David and Joab
United by ambition By Robin Gallaher Branch

Embedded in the biblical account of David’s rise to power as king of Israel is a parallel succession story—that of Joab. As the youthful David struggles against Saul, Israel’s first king, Joab fights beside him. When David secures the throne and becomes king, Joab is made commander-in-chief of the army, a job he keeps […]

The True Cross
Separating myth from history By Jan Willem Drijvers

In the days of Constantine the Great, the cross on which Jesus died was “rediscovered” in Jerusalem. Tradition gives Constantine’s mother, Helena, full credit for the find. Today, visitors to Jerusalem are shown the very spot, in a cistern beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the empress is said to have unearthed […]

The Chapel of the True Cross

036Piero della Francesca: The Legend of the True Cross in the Church of San Francesco in Arezzo

Did Ancient Jews Missionize

Was ancient Judaism a missionary religion? Well, it depends on what you mean by “missionary.”

Why God Has So Many Names

When the prophet Jonah, on a ship in the Mediterranean, was asked by his fellow travelers who he was, he answered: “I am a Hebrew. I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land” (Jonah 1:9). From this passage, it is clear that the Hebrews referred to […]


Divine Scents
God doesn’t just see and hear the Israelites, he can smell them too. By Mary Joan Winn Leith
Vision Quest
Jesus and his followers as visionary prophets By Ben Witherington III
To the tomb