Tag: the ancient near east

How Did Ancient Bureaucrats Set Their Interest Rates?

01/02 | When did people begin issuing interest-bearing loans? And how did they decide how much to charge for the privilege of borrowing money?   Read more…

Posted in Daily Life and Practice.

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…

Posted in Post-Biblical Period.

The Origins of Democracy

11/06 | When we think of democracy, we usually think of the ancient Greeks, but identifying the exact origins of political practices can be tricky.   Read more…

Posted in Daily Life and Practice.


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