William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
Recent Articles by William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
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...
Published: Friday, October 31, 2014 4:46 pm MDT
The Kurds are little known in the West, and often mistreated in the Middle East. They have a fascinating though difficult history, and they're very much in the news again.
Published: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:47 pm MDT
Isaac Luria is one of the pivotal names in the history of Jewish thought, but he remains rather obscure. But his impact has been felt even by non-Jewish Hollywood stars and pop singers.
Published: Friday, October 3, 2014 4:58 pm MDT
A few notes on the historical, linguistic and theological context of the Islamic State and the supposed smaller "Khorasan" group might help to make a bit more sense of current headlines.
Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 4:03 pm MDT
Ancient readers and translators of the Bible, in their attempts to be reverent toward the Supreme Being, also created ambiguities and theological problems.
Published: Friday, September 5, 2014 4:20 pm MDT
A fascinating 2010 book focused on Islam argues that religious conflict, rather than being a principal cause of violence, is most often just a way in which other underlying and quite secular disputes express th...
Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:09 pm MDT
Alexander the Great is famous for many military conquests during his brief but meteoric career. However, he also influenced the notion of the "god-king" and perhaps even the much later doctrine of the "divine ...
Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 4:56 pm MDT
The rise of Christian devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most interesting subjects in the history of religion generally.