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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Nauvoo was gravely injured and much reduced by the expulsion of the Mormons. But it didn't simply die. Between 1849 and 1860, the Illinois town was the headquarters of a little-remembered experiment in utopian ...
Studying the Hindu traditions of India can shed light on ancient rituals described in the Bible but now long dead.
Travelers to and from Israel give little thought to the history of Lod, hoping simply to get through the airport as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Amidst all the terrible news from the Middle East, something beautiful and significant: In 2007, a new masterpiece of Islamic architecture was completed in the United Arab Emirates — spectacular, signific...
It's been alleged that religions worldwide have tended to resist translation of their sacred books into languages that ordinary people can read. This is historically misleading at best.
Archaeological work in the ruins of ancient Capernaum may help to answer a number of important questions about the man chosen by Jesus to lead his church.
Can a fictional text be authentic scripture? Is all scripture historical? What if a text claims to be historical but isn't? When does historicity matter?
In a sense, historians don't study the past. Instead, they study whatever remains of the past that has survived into the present. That's just one of many things that make reconstructing the past a challenge.
Can the Bible be used as a source for the history of Israel and the Middle East before the Babylonian exile? Some recent scholars have said no. Other scholars (not all of them religious) have responded vigorous...
At least two very different definitions of "scripture" commonly appear in conversation and writing. They shouldn't be confused.