The nativity offers an enticing opportunity to discover how words and interpretations have shaped the story and our understanding of it.
“I bless this business deal.”
No other nation has conjoined business success and piety quite like America has. Is Donald Trump's election a strange perversion of this tradition?
Clinton: crucified by the religious right?
Want to know why Hillary isn't president? Just turn to the Bible.
Humans co-opted the anatomical structures for breathing and chewing to create speech.
Humans have invented many technologies to survive better – spears, pots, calculators, even language. With language, however, the raw material used to fashion the technology is the human body itself.
A lot of people thought America's religious right was losing its mojo – but it's still got the wherewithal to build a $172m ark.
We need to change our outlook if we are going to improve international relations.
Resurrection, by Andrea Mantegna, 15th Century.
How do you bring someone back from the dead?
Lot and his daughters, by Hendrick Goltzius, 1616.
Has it really always been an absolute no no?
Detail Da Vinci’s The Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli. Judas seated second right.
Alberto Fernandez Fernandez [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
Judas has had a 2,000-year raw deal. Here's why it's time for a rethink.
Forty days in the wilderness: Temptations of Christ, St Mark’s Basilica.
Lent is inextricably linked to Jesus's 40 days in the wilderness, right? In fact, it's not that simple.
Mysterious: Lazarus artwork.
Scraben (via Wikimedia Commons
There are, after all, two very different candidates...
‘What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?’
What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?
Forget evolution, just listen to the rocks.
Simon de Myle – Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat
If the biblical flood occurred just a few thousand years ago, that doesn't leave enough time for the geologic history we see in rocks and fossils.
Bowie performing in Toronto, 1976.
Bowie and the Bible have long been tied together in the work of director Ivo van Hove.
Conservative Christians and evangelicals might want to claim freehold over the Bible – but it’s a text for many readers, even atheists.
Why does an atheist literary scholar need to know about the Bible? It's a text with innumerable interpretative possibilities that allows readers to connect 'the apparently unconnectable'.
A disturbing pattern emerges of women being gorgeous on the outside, and evil on the inside.
What do several early myths have in common? They suggest women must be ruled by men because they are disobedient and curious.
The violence of the Exodus is disconcerting to a modern viewer, but the ancients would not blink an eye.
21st Century Fox
Ridley Scott’s 3D biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), an interpretation of the exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt by Moses, sparked controversy last month when it was banned in Egypt and Morocco…
Get your shades ready.
Fox UK Film
“It’s not even that good a story,” quips Moses during Exodus: Gods and Kings, the latest biblical blockbuster to assault our cinema screens. I think Moses was being rather harsh on himself there; it’s…
What was the celestial body the three wise men followed 2,000 years ago?
The wise men were likely accomplished Greek astrologers, watching the stars for signs of a king’s birth. Technical terms used in the Bible’s description point to a real astronomical event.
Squeeze in everybody!
Interpreting the Bible is a tricky business at the best of times. Those encountering nativity plays or Hollywood epics such as Exodus: Gods and Kings will no doubt spot errors, ranging from innocent inaccuracies…