St John the Evangelist
Christianity

The Acts of John, and The Polymorphism of Jesus

February 25, 2019

Many of the apocryphal gospels were essentially novels written during the early Christian era, and they were filled with adventurous tales of shipwrecks, necrophilia, self-mutilation, and other wild stories. […]

Depiction of Maimonides teaching students about the 'measure of man' in an illuminated manuscript.
Religion

Moses Maimonides: Philosophy of Judaism and Jewish Law

December 1, 2017

Moses Maimonides, the great 12th-century philosopher and legalist, lived at the pinnacle of Jewish culture in the Islamic world. What is amazing about Maimonides is that, despite making his living as a physician and having an active medical career, he was also a prolific writer. And “prolific” doesn’t do justice to describing the extraordinary output of his writing. […]

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Islam

Understanding Arab Culture—Islam and the Five Pillars of Faith

December 1, 2017

It’s pretty difficult to talk about what it means to be an Arab without also talking about Islam, the second largest religion in the world. The question is are the terms Arab and Muslim synonymous? The quick answer is no. In fairness Arabs are overwhelmingly Muslim, but not all of them. […]

oil painting of Jesus standing at the sea side
Christianity

Apocrypha: The Wisdom of Jesus Christ

July 5, 2017

The New Testament gives us 27 canonical texts—gospels, letters, and more—but these works are only a tiny fraction of the many volumes written about the life of Jesus, his family, and the apostles. This alternative body of literature falls under the category of “apocrypha,” which means “hidden” or “secret,” and it offers fascinating insights into the early Christian world and how different groups understood the teachings of Jesus and the first apostles. […]

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Historical Approaches

What Can The Apocrypha Teach Us About Mary?

June 13, 2017

While Mary is present in the Canonical gospels, its really in the early Christian apocrypha that she becomes the leader among the saints. Explore several key texts to uncover what we know about Jesus’ mother, her relationship with the disciples, and what makes her unique among the New Testament figures. […]

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