officer mentioned in the 2,600-year-old Babylonian inscription, also appears in Jeremiah’s account of Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem. The find is significant because it is a rare example of a non-biblical reference to someone other than a king featured in the Old Testament. Geza Vermes, the eminent emeritus professor of Jewish studies at the University of Oxford, said that ‘it will be interesting for religious people as much as historians’.
Source: The Times