Was John the Baptist an Essene?

The Dead Sea Scrolls, found between 1947 and 1956 in caves on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, provide us with a picture of a first-century Jewish community that could well have been the home of John the Baptist. At the very least, the possibility is worth exploring. Whether or not the possibility […]

The Man Who Wasn’t There
Textual mysteries created by Hebrew spelling By Harvey Minkoff

Who was Masek? Where is Calneh? What do Adam, Satan, Malachi and Shiloh all have in common? What did Adam say when he saw Eve for the first time? The answers to this little quiz may be disconcerting to some students of the Bible.

How Judaism and Christianity Can Talk to Each Other
The basis for an interreligious dialogue By Jacob Neusner

Recently I wrote a book with Father Andrew Greeley entitled The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together (Warner Books, 1990) that required me to focus on the nature of Jewish-Christian dialogue. The experience led me to conclude that much of the dialogue today is based on the faulty premise […]


My View
Bridging the gulf between bible scholarship and religious faith By Stephen J. Patterson
Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke By David E. Aune