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Syracuse Herald Journal (Newspaper) - January 6, 1996, Syracuse, New YorkEsther Semuon 470-2248 january Syracuse Herald journal Page my Lihue nightclub is transformed into a House of prayer who says you can t make a silk purse out of a sow s ask the Rev. George Frazier. The congregation he the greater mount Zion Church of god m Christ in has purchased the former Riverview nightclub and converted it into a Church. And Frazier says that turning the formerly infamous club from place of ill repute into a place of Joy and is one of his greatest accomplishments As a minister. His 150-member Strong congregation recently held sunday services in the building s Large Kitchen while pews and carpet were being installed in the new the club s former dance floor. As Frazier put not a Devil worshipping place before the lounge closed last year for violating state alcoholic beverage it was a common site for late night shootings and other violent crimes to rid the building of its nightclub the minister removed Blue moved out Pool tables and took Down a number of what he called pictures and drawings was a pleasurable Frazier told the Hickman courier More i got into the More i enjoyed the associated press study finds High number of clergy fired or resign a National Survey of protestant clergy has found that an unusually High number 22.8 percent say they have either been fired or forced to resign their pastorale at some Point during their career the conducted among a random Sample of clergy readers of three evangelical magazines christianity and your Church also found that one in four of the dismissed or forced out pastors said they had had the experience More than once. The Survey s return rate was 64 percent and the margin of error was plus or minus 3 8 percent the Survey did not indicate if percentage of the firings or forced resignations were for clergy wrong doing according to the reported in the Winter 1996 Issue of clergy said conflicting visions for the congregation Between themselves and members was the top reason Given As to Why they were terminated religion news service turkish muslims want fewer religious restrictions a religious movement newly elected As the largest party in parliament will use its Power against what it sees As restrictions on Muslim religious its Leader said. Civil for Are being denied permission to say noon prayers on the Muslim holy welfare Leader neck Etta Erb akan said in the Milhet newspaper Turkey has no Law forbidding prayer during but Erb akan apparently meant his party would try to make it easier for state employees to take time out to Pray. Welfare s Call for an islamic regime in secular Turkey helped it win 158 of 550 seats in dec. 24 elections the movement Hopes to convince a Center right party to join it in forming a coalition government. Erb akan told the newspaper that his group would the country within the framework of the current Constitution the associated press Catholic diocese publishes joint Liturgy an informal prayer designed for christians and jews to use together in settings ranging from living rooms to a Church or has been published by the roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago. The prayer Book was written by rabbi Leon director of interfaith affairs of the anti defamation league of b Nai and the Rev Bruce general Secretary of the United methodist commission on Christian Unity. The read aloud format includes an opening presentations from jewish and Christian and a concluding out prayer designed to increase inter regious understanding at the local and Small especially in settings in which group prayer would be appropriate Robbins and Klecki said they did not dilute the beliefs of their respective faiths or minimize the differences Between christianity and Judaism. Whole purpose is to hear each other As they Are and provide a foundation of understanding and Robbins said religion news service religion and Faith learning to foot environment suburban thursday Medicine fed off Law Stu rat Faith the lunar like surface inside the dome of the Rock bears the Marks of including a depression that religion news service archaeological architect Leen Ritmeyer believes Marks the spot where the Ark of the covenant once stood. Solving an ancient mystery archaeologist says he s found where Ark of covenant once stood. By Adelle m. Banks religion news service one of the great mysteries for biblical scholars and believers alike is exactly where the Ark of the Cove Nant stood in the Temple King Solomon built in Jerusalem nearly years ago the Ark of the covenant itself the wooden Chest used to store the Stone Tab lets on which the ten commandments Are believed to have been written has been lost m the dust of history. But an archaeological architect i England claims the place of Honor the Ark once occupied is clearly visible today on Jerusalem s Temple inside the Muslim shrine known As the dome of Rock in an article published sin the current edition of biblical archaeology Leen Ritmeyer describes How he used Bible texts and rabbinical commentary to deduce that the Ark stood m a rectangular depression carved in the Rocky outcropping below the dome the Niche 2 7 inches by 4 4 inches is clearly visible to worshippers and tourists who visit the he said me. It s the Cherry on the cake of my Ritmeyer said in a Tele phone interview from eng land i an architect known for his reconstructive drawings of numerous archaeological Sites in jaad previously published an article in biblical archaeological review describing the location of the original Temple the plat form on which Solomon s Temple was built his latest findings Are a Continua Tion of that research now believe with nit having gone in search of the research has directed us to the very spot where the Ark of the covenant stood within the holy of he writes in the january february 1996 Issue of the Magazine. There has been much archaeological speculation about the exact Safe of Solo Mon s Temple and the location of the holy of the chamber in which the Ark was placed few research ers have pinpointed the original location of the Ark and while Ritmeyer says his re search proves the truth of certain Bible biblical archaeology reviewed Tor Hershel Shanks views his work in a different Light at least for is that it brings us closer to that biblical world m a very tangible Shanks said Don t think it s going to convert any body i Don t think it s going to have any political significance in modern he said Bui i think it s extraordinarily meaningful to people who love the has been there All along. I have looked at the Rock so Many times. It took me 21 years to know How to look at Leen archaeological architect who love biblical who Are passionate about exploring our common religious Solomon s Temple was destroyed by the babylonians in 586 b c. A second built on the rums of the and expanded by Herod the great was destroyed in 70 a d Many scholars agree both temples stood somewhere on the elevated ground now lopped by the dome of the Rock and the mosque of Al but they disagree on