Function of Place

Biblical authors used place to make sense of the past, present, and future as well as their relationship to God and neighbor.

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David and Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba

The story of David, Uriah, and Bathsheba complicates the biblical portrait of David and reflects a strand of deep skepticism about kingship in some biblical traditions.

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Hagar, the African mother of many nations, who saw and named God, was enslaved, impregnated, abandoned, and liberated by Sarah and Abraham.

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Jesus is presented in the Gospels as a person of extraordinary significance for faith, religion, and history.

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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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Were biblical proverbs influenced by ancient Near Eastern literature?

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