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Category Archives: History

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 […]

Filed under Apologetics, Easter, Evangelism, Guest Post, History

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? The inaugural prayer in this case drew from the Bible, but perhaps not from a passage you know. Here’s how […]

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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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Jesus and the Culture of His Day: An Interview with Craig A. Evans

Archaeological evidence enlightens our understanding of the life and death of Jesus and the culture in which he lived, providing a context for the different periods in time. Bible Gateway interviewed Craig Evans (@DrCraigAEvans) about his book, Jesus and the Remains of His Day: Studies in Jesus and the Evidence of Material Culture (Hendrickson Publishers, […]

Filed under Apologetics, Archaeology, Bible, Books, History, Interviews, Jesus

Bible Honored in US House of Representatives

In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of National Bible Week, Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado (@RepDLamborn) led an hour-long gathering on the floor of the US House of Representatives Nov. 15 recounting the Bible’s significance in the history of America and the recitations of Bible verses from members of Congress honoring the role the Bible […]

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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: An Interview with John Walton and Craig Keener

Sometimes a little context is needed to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. Reading the Bible could be compared to traveling in a foreign country. Having a faithful guide who reveals the surrounding culture offers a more complete understanding. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (website) provides expert insight into the customs, […]

Filed under Bible, Editions, History, Interviews, New Testament, Old Testament

Zondervan to Release NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Decades of historical and cultural research on the ancient world will soon be accessible in the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, August 2016). Notes and resources hand-picked by Bible scholars John H. Walton (Old Testament) and Craig Keener (New Testament) complement the New International Version of the Bible, the world’s most read and most […]

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Passover Explained: God’s Deliverance

The season of Passover is April 22-30, 2016.Browse resources for Passover in the Bible Gateway Store. The 8-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring in the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This fascinating story is found in the book of Exodus. […]

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