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Jesus' faithful companion is often cast as reformed sinner, but she may have been anything but.
Eve (and Adam) pay the price.
Many biblical women have suffered from centuries of bad press. So what were they really like?
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.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt is leading a sanctuary offer to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
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In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection.
Mysterious: Lazarus artwork.
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There are, after all, two very different candidates...
It's regarded as a Biblical myth, but what the magi are supposed to have seen is rooted in astronomy.
‘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?
Fear and tension make the pain much worse.
Pain during labour and birth is a complex combination of physical and psychological factors.
The earliest sources, including Paul’s letters, show very little interest in the mythological details of heavenly existence.
Wikimedia Commons/ Probably Valentin de Boulogne: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles.
Interpretations of Paul the apostle's texts provided the basic fund of imagery that continues to inform popular opinion about what Christians mean when they talk about "heaven", or "hell".
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.
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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.
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“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…
The Bible goes shiny.
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The tan-tastic trailer for Ridley Scott’s new epic Exodus: Gods and Kings was recently released, to lukewarm response. What I find most striking about the trailer is not, as you might expect, Christian…
Bible literacy’s up in this electric chapel.
Easter is here, and while some might reflect on the resurrection of Christ, I’m wondering at another miracle of sorts that we’re witnessing – the renaissance of the Bible in popular culture. The run up…