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Category Archives: History

Rebel in the Ranks: How Martin Luther’s Reformation Changed Much More Than the Church

What do you think about when you consider the Protestant Reformation (which started 500 years ago this year)? Most of us tend to picture Martin Luther nailing his famous “95 theses” to the wall of a Wittenberg church—an act of defiance that led to the Reformation and changed the religious landscape of Europe. In many […]

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

Blogger Grid member Craig T. Owens (@craigtowens) created a while ago the helpful chart below delineating the Old Testament prophets and kings of Israel and Judah and has now updated it: [Sign up to receive in your inbox a free daily reading of the Old & New Testament from Bible Gateway] Craig says: One challenging […]

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What Lukewarm in Laodicea Really Means

By Zach Hoag The concept of the lukewarm Christian is drawn from Revelation 3, which gives us the last in a series of seven messages to seven influential churches in Asia Minor. Jesus, speaking through the apostle John, saved his strongest words for last: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. […]

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Celebrate James I’s Birthday by Reading the King James Bible

Today is the 451st birthday of King James I! James’ long rule was marked by many noteworthy historical events and literary developments, but perhaps the most important was the Bible translation that he sponsored: the Bible we know today as the King James Version (also known as the King James Bible or KJV). The King […]

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D-Day June 6, 1944: The Bible and Prayer of WWII

During World War II, troops were given a pocket Bible in which was included a letter from US President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging them to read it. The letter reads: To the Armed Forces: As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the […]

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The Biography of Christianity: An Interview with Ian Shaw

How well do you know the story of Christianity from its birth and infancy among a handful of followers of Jesus Christ, through its years of development into a global religious movement, spanning continents and cultures and transcending educational and social backgrounds? Bible Gateway interviewed Ian J. Shaw about his book, Christianity, The Biography: 2000 […]

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Was Jesus’ Death on the Cross Faked?

by Lee Strobel [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel: Find Answers to Tough Questions About the Bible] The plush setting was starkly incongruous with the subject I was discussing with Alexander Metherell, MD, PhD. There we were, sitting in the living room of his comfortable California home on a balmy […]

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Reading the Bible with America’s Founding Fathers: An Interview with Daniel Dreisbach

No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Bible Gateway interviewed […]

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Exploring the Apocrypha at Bible Gateway

If you watched Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony earlier this week, you saw that it started with a prayer offered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. But did you recognize where in the Bible that prayer came from? [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, CNN: A Catholic Reads the Bible] The inaugural prayer in this case drew from […]

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Bible Verses Emphasized by Past US Presidents on Inauguration Day

US Presidents raise their right hand and customarily place their left hand on a Bible when they recite the oath that inaugurates them into the office. Out of 67 inaugurations to date, 37 had Bibles opened to specific verses on Inauguration Day. According to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, following is a list […]

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