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September 15, 2012 | By T.L. Stanley
Why would comedian Jeff Foxworthy, a devout Christian, initially turn down an offer to host a TV game show about the Bible? The answer is his eternal salvation. "I didn't want to be the guy standing in line in hell saying, 'It was the game show, right?'" Foxworthy said. "I told my wife I didn't think I should do it. " He soon reconsidered, stepping into the role of emcee for Game Show Network's "American Bible Challenge," which has been billed as a show "3,400 years in the making," and now thinks he's probably in the clear come Judgment Day. The show broke ratings records at the cable network with 5.3 million cumulative viewers in its first week and, equally important to Foxworthy, earned a thumbs-up from the God-fearing community.
July 22, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
TERYAYEVO, Russia - As she tried to remove the priceless Bible from its glass case, Moscow University professor Irina Pozdeyeva could barely lift the almost 2,000-page book. The gray-haired scholar ran her fingers through the meticulously stitched and restored leaves of the Bible, produced in 1581 by Ivan Fyodorov, father of Russian printing. Pozdeyeva said she never fails to experience a surge of emotion when she handles the book, one of 350 surviving copies of the first Bibles printed in Russia in the old Slavonic language.
July 16, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Is America ready to get their Bible lessons from Jeff Foxworthy, king of the redneck joke? It's about to become reality as Game Show Network has released the first look at its original game show"The American Bible Challege. " Game shows have tackled everything from the private lives of newlyweds to deepest fears of average Americans, so offering up the Good Book as the basis for frantic competition and fabulous cash prizes seems like the next logical step. They have rock bands and coffee bars in churches now, so it's not as outlandish as it may seem at first.
May 23, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Israeli archaeologists digging near the city of Jerusalem have discovered an ancient clay bulla, about 2,700 years old, bearing the name Bethlehem. The artifact is the only known ancient reference to the city of Jesus' birth found outside the Bible, experts said. The find shows not only that the city existed, but that it probably also had a thriving commercial trade. A bulla is a piece of clay used to make an impression in wax, sealing a document. The wax was intended to show the integrity of the document once it reached its final destination.
February 22, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
The Arizona Legislature has never been shy about weighing in on hot-button issues. (Exhibit A: SB 1070 , the state's illegal immigration law.) The latest such move: a vote to allow public and charter schools to teach students about the Bible. The Arizona House this week voted to allow high schools to offer a class called “The Bible and Its Influence on Western Culture,” which would focus on how the Old and New Testaments have influenced everything from law to literature.  According to the Arizona Republic, five states already provide similar classes: Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Oklahoma.  The Arizona bill's opponents don't dispute that the Bible is a ripe topic for academic study.
January 6, 2012 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
When Hera, wife of Zeus, lays into Artemis, the sister of Apollo, in Stephen Mitchell's new translation of the "Iliad," it sounds more likeMTV's"Jersey Shore"than Mt. Olympus. "How dare you oppose me, you sniveling little …" Hera roars. You can fill in that blank, can't you? Mitchell's updating has resulted in a livelier, more contemporary feel for this epic of world literature - something Mitchell has done before in popularizing other classics including the Book of Job, Tao Te Ching and Gilgamesh.
November 4, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The J. Paul Getty Trust failed Thursday to derail a lawsuit by the Armenian Orthodox Church that accuses the museum of harboring stolen illuminated medieval manuscripts — 755-year-old works that are masterpieces and, to the church, spiritually and historically sacred. After a brief hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan denied the Getty's motion to dismiss the claim. The museum's attorneys argued that the deadline for filing the suit had passed decades ago under the statute of limitations.
June 11, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A computer technician who was arrested on charges of taking photographs of naked women via webcam is facing charges involving at least six victims, some of whom are students at a Christian college he attended. Trevor Harwell, 20, who posted $50,000 bond Wednesday, may have victimized dozens of people, police said Friday. Investigators said a search of his computers revealed hundreds of thousands of images of women, mostly 18 to 25 years old, in various states of undress. The women are believed to be from Orange and Los Angeles counties.
May 25, 2011
Behold, the man who brought you "Survivor," "The Voice" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" has found religion. Executive producer Mark Burnett is bringing the docudrama "The Bible" to the History channel, the network announced Tuesday. The five-part, 10-hour series is planned for 2013 and will cover the Good Book from Genesis to Revelation, using CGI to re-create famous stories, including Noah's ark and the Resurrection of Jesus. The cable channel also said that Kevin Costner will star in "The Hatfields and McCoys," a miniseries for next year about the feuding families from the late 19th century American South.
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