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 very old, little mosque in the United Arab Emirates offers insights into the transition between Israel's "tabernacle in the wilderness" and the grand temple of Solomon.
Even if some might be inclined to try, it's probably an impossible task to erase Christian symbols and references from the American landscape — and, anyway, doing so would impoverish us all.
Though this is largely forgotten now, Halloween has its origins in the Western Christian liturgical calendar. It almost certainly draws, too, on an ancient Celtic holiday called "Samhain." But Samhain wasn't ev...
When Matthias was chosen as an apostle to replace Judas Iscariot, he was selected by the casting of lots. Although this practice seems odd to us and evidently isn't followed today, it's not quite as strange as ...
The "Mound Builders," as they're loosely called, offer one of the most important and tantalizing archaeological puzzles in the pre-history of today's United States.
Wartburg Castle, in the middle of Germany, is well worth visiting for its scenery alone. But its importance goes far beyond the splendid beauty of its location.
Humanity's universal ancient association of the powers of nature with the divine is, in its way, spectacularly illustrated in the geological features created by the Colorado River.
A view of history in the long term, even of European Christian history, may help us understand what to expect — and what, realistically, to hope for — in today's Middle East.
It's not necessary to travel to Europe, South America or even more distant places to see a place where practices of pilgrimage that go back centuries are still observed. One such site is in northern New Mexico.
Suicide terrorism is routinely cited as a parade example of the evils caused by religious fanaticism — or, as some atheists say, by religion, period. But close analysis of the evidence fails to support th...