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William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and a blogger for Patheos. William Hamblin is a professor of history at BYU and co-author of “Solomon's Temple: Myth and History.” Their views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.

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A city that isn't even mentioned in the Bible may have been a key part of the earthly upbringing of Jesus and might help us to understand some of the expressions that he used in his teaching.
A remarkable discovery was made in 2009 during a construction project at the site of ancient Magdala, near the Capernaum of Jesus and the first apostles.
Can archaeology locate the site of Jesus Christ's burial and resurrection? There are two principal candidates for the designation. Which, if either of them, is right?
Here are some of the words associated with Holy Week and Easter that provide a glimpse into the events associated with the atonement of Jesus Christ, as well as into the history of Christianity itself.
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Although many in the West imagine Buddhism to be pacifistic, its history contradicts this — not because of the nature of Buddhism so much as because of the nature of human beings.
Is religion intrinsically and inevitably at war with science? Plainly, it's not.
Spirituals by anonymous African or African-American slaves provided both religious hope and earthly comfort — and some of them may even have offered literal maps to freedom.
Islam raises the same interpretative questions found in most of the world’s great religions.