Polytheistic Rome

Temples in Rome honored gods from places as far away as Syria and Egypt.

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Sea of Galilee


Capernaum was a small Jewish fishing and agricultural community on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee that figures prominently in the Gospels' depictions of Jesus

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The Jordan River

The Jordan in traditional African American religious song became a symbolic borderland between this world and the next and between the harsh realities of present injustice and the achievement of freedom and justice on earth.

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Honor and Shame

How do the honor-shame cultural values of New Testament authors inform and shape their theology, especially Christology?

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Bible Odyssey: People, Places, and Passages

Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible.

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