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Category Archives: History

The Long Reach of Christian Beliefs (The Apostles’ Creed and More)

Christianity did not begin when we were born. Nor did our generation invent Christian thought… Today’s Christianity is directly affected by what earlier Christians chose to do and to believe. —Justin Holcomb, Know the Creeds and Councils If you spoke with one of the earliest Christians, would you agree about the essentials of the Christian […]

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American History’s Entwined Relationship with the Bible: An Interview with Angela Kamrath

Look at a dollar bill and you’ll read “In God We Trust.” Visit the US Supreme Court and you’ll see, on the South Wall Frieze, Moses holding the Ten Commandments. The US Capitol building includes the Congressional Prayer Room, “to provide a quiet place where individual Representatives and Senators may withdraw to seek Divine strength […]

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Interview: Bible Scholar Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible

Has archaeology confirmed the existence of any of the people mentioned in the Bible? In his article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk identifies 50 figures from the Old Testament that he says have been confirmed archaeologically. An […]

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Google Map Gallery Includes Lands of the Bible

Google has just announced the launching of Google Maps Gallery, a new way for organizations to share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine. One map in particular caught our eye–the “Lands of the Bible.”

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New Videos: Did a Historical Adam Really Exist?

Last month, with the help of our friends at Zondervan Academic, we posted a series of different perspectives on the question of biblical inerrancy. Today, we turn to another topic that relates to the discussion about biblical interpretation: the question of the “historical Adam.” The question of whether Adam and Eve actually existed—as real people […]

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The Bible and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther king, Jr. Day in the U.S.—a holiday dedicated to the memory of the influential civil rights activist and preacher. Because King understood the struggle for civil rights to be a spiritual as well as political crusade, his speeches and writings often drew heavily on the Bible. How familiar are you with […]

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The Biblical Imagery of the Gettysburg Address

Today is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. Delivered several months after the bloody, decisive Battle of Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Address put the brutal violence of the American Civil War into a grander civic and spiritual context. Have you read the Gettysburg Address? You might be surprised to learn that it’s actually […]

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Reformation Reading at Bible Gateway

Looking to do some Reformation reading today? You may not realize it, but Bible Gateway’s got a strong library of Reformation-related material, all online and easily accessible. Here are some of our Reformation resources: The Geneva Bible: It seems fitting to start this list with the book that lay at the center of the Reformation: […]

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Five Bible Verses to Read on Reformation Day

Are you ready to celebrate? I’m not talking about Halloween—I’m referring to Reformation Day, which falls on October 31. (Of course, there’s no reason you couldn’t combine the two—I hope you’ve got your Martin Luther costume ready!) Reformation Day is a time to remember and reflect on the Protestant Reformation, a movement of theological reform […]

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More on the Anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

With all the discussion today of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “I Have a Dream” speech, we’ve gathered a few more links you might find interesting.

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