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Were Mary and Joseph Married or Engaged at Jesus’ Birth?

12/06 | Were Mary and Joseph married or engaged when they traveled to Bethlehem? Biblical scholar Mark Wilson examines what the gospels say in this Bible History Daily guest post.   Read more…

Site-Seeing: The Hometown of Santa Claus

12/05 | Myra, hometown of St. Nicholas, is on scholar Mark Wilson’s top-ten list of Biblical sites to visit in Turkey.   Read more…

Was Pontius Pilate’s Ring Discovered at Herodium?

12/04 | Thorough cleaning and advances in photographic technology have shed new light on this discovery.   Read more…

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…


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