Post-Biblical Period

Post-Biblical Period

Gospel of Thomas (Sayings of Jesus) from the Nag Hammadi

Mar 16

The Gospel of Thomas’s 114 Sayings of Jesus

By: BAS Staff

Read the 114 sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas as translated by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson.


Mar 12

The Split of Early Christianity and Judaism

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Northern Renaissance painter Robert Campin’s Marriage of the Virgin dramatically captures the split of early Christianity and Judaism.

Mar 5

Where Was Moses Buried?

By: Marek Dospěl

Where was Moses buried? We don’t know exactly. Nor did the biblical writers: “Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of […]

Feb 25

Lilith in the Bible and Mythology

By: Megan Sauter

Who were the original humans that God created in the Garden of Eden: Adam and Eve? Or Adam and Lilith? A close look at the opening chapters of Genesis—and ancient Jewish mythology—may suggest that Lilith came before Eve!

Feb 22

Holy Land Souvenirs

By: Marek Dospěl 

Most Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land return home with assorted memorabilia, tangible witnesses of their travels. This tradition of Holy Land souvenirs goes back […]

Feb 7

The Nag Hammadi Codices and Gnostic Christianity

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, the Gnostic view of early Christianity had largely been forgotten. The teachings of Gnostic Christianity had been virtually erased from history by the early church fathers.


Feb 7

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

By: Megan Sauter

When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used by the masses was Coptic.

Origins of Judaism

Dec 26

The Origins of Judaism

By: Marek Dospěl

Where can we situate the origins of Judaism? If we were able to travel back in time, would we find ancient Israelites and Judeans following […]

Dec 13

The Origins of “The Cherry Tree Carol”

By: Mary Joan Winn Leith

“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 Joan Winn Leith explains the carol’s roots in early Christian Syrian churches.

Mariotto Albertinelli Jesus

Dec 8

When Was Jesus Born—B.C. or A.D.?

By: Megan Sauter

In which year was Jesus born? While this is sometimes debated, the majority of New Testament scholars place Jesus’ birth in 4 B.C. or before.