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Category Archives: History

Slavery, the Bible, and Our Need for Humility

Does the Bible condone slavery? As we mark the 150th anniversary of the turning point of the American Civil War, it’s a good time to think about the ways people have used, and mis-used, Scripture.

Filed under Apologetics, Bible Study, History

Biblical Archaeology is in the Air

Summer is here! That means summer vacation, trips to the beach, and (for some of us)… archaeology season! Many archaeological digs—including many with relevance Bible-related archaeology—take place during late spring and summer, so it’s a good time to check in on the latest archaeology projects.

Filed under History

Shakespeare and the Word

Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday (or at least as near to it as anyone is able to guess). Did you know that Shakespeare’s plays are chock full of Bible references? Some are obvious, but many require very careful reading—and a very thorough familiarity with the Bible—to catch.

Filed under History

Now on Bible Gateway: the World’s First Study Bible!

We’re pleased to announce that the 1599 Geneva Bible–perhaps the single most significant English Bible translation in church history–is now available on Bible Gateway!

Filed under History, New version

Celebrate Reformation Day!

Did you know that October 31 is one of the most significant dates in church history? No, I’m not talking about Halloween—I’m talking about Reformation Day!

Filed under Church, History

Proclaiming Truth, Rejecting Heresy: Reflections on the Nicene Creed

Creeds are on our mind at the moment because this month in the year 325 A.D., a council of early Christian leaders gathered to create one of the most important and influential creeds in all of Christian history: the Nicene Creed.

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What Was the Original Language of the Bible?

What language was the Bible originally written in? Greek? Latin? Read on for a brief overview of the original languages (there were more than one!) of the ancient Bible.

Filed under Bible Study, History

Why Didn’t They Stop? Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Forty-four years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The day before he was killed, he delivered his last speech to a crowd of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. In it, he recasts this parable of the Good Samaritan in a thought-provoking way.

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Purim: God Brings Deliverance Through One Woman’s Courage

“One person can make a difference!” It’s a clichéd phrase that gets trotted out at every national election—the idea that one man or woman among thousands or even millions can have a significant impact. Well, cliché or not, it was certainly true in the case of Esther, the Biblical woman who stood up to injustice […]

Filed under History, Holiday

Stories About Scripture: The Story of a Scribe

What does it mean to have a sense of reverence about Scripture? Pastor Mel Lawrenz of The Brook Network has written a series of short essays called “Stories About Scripture” to explore this question. Here’s his newest essay, about the incredibly daunting task of transcribing the Bible.

Filed under History, The Bible