Sometimes everything comes together, and that’s what happened at Limmud Johannesburg, an international festival of Jewish learning at which I was scheduled to present. I was looking forward to the event — and not just for what it was. I’d previously presented on four continents, and with my first presentation, on the Dead Sea Scrolls, […]
Earlier this month I had the great joy of traveling to South Africa, in part to talk about The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor. On my second day in country, I spoke on the radio about my writing. Here’s the on-air interview. Enjoy.
Why did God allow my three-year-old baby to die a horrible death? a distraught mother recently asked. Was God really involved?
Perhaps surprisingly, the Bible is silent regarding the purpose of the Tower of Babel. But the historian Josephus tells us that the point of the tower was to be….
Paul’s opening salvo in his trial before the Roman leader Agrippa in Acts 26 seems straightforward. But Josephus shows us that Paul is really mocking Rome’s representative. Having been arrested after an altercation with a group of Jews, Paul says (Acts 26:2-3): I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am […]
“Evil is part of free will” is one of those non-answer answers that most people find infuriating. But perhaps in the context of what a world without choice would be like, and as we are grateful for the choices other people have made, we can wonder if evil really is a necessary part of what we cherish most….
There’s something inexplicably exhilarating — at least for me — about reading actual ancient texts. I don’t mean transcriptions, but the texts themselves. To help spread this joy, I’ve put a page of the glorious 6th-century Vienna Genesis manuscript of the Septuagint on The Unabridged Bible. In addition to the fabulous illustration, the Greek text […]
Adam and Eve’s wayward son Cain is most well-known for killing his brother Abel. But he also represents evil more generally, and, it turns out, a surprisingly modern vice….
Did you know that the Antiochus who antagonized the Maccabees was nicknamed “the Mad”? Or that he spent time as a Roman prisoner before ruling ancient Syria? Do you know why some people say that the Maccabees fought against the Syrians, while other people call them the Greeks? In honor of Hanukkah, the page on […]
The full website will be gradually rolled out in 2014. But you can take a sneak-peek at what’s coming now. Start on the home page, or jump right to The Life of Adam and Eve or the page on Ptolemy.