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. […]

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. […]

Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus in a stained glass portrait
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. […]

St Paul writes his gospels
Christianity

The Historic Importance of Saint Paul

March 16, 2017

Saint Paul’s role in the development and spread of Christianity helped define it as a major world religion, instead of a sect within Judaism. Surprisingly, his writings rarely mention Jesus’ teachings at all… […]

Closeup photo of the face on a statue of Buddha lit in purple and blue
Historical Approaches

The Origins and Rise of Buddhism

March 10, 2017

Where, and when did Buddhism begin? How did it become so popular, capturing the hearts and minds of millions of faithful followers around the globe? Delve into the life of Siddhartha Gautama and the tenets of his philosophy, including the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path to enlightenment. Then find out how these ideas developed and spread world-wide. […]

Christianity

Who Were the Three Wise Men?

February 22, 2017

‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ is a popular carol, But we’re not sure that ‘The Three Wise Men were kings, were three, were from the Orient, or were wise. […]

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