A French-inspired plan, implemented last August to end the fighting in Chad between nomadic Muslim tribes in the north and Christian and animist tribes in the south, fell apart last month. Under the plan, President Félix Malloum, a Christian, brought in rebel Hissen Habre as prime minister. Cabinet posts were evenly divided between southern blacks and the so-called Arabs. An attempted coup by Habre last month was inconclusive. Habre’s forces appeared to have the upper hand in downtown areas of the capital, N’Djamena. A dozen or more missionaries were evacuated to Paris from N’Djamena and parts of the northern sector. But elsewhere, early this month, missionary activity appeared unaffected.

The text of the last and most complete of the Dead Sea scrolls was finally published in Hebrew last month after ten years of work. The seven other scrolls, found in a cave near the Dead Sea by a Bedouin youth in 1947, were deciphered and studied during the 1950s. But the 28-foot “temple scroll” was not uncovered until the 1967 war, under the floor of a shop whose Arab owner had been involved in purchase of the earlier documents. The scroll deals with reconstruction of the temple and with teachings of the Essene faction of Judaism that forbade divorce and polygamy and that support celibacy.

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In the March 2 news story about the lawsuit between leaders of two organizations active in Bible smuggling, the reference to evangelist John E. Douglas (p. 53) was garbled. CHRISTIANITY TODAY staff members who interviewed Douglas mistakenly assumed that the two events being discussed—the departure of L. Joe Bass from the Douglas organization and the 1959 arrest incident—were connected. The 1959 event took place after Bass left the Douglas organization. ...
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