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The Parables of Jesus

09/26 | Helmut Koester suggests that the parables of Jesus did not communicate a hidden meaning when they were told by Jesus—the parables of Jesus could be understood by all.   Read more…

Book of Leviticus Verses Recovered from Burnt Hebrew Bible Scroll

09/23 | A burnt ancient scroll found 45 years ago has finally been deciphered thanks to advanced digital technology. The scroll was revealed to contain verses from the Book of Leviticus.   Read more…

Qumran Phylacteries Reveal Nine New Dead Sea Scrolls

09/23 | Nine small Dead Sea Scroll fragments were discovered in ancient phylacteries, or tefillin.   Read more…

How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile?

09/22 | Was there really weeping from the Judahite exiles by the rivers of Babylon? New evidence suggests that life was actually pretty good for some Judahite deportees and their successors.   Read more…

12,000-Year-Old Shaman Funeral Reflects Natufian-Period Changes

09/21 | Archaeologists discovered in a cave in Israel the 12,000-year-old grave of a shaman. According to researchers, the unusual burial reflects the social changes that accompanied the transition from a foraging   Read more…

What Did Gladiators Eat?

09/19 | A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.   Read more…

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

09/18 | 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…

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

09/18 | Where is Mt. Sinai? At a 2013 colloquium in Israel, an international group of scholars debated the question. At the center of the debate was Har Karkom, a mountain ridge   Read more…

Jethro in the Bible

09/18 | Read the article by Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel as it appeared in Bible Review.   Read more…

The Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

09/18 | In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered   Read more…


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