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Jesus as Lord of the Dance

10/02 | The apocryphal Acts of John describe the dance of Jesus and the apostles. How widespread was the ritual of dance in Christian worship?   Read more…

Early Christian Amulets: Between Faith and Magic

10/01 | Just like their pagan neighbors, Jesus’s followers of the first Christian centuries would commonly resort to protection amulets to guard themselves from illness and any kind of harm.   Read more…

The Sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas

09/30 | New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole examines what the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas reveal about the early Christian world in which they were written.   Read more…

The Gospel of Thomas’s 114 Sayings of Jesus

09/30 | Read the 114 sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas as translated by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson.   Read more…

Baptismal Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

09/29 | In 2015, UNESCO added the archaeological complex at Al-Maghtas, Jordan—called the Biblical “Bethany beyond the Jordan”—to its World Heritage List. Another tradition places the baptismal site on the west bank   Read more…

Understanding Israel’s 10 Commandments

09/28 | Are the 10 Commandments really a moral code, or did the ancients understand them rather as the constitutional basis of a political theocracy?   Read more…

First Person: Misogyny in the Bible

09/27 | According to scholar Christopher Rollston, there are many examples of the marginalization of women in the Bible.   Read more…

Wilderness Wanderings: Where is Kadesh?

09/26 | According to the Bible, the Israelites stayed at a place called Kadesh-Barnea following their Exodus from Egypt and wanderings through the desert. Where is Kadesh-Barnea?   Read more…

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

09/25 | Aren Maeir will be offering a MOOC titled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” online from early December 2018 on the EdX platform.   Read more…

Who Was Thecla?

09/24 | The leading lady of the apocryphal work the Acts of Thecla may not be a well-known figure today, but nearly every early Christian knew her name.   Read more…


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