On first reading the biblical text, Jethro seems a simple person, almost monolithic, someone who impresses us most as a family man. When he meets a young refugee, Moses, whom he believes to be Egyptian, he thinks immediately of his daughter Zipporah, who is not yet married (Exodus 2:20–21). Later, when Moses, who is […]

“Spinning” the Bible
How Judaism and Christianity shape the Canon differently By James A. Sanders

Most people think that the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible are two names for the same thing. Actually, they are quite different, as I shall show—even though all of the books of the Hebrew Bible are indeed included in the Old Testament: Protestant Bibles contain all the same books as the Hebrew Bible; […]

The Jewish Roots of the Transfiguration

The Transfiguration—the moment when Jesus is mystically transformed by divine power in the company of Moses and Elijah—offers a uniquely Christian message. At this moment Jesus’ divinity is revealed to his disciples. Yet the roots of this complex story, so critical to Christian theology, are deeply embedded in Jewish tradition. The story of the […]

Why Moses Could Not Enter The Promised Land

Why was Moses condemned to die in the wilderness?


Why Did Gauguin Paint Jesus with Red Hair? By Hershel Shanks
The New Inheritance According to Paul
The Letter to the Romans re-enacts for all peoples the Israelite Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land—from slavery to freedom. By N. T. Wright
Creation Myths Breed Violence
The Chaoskampf myth of creation sets up a cosmic cycle of violence. Can it ever bring peace? By Tikva Frymer-Kensky
The Good Samaritan