More than 1,500 years ago, ancient writings were buried that offered alternative narratives about Jesus of Nazareth. There were many of these alternative gospels that rendered very different versions of the story and were considered scandalous and deemed ... Read Helmut Koester's article "Recovering the Original Meaning of Matthew's Parables" as it originally appeared in Bible Review, June 1993. Koester suggests that the parables of Jesus did not communicate a hidden meaning when they were told by Jesus-the p... Research by Jewish and Christian scholars during the past few decades indicates clearly that during the first centuries of the Common Era there were “Judaisms” and there were “Christianities.” Neither... As we read the story of Passion week, we often bump into scenes that don't quite make sense. Did the same crowd that cheered for Jesus' triumphal entry call for his execution a week later? Why did Jesus choose his last week to overturn the tables in the t... What did Jesus look like? That's a question that no book in the New Testament seems interested in answering. Growing up around illustrated Bibles and Sunday school flannelgraphs that depicted the Saviour as a tall, handsome, bearded Caucasian figure with ... The Hellenistic/Roman world of Jesus is a fascinating one, but unfortunately, more often than not, it is largely ignored by students of the New Testament and Christian Origins. It is important to become familiar with the political, social, cultural, and r... Was Jesus a Jew? Some people claim that Jesus was a Christian. Some have claimed that he was an Aryan Christian. But in recent decades scholars have been returning to ancient historical settings and discovering the Jewish Jesus. Anthony J. Saldarini’s art... "Giving Thanks - A Way of Life" by Brad H. Young. The Thanksgiving holiday creates many images for us, from Pilgrims and Indians sitting down together at a table and giving thanks to God to football games and colorful parades.