William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
Recent Articles by William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 4:25 am MDT
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.
Published: Friday, March 6, 2015 5:15 pm MST
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.
Published: Friday, February 20, 2015 4:01 pm MST
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?
Published: Friday, February 6, 2015 5:07 pm MST
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.
Published: Friday, January 23, 2015 4:54 pm MST
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...
Published: Friday, January 9, 2015 5:11 pm MST
At least two very different definitions of "scripture" commonly appear in conversation and writing. They shouldn't be confused.
Published: Friday, December 26, 2014 3:01 pm MST
The New Testament is the central text of Christianity. It's also been one of the central texts of western and world civilization for nearly 20 centuries. Every educated person should be familiar with it.
Published: Friday, December 12, 2014 4:17 pm MST
Many questions remain unanswered about the wise men associated with the birth of Jesus Christ — including whether there were three of them.
Published: Friday, November 28, 2014 1:16 pm MST
Jerusalem's Temple Mount is divinely ordained to be the site of "a house of prayer for all nations," but, unfortunately, it has long been a place of contention. And such contention is again on the rise.
Published: Friday, November 14, 2014 5:13 pm MST
Christianity isn't a European religion that has spread from there to the Americas and Asia and, against much resistance, to the Middle East. For its first several centuries, it was overwhelmingly a faith of the...