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The Worship of the Golden Calf
Why do the Israelites turn so quickly to worship a golden calf immediately after witnessing God’s revelation?
Woman at the Well
Did the Samaritan woman really have five husbands?
When was the Gospel of Matthew Written?
If the Gospel of Matthew was written after 70 C.E., why does he minimize the destruction of Jerusalem?
What Is the Oldest Bible?
Depending on your criteria, many different historical editions of the Bible could fit the description of the “oldest Bible.”
Translation and the Septuagint
Why is ‘almah in Proverbs 30:19 translated differently? Could translation choices have impacted later theological developments?
Sodom and Gomorrah
Why is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis?
Where do the images of seraphs come from?
Second John and Women
Who is the “elect lady” of 2 John 1?
Has the biblical figure of Satan evolved?
Sarah, Abraham, and Pharaoh
Why does Abraham claim that his wife Sarah is his sister?