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Pilgrims’ Progress to Byzantine Jerusalem

08/15 | Jerusalem has been revered as a holy city for millennia—with pilgrims a staple feature in its bustling streets. Egeria’s Travels and the journals of the Bordeaux Pilgrim and the Piacenza   Read more…

Ancient Egyptian Mummification

08/15 | A study recently published in PLOS ONE demonstrates that the ancient Egyptians began to embalm mummies 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.   Read more…

Job Challenges God by Suing: God Responds

08/15 | After losing his health, wealth and children in inexplicable tragedies, the righteous and devout man Job questions God as to what he must have done to deserve such a heavy   Read more…

The Shema‘ Yisrael

08/15 | The Shema‘ Yisrael from Deuteronomy 6:4 (“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one”) is Judaism’s holiest confession. Today, we understand the passage as a monotheistic   Read more…

Biblical Pharisees and Jewish Halakhah

08/15 | The common perception of Biblical Pharisees is that they are a bunch of hypocrites. They taught others to follow Jewish halakhah (law) closely and interpreted detailed rules from the scriptures,   Read more…

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

08/15 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

The Quest for the Historical Paul

08/14 | What can we reliably know about Paul and how can we know it? As is the case with Jesus this is not an easy question.   Read more…

6,500-Year-Old Ur Skeleton Resurfaces in Penn Museum

08/12 | A 6,500-year-old skeleton from the site of Ur in present-day Iraq was recently rediscovered in the basement of the Penn Museum.   Read more…

The Edomite Stronghold of Sela

08/12 | 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…

How December 25 Became Christmas

08/12 | 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…


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