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Does the Gospel of Mark Reveal Jesus’ Anger or His Compassion?

08/05 | In the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, an early edition of the New Testament written in Greek, the Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ anger before healing a leper (Mark 1:41). While   Read more…

The Limits of Tolerance: Halakhah and History

08/05 | In part one of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines the early history of Jewish unity and disunity.   Read more…

Heart Disease in Mummies

08/04 | Today, heart disease is one of the greatest threats to our health. Recent studies demonstrate that even our ancient ancestors suffered from heart disease.   Read more…

The Ancient Library of Alexandria

08/03 | When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C.E., the Ptolemaic dynasty was given control of Egypt. Ptolemy I (c. 367–283 B.C.E.) established his capital at Alexandria and immediately began to   Read more…

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

08/03 | Some of the most famous churches in Jerusalem were built during the Christian Crusades by Crusaders wishing to memorialize sites they believed to have great Christian significance.   Read more…

Josephus on the Essenes

08/01 | Josephus’s commentaries on the laws and characteristics of the Essene community have been invaluable to scholars studying ancient Jewish laws and customs.   Read more…

Understanding the Good Samaritan Parable

08/01 | Who were the Samaritans? Dr. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University explains how getting an accurate answer to this question can shed light on how shocking the Good Samaritan parable would   Read more…

Philistine and Israelite Religion at Tell es-Safi/Gath

08/01 | Over the past few years, excavations at Tell es-Safi have exposed some remarkable cultic discoveries, including a horned altar. Watch excavation director Aren Maeir describe the find and its relation   Read more…

Lebanese Cedar—The Prized Tree of Ancient Woodworking

08/01 | In the Biblical world, Lebanese cedar (Cedrus libani) trees were highly sought after as an excellent source of timber for ancient woodworking. The wood’s high quality, pleasant scent and resistance   Read more…

When Did Christianity Begin to Spread?

08/01 | How old is Christianity? Churches are among Biblical archaeology findings that hold the answer.   Read more…


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