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The Apostle Paul’s Backstory: An Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins

The Apostle Paul is a biblical giant who wrote almost one-third of the New Testament, yet most details of his life remain a mystery. How could a devout Pharisee become the most influential Christian theologian of all time? Into that void steps master storyteller Jerry B. Jenkins (@JerryBJenkins), weaving a gripping narrative that illumines Paul’s […]

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Texas Governors Keep Tradition of Dedicating Bible Verses to Successors

Since 1925, governors in Texas have continued the tradition of singling-out Bible verses for the benefit of their successors on inauguration day. It began when Gov. Pat Neff placed the inscription, “Presented to My Successors in Office,” on a small leather-bound Bible and gave it to Gov. James “Pa” Ferguson with Psalm 119:105 marked: “Thy […]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Second Temple

Most Christians think of today as Christmas Eve—which, of course, it is. But tonight, Jews are the world will celebrate the final hours of Hanukkah, an eight-day commemoration of the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. Hanukkah is commonly associated with the distinctive nine-branched menorah, as well as with trappings […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Americans are celebrating the national holiday of Thanksgiving, commemorating when, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until […]

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A Collection of Bible Museums & Exhibits

The Bible is a living record of God’s word, meant to be personally engaged with on a daily basis. Yet it also has a fascinating historical side to it that transcends continents, cultures, and millennia. One way of capturing its illustrious and storied past is by devoting museums to its multifaceted existence. We thought it […]

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Is the Bible Abridged? An Interview with Joel Hoffman

Ancient texts that didn’t make it into the canon of the Bible purport to give insight into what happened to Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden, the manner in which Abraham discovered monotheism, and the life of Enoch. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Joel Hoffman (@JoelMHoffman and @GodDidntSayThat) about his book, The […]

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Exploring Scotland’s Bible

Scotland has understandably been in the news quite a bit lately. Bible Gateway, alas, has no online Bible in the Scottish Gaelic or Scots languages. But all of the recent discussion of Scottish history and identity prompted me to read up on the history of the Bible in Scotland. The University of Glasgow has an […]

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Reading the Bible with Eastern Eyes: An Interview with Kent Dobson

Is it possible to read the Bible like the earliest believers did? One of the great challenges in reading the Bible is the massive gap—chronological and cultural—between the Bible’s original audiences and modern readers. Is it possible for a modern Bible reader to appreciate the mindset of the Bible’s ancient Jewish and Christian authors and […]

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Chart of Israel’s and Judah’s Kings and Prophets

Blogger Grid member Craig T. Owens (@craigtowens) has created the helpful chart above delineating the Old Testament kings and prophets of Israel and Judah. He says: One challenging point in history is the divided kingdoms of Israel (the 10 northern tribes) and Judah (the 2 southern tribes). What makes it challenging when reading straight through […]

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Mark Noll on Our Changing Understanding of the Bible in America

Yesterday, Mark Noll delivered a public address in conjunction with the Bible in American Life conference. Noll is a respected scholar of the history of Christianity, as well as the author of the influential Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. I thought I’d share just a few of his insights here. In his address, Noll presented […]

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