The primary goal of STIR Inc. is to educate a diverse public on the intriguing connections between Bible scholarship, science, manuscript technology, archaeology, the science of psychology, and everyday life as reflected in the media.
Such a combination gives reason for pause and reflection. Whether an atheist, agnostic, or a true believer, all are affected in one way or another by the most popular book in history, the Holy Bible.
Surprising results emerge when the latest in technological advances and innovations are employed in conjunction with a scholastic examination of the Bible. In short, scholar technology. These results prospectively touch the lives of the living, those who have lived, and those yet to live.
As for as STIR Inc. is concerned, the Bible is the centerpiece of study as opposed to religions that claim to represent it. To be clear, STIR Inc. is not a religious organization. It is an educational one. All said, the entries below should be of interest. Instead of being listed chronologically they are listed by entry number (for example, Entry #1, Entry #2, Entry #3, etc.).
Entry #1: August 3, 2017--Science validates what is stated in the Bible (although believers say the Word of God stands on its own merit). According to biometric measures and DNA matching, ancient Canaanites, mentioned numerous times in the Holy Writ, are linked to the people of modern-day Lebanon. Instead of using clay tablets upon which to write, the Canaanites used papyrus as the article mentions. However, the article does not mention the African link to the Canaanites as these peoples used the writing material produced in ancient Egypt, which is in Africa.
A large jar burial containing the remains of one of the individuals sequenced in the study (Dr. Claude Doumet-Serhal - The Sidon excavation).
© JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images.
Entry #2: August 4, 2017--An ancient Roman town was discovered Western Europe, specifically France. It has been well preserved. The article announcing the discovery states in part: “The medal as well as objects such as an ax head and structural elements like wooden beams were all oxidized by the fires that plagued the city, which effectively prevented the natural process of decay and corrosion through the centuries, according to experts.”
Intriguingly, the apostle Paul makes a connection to his intended missionary journey and today’s Western Europe. “Therefore, when I journey to Spain, I hope that I will see you and be accompanied partway there by you after I have ﬁrst enjoyed your company for a time.” (Romans 15:24, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures)
He mentions Spain again several verses later. “So after I have ﬁnished with this and have delivered this contribution securely to them, I will depart by way of you for Spain.” (Romans 15:28)
Being a Roman citizen, Paul's had a special interest in writing Roman Christians relative to the Roman colony of Spain. (Acts 16:37; 22:25–29; 25:11; 26:30-32) It all lines up from an archeological and historical perspective.
Did Paul ever make it to Spain? While the Bible is silent on his intended excursion, Pope Clement I wrote that the apostle was “Herald (of the Gospel of Christ) in the West,” and thereafter noted that “he had gone to the extremity of the west.” (1 Clement, Lightfoot translation)
Scholar John Chrysostom said of Paul: “For after he had been in Rome, he returned to Spain.” (Chrysostom on 2 Tim.4:20; Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I Volume XIII) Cyril of Jerusalem wrote that Paul "fully preached the Gospel, and instructed even imperial Rome, and carried the earnestness of his preaching as far as Spain.” (Cyril on Paul and gifts of the Holy Ghost; Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II Volume VII, Lecture 17, para.26)
Finally, The Muratorian fragment references ‘the departure of Paul from the city of Rome when he journeyed to Spain.’ (The Muratorian Fragment lines 38–39)
Modern-day France is just above modern-day Spain. However, the line of demarcation separating the two countries may have been rather ambiguous (if existent at all) in the first century C.E. In other words, today’s France and today’s Spain probably were one and the same in Paul’s day.
It all goes to show the historicity of the Bible.