By: Robin Ngo
Were the creation stories in Genesis meant to be taken literally? Maybe not, says Biblical scholar Shawna Dolansky in her Biblical Views column “The Multiple Truths of Myths” in the January/February 2016 issue of BAR.
Compare differences in the Biblical text between the King James Version and Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest New Testament.
By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister
The ancient village of Bethsaida frequently mentioned in the Gospels is believed to be located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, but where precisely the abandoned city lies remains a fiercely-debated question among scholars.
In the first century C.E., during the First Jewish Revolt, the Jewish historian Josephus urged his besieged countrymen in Jerusalem to surrender to the Romans. Half a millennium earlier, Jeremiah did the same thing with respect to the Babylonians.
By: Sarah K. Yeomans
Did the Antonine Plague influence shifts in religious practices at the end of the second century C.E.?