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Although little is known about her, Lydia may reflect an early Christian who combined Christian beliefs with Greco-Roman goddess traditions.
Abrahamsen, Valerie. Goddess and God: A Holy Tension in the First Christian Centuries. Warren Center, PA: Shangri-La, 2006.
Did the Samaritan woman really have five husbands?
Where do the images of seraphs come from?
Why do the Israelites turn so quickly to worship a golden calf immediately after witnessing God’s revelation?
If the Gospel of Matthew was written after 70 C.E., why does he minimize the destruction of Jerusalem?
Who is the “elect lady” of 2 John 1?
Why is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis?
Why is ‘almah in Proverbs 30:19 translated differently? Could translation choices have impacted later theological developments?
Has the biblical figure of Satan evolved?