The Joy of Reading the Text for Yourself

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 […]

Antiochus — the Great, the Mad, and all the rest

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 […]