The Israelites

The Bible’s portrayal of the Chosen People preserves the good and the bad.

Fishers of Fish, Fishers of Men
What we know of the first disciples from their profession By Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

What sorts of men were Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John—crude, ignorant laborers or savvy and practical men of the world? The reliability of much of the Gospels rides on the answer.

Geza The Jew

Cats can have nine lives, not people. But the case of Dead Sea Scroll specialist Geza Vermes will make you wonder. His remarkable life is now encapsulated in an autobiography, reviewed herein.

The Fluid Bible
The blurry line between biblical and nonbiblical texts By Sidnie White Crawford

We like to think of Holy Writ as unchanging, but the ancients didn’t. A study of the Dead Sea Scrolls reveals that texts could exist in different forms—even be consciously modified—without losing their sanctity.

In Death as in Life
What the biblical portraits of Moses, Aaron and Miriam share By Erica S. Brown

We expect to learn from the lives of great people, not from their deaths. But in the case of Miriam, Aaron and Moses, their deaths reflect their lives.


Why Does Jonah Want to Die? By Chaim Seiden
Milk and Honey
Biblical comfort food. By William H.C. Propp
What Price the Uniqueness of Jesus?
To wrench Jesus out of his Jewish world destroys Jesus and destroys Christianity. By Anthony J. Saldarini
The Resurrection