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MOOC—Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah

12/04 | Aren Maeir is offering a MOOC titled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” online on the EdX platform.   Read more…

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

12/03 | The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like?   Read more…

The Origins of “The Cherry Tree Carol”

12/02 | “The Cherry Tree Carol” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 13th-century England; an American version was discovered in Appalachia in the 20th century. Stonehill College Biblical scholar Mary   Read more…

The Three Magi

12/01 | Bearing gifts for the infant Jesus, the three wise men from the east traversed afar to reach Bethlehem. What do we really know about the magi, who are so central   Read more…

Is the Earliest Image of the Virgin Mary in the Dura-Europos Church?

11/30 | A third-century portrait of a woman drawing water from a well was uncovered in the Dura-Europos church in Syria. While this was originally interpreted as the Biblical scene of the   Read more…

Biblical Pharisees and Jewish Halakhah

11/29 | Were the Biblical Pharisees really as bad as the New Testament makes them seem? Professor Roland Deines of the University of Nottingham thinks not.   Read more…

Why Did Early Christians Prefer the Codex to the Bookroll?

11/28 | Evidence shows that preserved early Christian manuscripts are more often codices than the then-established bookrolls. Why?   Read more…

The Aleppo Codex

11/27 | The world’s oldest Hebrew Bible, the Aleppo Codex, is missing pages—and not just a couple leaves, but four of the Five Books of Moses! What happened to them?   Read more…

What’s Missing from Codex Sinaiticus, the Oldest New Testament?

11/26 | Compare differences in the Biblical text between the King James Version and Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest New Testament.   Read more…

Tischendorf on Trial for Removing Codex Sinaiticus, the Oldest New Testament

11/26 | Constantine Tischendorf’s chance finding of Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest New Testament manuscript, at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai—and his later removal of the manuscript—made him both famous and infamous.   Read more…


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