The famous biblical book alludes to God only once. Historically, though, most interpreters have argued the poem’s about love between the divine and his people.
The Bible is full of stories about migrants. That doesn’t mean it has a simple takeaway message about them.
Samaritans still live in Israel, where they are often caught between Israeli and Palestinian identities.
A scholar of the ancient Near East explains how loan forgiveness was handled thousands of years ago in the Bible and royal decrees.
The huppû, from modern-day Syria were celebrated athletes, trained in specialist academies, touring to foreign kingdoms, and facing the threat of arts funding cuts.