Throughout Australian history, the Bible has been used by those both asserting colonial power and subverting it, as a tool of oppression and as an instrument of justice.
A new book explores the complex and nuanced place the Bible has held in Australian culture since hundreds of copies arrived with the First Fleet in 1787.
Title page and dedication from a 1613 King James Bible, printed by Robert Barker.
Private Collection of S. Whitehead
Research on under-catalogued documents in Oxford sheds new light on one of history's most influential books.
Songwriters such as Nick Cave (pictured) and the late Yolngu star Gurrumul have often drawn on the scriptures in their work.
In less than two generations, the proportion of Australians who never pick up a Bible has leapt to seven out of ten. But a robust biblical literacy can help us decode creative works and understand the past.
Detail from Caravaggio’s Mary Magdelene, painted circa 1594-1596.
For centuries, Mary Magdalene was wrongly depicted as a repentant whore, diminishing her vital role as witness to the resurrection. A new film portraying her life does much to restore her character.
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In three Gospels, Christ suffers in silence, while in the fourth he speaks out. Either way, the result is the same: crucifixtion and death.
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We may imagine Jesus in long robes with baggy sleeves, but this is far from how he would have dressed.
God’s scientific lesson for Job.
Forcing people to separate science and religion can lead to damaging denials of science.
The ingredients of incense were detailed in the Old Testament.
The four ingredients for holy incense are listed in the Old Testament, but there was much debate over the origin of one of them -- onycha. Scientists think they've now confirmed the source.
At the heart of this theology is a problematic understanding of power, particularly God’s power.
It is time for fundamentalist Christians to examine their own theology and face up to how it has contributed to the abuse of women, intentionally or otherwise.
William de Brailes, circa 1250AD
As well as his 95 Theses, Luther took on the awesome challenge of a new German translation of the Bible in which he set out to challenge both doctrinal and social beliefs.
Noah’s Ark – a biblical story of genocide.
We still live in a violent world – and the Bible can help children understand it.
Our first episode of Trust Me, I’m An Expert tackles the debate unfolding as Australia contemplates changing the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couple to marry.
In this episode of Trust Me I'm An Expert, we're wading into the same-sex marriage debate with experts on the Bible and the law, and fact-checking claims that kids do best with a mother and a father.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
Margaret Court’s views on homosexuality do not reflect those of most Christians.
There is nothing inherently Christian about the so-called traditional arrangement of the nuclear family.
Jehovah’s Witnesses pray during a regional congress of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minsk, Belarus in 2015.
There are over eight million Jehovah's Witnesses in 240 countries worldwide. They have no political affiliations and they renounce violence. However, they have been easy targets for many governments.
David seducing Bathsheba, Anonymous.
Women are constantly implicitly blamed, both in the Bible and in contemporary culture, for their rape.
Professor Kasimir Popkonstantinov and the marble reliquary that potentially held John the Baptist’s bones.
Here's what DNA analysis of relics purported to be from Jesus or his family can actually tell us.
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.