exactly where the temples stood archaeological surveys of the Rock mass directly below the dome Are prohibited by Muslim who have controlled the site since the seventh when the Christian Church that occupied the site was re placed by a mosque. Palestinian Muslim religious leaders who Are currently in charge of the site have rejected archaeological evidence and jewish claims that a Temple was Ever located on the Temple mount. The Temple mount is holy to christians and who believe that it is the site where Abraham brought his son to be sacrificed muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven from the Bedrock known As on the Temple mount site using measurements made by a Ger Man scholar in photographs and his own Ritmeyer detailed where he believes the Walls of the holy of holies were within the Temple above he declares that a spot right m the Center of the holy of holies is where the Ark rested the same dimensions As god gave Moses for constructing the sacred Container in exo dus 25 shall make an Ark of acacia it shall be two and a half cubits a Cubit and a half and a Cubit and a half a Cubit is a unit of measure that equals 20 5 inches. The ancient Israel s most sacred ritual accompanied the wan Dering tribes of Israel Over the until King David brought it to Jerusalem and his ultimately erected the Temple the Ark was installed in an enclosure known As the holy of which was entered Only once a on the Day of by the Temple s High priest. Ritmeyer said his discovery about the Aik s placement also is confirmed in scripture in two verses of the first Book of Kings in the hebrew the of the Ark is mentioned you put it on natural it would be wobbling would t asked Ritmeyer got to prepare a Flat place on which the Ark would be Able to without rocking my research has proved that 1 Kings verse 6 and 21 Are True i found the placement of the Ark Ritmeyer said he used the Bible s measurements m 1 Kings 6 20 to locate the holy of holies 20 cubits by 20 cubits that i be found confirms that the record m Kings about Solomon building a Temple and preparing a place for the Ark of the covenant is he said and what he has Ritmeyer can be seen by any tourist who visits the site the Rock is surrounded by a but depression is Only about 10 feet away from the he said has been there All he said have looked at the Rock so Many times it took me 21 years to know How to look at other specialists in the Field of biblical archaeology Welcome Ritmeyer s analysis but say questions about the location remains guess is As Good As anybody said Avraham director of the Nelson Glueck school of biblical archaeology of the hebrew Union College m Jei Salem although the findings May excite rage interested in the archaeologists Are tempering their enthuse explained Gary executive director of associates for biblical re an evangelical Christian ministry based in a. Ritmeyer s method of gathering in formation from texts and ancient archaeological evidence puts a new spin on an old he said probably Given us the Best the Best suggestion As to where the Ark of the covenant and the Temple itself actually said Byers being Able to get in there and do accurate Mea he has really provided us a wealth of information and some really plausible but like the other archaeology said there s More work to do. May have solved the but we can t say definitely he he said. Bible shares hotel rooms with other books some chains carry other spiritual texts. By Edwin Mcdowell new York times news service it used to be that hotel guests could count on finding at least three things in their a a bathroom and a Gideon Bible. These Days the bibles Are even More but they no longer have the Field to themselves. In a growing number of hotels the Bible now keeps company with the Book of the teach Ings of Buddha in rarer with science and health by Mary Baker the founder of Chris Tian or the Way to Happi a publication of the Church of scientology. Reflects the fact that m this diversified the Christian Bible is no longer the sin Gle religious said Leander the Wikley professor of biblical theology at the Yale divinity school. The american hotel and Motel association says the number of bibles m hotel drawers has grown partly because the number of hotel rooms m the United states has in creased to 3 4 from 2 6 Mil lion m 1983. Perhaps More the Gideons evangelical business and professional men from various Christian denominations who have been putting bibles m hotel rooms for almost a Century appear to have lost no missionary ardor. But Many of the hotel rooms m the Marriott Chain whose j w. Was a mormon carry the Book of mormon As Well As the Bible so does the mormon owned 95-room inn at Temple Square m Salt Lake whose Small Library also car Ries the talmud and Koran. Some hotels m the United states also carry the teaching of compliments of the society Foi the promotion of based in Tokyo. While most hotels that carry the teaching of Buddha Cater heavily to asian the Book is also m All 383 rooms of the Ritz Carlton m the 781 rooms of the California hotel and Casino in downtown Las the rooms of the Fon tame Bleau Hilton m Miami and in hotels in new Texas and d c. Took a while for our Book to get into because it was not As Well known As the said Tomohito the . Director of the society for the promotion of buddhism Steve the general manager of Barnaby s hotel in Manhattan near los Angeles International has no trouble keeping science and health in All 128 along with the Bible. Generations of posts have owned this hotel and we re Chris Tian he said. While Christian scientists do not actively seek to place science and health in Martin Sirota of the Church s committee on Publica Tion something we might think the Church of scientology International said that a foundation formed by scientologists since placed More than cop ies of the Way to writ ten by the founder of Ron in More than 350 american hotels despite America s growing religious the Bible does not appear Likely anytime soon to lose its Primacy in hotel rooms Only holy Book we have in our hotels is the because our guests Are 99 percent americans and the majority of them Are Chris said Ravi Patel in who with his family owns 20 hotels in Virginia and the Caroli Nas Abdel Rahman the senior or at the islamic Center of new said muslims did not try to put the Koran in hotel rooms guests May take it to the bathroom or some other improper most mus he memorize at least the Koran s opening which must be recited during each of the five daily prayers Neil a rabbi and associate professor at the jewish Theo logical Seminary in new York said that As far As he knew there was no jewish organization that tried to place religious works m hotel rooms. He very grateful to find a Gideon Bible in my if i Don t have my hebrew Bible the Gideons International founded by three travelling salesmen m 1899 and named for a biblical judge of Israel who also led a Small band of men dedicated to the service of god has Given away about 700 million copies of the King James or mod Ern English versions of the Bible
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