Polytheistic Rome

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

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The biblical vision for justice hinged on the belief that God had acted in history to liberate the people of Israel from Egypt. 

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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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Peter and Paul

Biblical texts show Peter and Paul in conflict, yet traditions views them both favorably.

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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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Are Israel's proverbs similar to those of other nations?

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