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Biblical Scholarship

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Historical Jesus? Not So Fast.

Chris Sosa | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science
Chris Sosa

In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.

Pioneering Biblical Scholar: Charles B. Copher

Nyasha Junior | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Nyasha Junior

Although he published extensively in religious journals, Rev. Dr. Charles Buchanan Copher's work is not widely known, but Copher has not been forgotten.

What Everyone Should Know About The Fourth Gospel

John Shelby Spong | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
John Shelby Spong

Almost any poll of regular church goers will reveal that their favorite book in the New Testament is the Gospel of John. Yet, I suspect that if these devotees of John's Gospel were introduced to the world of Johannine scholarship, they would be both shocked and angered by contemporary insights into this treasured book.

The New Testament In Historical Context

Greg Carey | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Misconceptions skew our understanding of the New Testament, often in ways that hinder our faith development and our ability to engage the world in constructive ways.

Biblical Scholarship: What's It Good For?

Greg Carey | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Ordinary Christians have been doing without biblical scholarship, or with very little exposure to it, for centuries. And it's plain to see that Christian biblical scholars are no more saintly than anyone else.

The Bible And The Second Amendment

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

For some folks, God is the guarantor of American freedom including in particular, gun ownership.

Putting The Text Of The Bible Back Into Context

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

A closer look at the original context of the words of the Bible can help readers see past these translation mistakes, which range from awkward phrasing to misrepresenting such central themes as the Ten Commandments.

5 Common Misconceptions About The Bible

Christine Hayes | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Christine Hayes

When it comes to the Bible, modern Americans are at a distinct disadvantage. They know both too much and too little.

Where Do 'Liberal' Bible Scholars Come From?

Greg Carey | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

It should be no surprise that biblical scholars run in all shapes, sizes, colors and denominations. What would surprise many people, though, is this one fact: many of us have our roots in fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity.

The Archaeological Evidence for Jesus

Craig A. Evans | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Craig A. Evans

The archaeological evidence shows that Jesus grew up in a small village, Nazareth, about four miles from Sepphoris, a prominent city in the early first century C.E.

The Cyrus Cylinder And A Dream For The Middle East

Jacob L. Wright | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Jacob L. Wright

The values of tolerance that the Cyrus Cylinder has come to represent today must be held high. Yet in doing so, we must also heed the voices of those who opposed Persia's imperial reach.

The James Ossuary: Is It Authentic? (An Update)

Robert Eisenman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

The only trial in the world which seems to have taken longer than the Amanda Knox one in Italy is the extended trial over the so-called James Ossuary in Jerusalem.

5 Myths About Forgiveness In The Bible

Maria Mayo | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Maria Mayo

It may well be true that "Forgiveness sets you free." However, the idea of forgiveness as a psychological or emotional condition traces to 18th-century moral philosophy, not first-century Christian writings.

Why You Don't Understand The Bible

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The oral tradition that crystallized into the Talmud, the Midrashim and the Kabbalah is the only tool available to successfully decode the massive amount of legal, ethical and spiritual information embedded in the text.

Caretaker, Farmer, Citizen Or Creature: Four Biblical Voices On Our Relationship To Creation

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

There are at least four different models in the Torah for the human relationship with Creation. Each voice comes from a different source and each one still has something to teach us today.

Why Do I Doubt Both The Atheists And The Theists?

Vincent Bugliosi | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Vincent Bugliosi

Even though I don't feel that a belief in God (theism) or disbelief in him (atheism) is unintelligent, I do feel that a certitude about either of these two positions is.

Museum To Feature Treasure Trove Of Biblical Artifacts

Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion

By Cathy Lynn Grossman USA Today WASHINGTON (RNS) A new multimillion-dollar, high-tech, interactive museum of the Bible was announced Thursday amid 1...