Paul and Judaism: 5 Puzzles

In recent years, five questions have dominated scholarly discussions regarding Paul’s attitudes toward Judaism and its Law.

The Holy Land in Christian Imagination

The idea of a holy land has its beginnings in ancient Israel and in the Hebrew Bible. Biblical history begins with the call of Abraham to leave his people and his land in Ur of the Chaldees (Iraq) to serve the one God in a new land, the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1). During […]

Fantasy & Reality
Ancient maps of Jerusalem By Rehav Rubin

Jerusalem—Holy City for Jews, Christians and Muslims—exists in time, in space and in imagination. Early maps of the city, which often combine these elements in ways that the modern eye finds disconcerting, can teach us much about the city— and the people—of the past.

How the Books of the New Testament Were Chosen

How did the Church decide which books to include in the New Testament? When was the decision made? By whom? The surviving evidence unfortunately does not provide answers in the detail we would like, but it does document a number of the developments that eventually produced the New Testament as we know it.


The Priestly “Picture of Dorian Gray”
Ancient Israel’s priests would be aghast at the moral pollution of the earth: the brazen slaughter of thousands, millions dying of hunger, while the free world silently changes the channel. By Jacob Milgrom
Why Was Jesus killed?
It makes no historical sense to say, “Jesus was killed for the sins of the world.” By Marcus J. Borg
Hebrew for Bible Readers
Studying the creation story in Genesis 2 By Keith N. Schoville
Greek for Bible Readers
Present and Future active indicative (continued) By David Alan Black