Apr 19 Blog
By: Jonathan Klawans
Many people still assume that Jesus’ Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover. In this exclusive Bible History Daily guest post, Boston University Professor of Religion Jonathan Klawans provides an update to his popular Bible Review article questioning this common assumption.
Apr 3 Blog
By: Megan Sauter
What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.
Apr 27 Blog
In the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, an early edition of the New Testament written in Greek, the Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ anger before healing a leper (Mark 1:41). While later scribes changed Jesus’ anger to compassion, it is likely that Codex Bezae preserves the original reading.
Sep 19 Blog
By: Robin Ngo
A recent press release issued by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte details finds from the Mt. Zion excavations that may shed light on the domestic lives of Jewish elites in Jerusalem. The archaeological team, led by Shimon Gibson and James Tabor, uncovered the lower levels of what appears to be a first-century C.E. mansion that may have belonged to a member of the Jewish ruling priestly caste. Among the structures discovered in this mansion are a vaulted bath chamber with a bathtub connected to a large mikveh.