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Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. (1920–2016)

04/12 | On Dec. 24, 2016, Joseph Fitzmyer died at the Jesuit Manresa Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was recognized as one of the premier Biblical scholars of his generation.   Read more…

When Was the First Communion?

04/10 | Early Christians celebrated the Lord’s Supper as a full meal, but by the third century, it had ceased to be a banquet and had become a ritualized small meal instead.   Read more…

The Edomite Stronghold of Sela

04/08 | In one of the Old Testament’s colder and more brutal episodes, King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.E.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end   Read more…

The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians

04/08 | In part one of a two-part series, Douglas Boin presents new archaeological and historical research in the study of early Christianity.   Read more…

The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians

04/08 | In part two of a two-part series, Douglas Boin challenges the idea that Christians left so few archaeological traces behind because they couldn’t afford to make them.   Read more…

Where Is Golgotha, Where Jesus Was Crucified?

04/07 | Where is Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, located in Jerusalem? In their Archaeological Views column “Golgotha: Is the Holy Sepulchre Church Authentic?” in the May/June 2016 issue of BAR, Marcel   Read more…

Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans

04/06 | Who were the Nabataeans, the industrious Arab people who built the city of Petra and its towering rock-cut monuments over 2,000 years ago? Almost everything about them—their history, their culture,   Read more…

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed?

04/06 | Urban C. von Wahlde looks at the Gospel accounts to see how the stone that sealed the tomb of Jesus is portrayed.   Read more…

What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos?

04/06 | Although Leviticus 19:28 clearly prohibits tattoos, it does not give an explicit reason why. This begs the question: Why does the Bible prohibit tattoos?   Read more…

On What Day Did Jesus Rise?

04/05 | On what day did Jesus rise? After three days or on the third day? Ben Witherington III examines this question in BAR.   Read more…


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