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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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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.
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...