First Person: Misogyny in the Bible

Christopher Rollston is one of the world’s leading paleographers of ancient Near Eastern inscriptions. I have been harshly critical of some of his views, principally regarding unprovenanced inscriptions—inscriptions that have surfaced only from the antiquities market, not from a professional archaeological excavation. They may be forgeries, he argues. Although my criticism of Chris’s position is …

‘Invaders of Obscure Race?’ Understanding the Hyksos

By: Anna-Latifa Mourad From the time of the first pharaoh, ancient Egyptian civilization saw over a thousand years of unbroken development, with dynasty after dynasty of divine kings building pyramids and overseeing the growth of a rich culture. But after this ‘classical age’ of the Old Kingdom, toward the end of the third millennium BCE, …

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle - Seeker https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/addEventListener.js?v=asset2a65c5a3571a106904a2dbcac76e4c17 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/bind.js?v=assetb4b44e88256d517dc80092f1fddfdeb0 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/indexOf.js?v=assetf99e3210291abbbb9189e7e35109d117 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/html5shiv/html5shiv.js BY ROSSELLA LORENZI An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out in the area. Used by the Maya for travel and transporting goods, the causeways …

The Parables of Jesus

Jesus’ parables were among the earliest of his sayings to be collected. One collection of parables formed the basis of the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark. The author of the Gospel of Matthew then used this Markan material and added more parables from other sources, thus assembling in a unified speech in chapter …

Does the Gospel of Mark Reveal Jesus’ Anger or His Compassion?

  In the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, an early edition of the New Testament written in Greek, the Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ anger before healing a leper (Mark 1:41). While later scribes changed Jesus’ anger to compassion, it is likely that Codex Bezae preserves the original reading. Image: Cambridge University Library/ff.288v & 289r from …

Gospel of John Commentary: Who Wrote the Gospel of John and How Historical Is It?

The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, tell the story of the life of Jesus. Yet only one—the Gospel of John—claims to be an eyewitness account, the testimony of the unnamed “disciple whom Jesus loved.” (“This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know …