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How December 25 Became Christmas

12/02 | Theological scholar Andrew McGowan examines how December 25 came to be associated with the birthday of Jesus and became Christmas, a holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.   Read more…

Christmas Stories in Christian Apocrypha

12/02 | The modern Christmas nativity scene is drawn from apocryphal texts in addition to the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke.   Read more…

Modi’in: Where the Maccabees Lived

12/01 | Modi’in was the hometown of the Maccabees, the heroes of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid king who ruled over Judea. Have excavations conducted within the modern Israeli city of   Read more…

The Virgin Mary and the Prophet Muhammad

12/01 | The Virgin Mary and the prophet Muhammad have a lot in common within their respective Christian and Islamic traditions, according to author Mary Joan Winn Leith.   Read more…

Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?

12/01 | Were the gifts of the magi meant to save Jesus from the pain of arthritis? It’s possible, according to researchers at Cardiff University in Wales who have been studying the   Read more…

Visiting Turkey: Museums of Archaeology Dazzle

11/30 | Mark Wilson takes you on a tour of new archaeology museums in Turkey.   Read more…

Herod the Great: Friend of the Romans and Parthians?

11/30 | Jason M. Schlude explores how King Herod manipulated his position between two regional powers.   Read more…

Herod’s Death, Jesus’ Birth and a Lunar Eclipse

11/29 | Read letters published in the Q&C section of BAR debating the dates of Herod’s death, Jesus’ birth and to which lunar eclipse Josephus was referring.   Read more…

The Ancient Bean Diet: Fava Beans Favored in Prehistoric Israel

11/25 | A study of the seeds recovered during excavations of Neolithic sites throughout the Galilee indicates that legumes, especially fava beans, made up a substantial part of the Neolithic diet.   Read more…

What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

11/25 | What happened to Cain in the Bible? In the Book of Genesis, we are told about Cain’s birth, his violent act of fratricide and his subsequent exile. We learn that   Read more…


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