Who Wrote the Gospel of Luke?

The answer seems obvious: a man named Luke, of course. But do we really know this, and, if so, how? The gospel itself never reveals the author’s name. The title “The Gospel According to Luke”—printed in virtually every Christian Bible today—is late: We have no evidence that it appeared on the earliest versions of […]

Searching For Saul
What we really know about Israel’s first king By Marsha White

A handful of Hebrew Bible scholars, in recent years, have attacked the historicity of the biblical account of King David’s reign (1 Samuel 16 through 1 Kings 2). There is no evidence outside the Bible, these scholars claim, for the existence of David.1 They note that these stories are part of the Deuteronomistic History,2 […]

The Un-Moralized Bible

Sometime around the year 1225, a Latin Bible with illustrated commentary was made for King Louis VIII of France.1 It is called the Bible moralisée, and it is a remarkable and disturbing work. This Bible is massive both in size and scope. Every one of its 246 pages is coated in gold. Each page […]

The Bible Through a Poet’s Prism
Reading Emily Dickenson’s poems as Revelation continued By Cliff Edwards

The Bible,” wrote American poet Emily Dickinson, “is an antique Volume…/ Written by faded Men / At the suggestion of Holy Spectres.” Condemning contemporary pastors for rendering the sacred texts lifeless, the poet urged that Scripture be sung in a manner relevant to everyday life: “Had but the Tale a warbling Teller…/ All […]


The Shape of Justification
A misunderstood term has caused great confusion in understanding Paul, and it’s time to get it right. By N. T. Wright
Jacob and Isaac