The first chapters of Genesis contain two creation stories: one that details the creation of the cosmos and one that describes the creation and initial sin of man. This article explores the differences between the two creation stories and compares them to the Babylonian Enuma Elish.
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The Hebrew Bible contains many references to supernatural beings, commonly known as angels. However, the concept of angels is not static or uniform, but rather dynamic and diverse. Angels undergo significant changes in their appearance, function, and status throughout the biblical tradition. How can we account for these changes, and what do they reveal about …
This article explores the history and practice of oil divination, a form of divination that uses oil drops on water or other liquids to reveal hidden knowledge or divine messages.
What happened to Jesus after his resurrection? How did he leave the earth and enter the heavenly realm? And what does his ascension mean for his followers and the world? These are some of the questions that have intrigued Christians and non-Christians alike for centuries. The ascension of Jesus is one of the most mysterious …
Why historians differentiate between Jesus the human and Christ the mythic being.
When scholars talk about the "Historical Jesus," they are looking to separate myth from reality. Who was Jesus as a person? We have no first-hand primary sources like his diaries. All we have are documents written by believers - and sometimes, non-believers - that were written after his death. This article attempts to explain what we know - and can know - about Jesus the man.