Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Category: Early Jewish History

Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

Churches that misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did he teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue from scripture that he didn’t.

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Sepphoris, photo by Sarah Harris

Galilee in the First Century CE

In this essay I look at 3 aspects of the social history of 1st-century CE Galilee. This provides a context for the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, which mostly took place in Galilee around 30 CE.

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LXX

The Septuagint

This article looks at the Septuagint, the ancient Greek version of the Old Testament. When, where, and why was it produced, and by whom?

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Mary and Martha, Hanover Gartenkirche, Wikimedia

Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany

Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures whose characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story. What is the background of these women, their age, marital status, level of wealth?

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Sending Sacred Money to Jerusalem

Before its destruction in 70 CE, the Jews in the Diaspora maintained ties with the temple in Jerusalem by sending gifts, tithes, and taxes. This article discusses this practice.

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