BERLIN, Germany — An umbrella organization of Germany’s Jewish groups is alleging that an article in one of the country’s leading magazines “fuels anti-Semitism.” Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster was commenting on an article Spiegel magazine published Saturday about a German parliament resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement targeting Israeli occupied territories. The Spiegel story suggests two Jewish groups, WerteInitiative and Naffo, used “aggressive lobbying methods” to get lawmakers to vote for the resolution in May.

 

Researchers have discovered what they believe to be the oldest ever Christian letter - outside of the Bible. A small fragment of papyrus – which was used throughout the ancient Mediterranean world for writing or painting on – was found dating back to the 230s A.D. It’s thought to be older than all the other Christian documentary evidence of Roman Egypt. The letter originates from the village of Theadelphia in central Egypt and was sent by Arrianus to his brother, Paulinus. "Greetings, my lord, my incomparable brother Paulus," the letter reads. "I, Arrianus, salute you, praying that all is as well as possible in your life." The letter includes updates on the family and even a simple request for some fish liver sauce. The document is part of a collection of ancient manuscripts at the University of Basel in Switzerland.