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Bible History Daily's Week in Review

November 17, 2012


The Origin of Christianity

In the November/December 2012 issue of BAR, Geza Vermes discusses how the Jewish Jesus movement decreased its focus on Mosaic law as it began to embrace non-Jewish members and develop into a gentile Christian religion.

Why Christianity and Judaism Parted Ways

The newly revised Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism presents the first six centuries of the two religions in one understandable and engaging volume. Learn about the histories of these two religions from the first century to the Arab conquest.

The Quest for the Historical Paul

What can we reliably know about Paul and how can we know it? Biblical scholar James Tabor analyzes Biblical and extrabiblical depictions to provide readers with four diverse treatments of the historical apostle.

Bible and Archaeology Fest

The 15th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest is off to a great start in Chicago. Visit our travel/study page and join us on the exciting seminar and travel programs we’ve put together for our readers and scholars in 2013!


A Mystery at the Bottom of a Neolithic Well

Israeli archaeologists excavating one of the world’s oldest wells at ‘Enot Nisanit were surprised to discover two 8,500-year-old skeletons at the bottom of the well.

Third-Century Giant Discovered Outside of Rome

A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that a 6-foot 8-inch Roman stands as the earliest preserved example of a skeleton suffering from gigantism.

Archaeologists Reveal a Desecrated Iron Age Temple at Beth-Shemesh

Excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh, a city occupied by the Israelites, Canaanites and Philistines, revealed an 11th-century B.C.E. temple that was intentionally desecrated after its abandonment.


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