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Uncovering the Jewish Context of the New Testament

08/07 | Most Jewish readers approach the New Testament, if they approach it at all, with at best a certain unfamiliarity. This is unfortunate, according to Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine,   Read more…

Coins Celebrating the Great Revolt Against the Romans Unearthed near Jerusalem

08/05 | Excavations near Jerusalem uncovered a rare hoard of coins dating to the fourth year of the Great Revolt against the Romans (69/70 C.E.).   Read more…

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…

Condemned to Mine Copper

08/04 | Sending condemned prisoners to mine copper in the Faynan in present-day Jordan was a popular form of early Christian persecution in the Roman Empire.   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…


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