Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena, oil on canvas by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov
Historical Approaches

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.
Philosophy

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. […]

Ancient History

Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World: Egyptian Pharaohs

December 1, 2017

Official Egyptian religious culture was centered on temple worship, and temple worship was always carried out in the name of the Egyptian Pharaohs. The concerns of official Egyptian religious culture were expressed in “cult”—that is, in actions of ritual worship. […]

History

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. […]

History

Life in the Arab Cluster—What Does it Mean to Be An Arab?

December 1, 2017

What does it mean to be part of the Arab cluster? First of all, to be an Arab is not so much an ethnic heritage as it is a cultural identity. Although it’s similar to what it means to be a North American, that doesn’t entirely capture it either. Let me explain. […]

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