New Testament

New Testament

Roman Lady Mosaic from Pompeii

Mar 19

5 Ways Women Participated in the Early Church

By: Megan Sauter

What was life like for women in the Christian Church during the first century C.E.? When the books of the New Testament were being written, […]

The Apostle Paul in Arabia Petra Treasury

Mar 9

The Apostle Paul in Arabia

By: Megan Sauter

The New Testament recounts many episodes from the apostle Paul’s life. Yet it provides scant details about his visit to Arabia. In his letter to […]

Feb 26

3 Pilgrimage Paths from Galilee to Jerusalem

By: Megan Sauter

To celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), and the Feast of Booths (Sukkot), many Jews traveled to the Jerusalem […]

Arabic Colophon

Feb 12

Dating the Oldest New Testament Christian Manuscripts

By: Marek Dospěl

The New Testament that we read today in many different translations is not based on one single manuscript of the original Greek text. Why? There […]

The Bethesda Pool, Site of One of Jesus’ Miracles

Feb 11

The Bethesda Pool, Site of One of Jesus’ Miracles

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Bethesda Pool, where Jesus heals the paralytic man in the Gospel of John, is a complex site. It appears to have been a mikveh, or ritual bath.

Jan 5

The Hungry Jesus

By: Andrew McGowan

Andrew McGowan challenges the tradition that Jesus was a welcoming host at meals.


Jan 3

Ancient Synagogues in Israel and the Diaspora

By: Megan Sauter

Were there synagogues before the Romans destroyed the Temple, or did they develop only afterward? Communal structures from the Second Temple period have been discovered, but should they be considered synagogues even though they don’t share the major architectural feature common to post-destruction synagogues?

Mary Simeon Anna

Dec 22

Mary, Simeon or Anna: Who First Recognized Jesus as Messiah?

By: Ben Witherington III

Who was the first person to truly recognize Jesus as the messiah and understand the implications? Biblical scholar Ben Witherington III takes a close look at the account given in Luke, and sheds some light on what the Biblical narrative has to say about who was the first to recognize Jesus as the messiah.

Mary and Joseph in the Bible

Dec 21

The Betrothal of Mary and Joseph in the Bible

By: Megan Sauter

With Christmas around the corner, many people read the Nativity stories in Matthew 1–2 and Luke 1–2. Tucked into these narratives are the engagement and […]

Pieter Bruegel Bethlehem Painting

Dec 13

How December 25 Became Christmas

By: Andrew McGowan

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.