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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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.
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.
Many questions remain unanswered about the wise men associated with the birth of Jesus Christ — including whether there were three of them.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Ancient readers and translators of the Bible, in their attempts to be reverent toward the Supreme Being, also created ambiguities and theological problems.