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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

In its original context, Leviticus 19:18 meant that you should treat your fellow Israelite properly, but it is part of a larger legal collection that also commands love of the stranger.

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Peter in Christian Tradition

Peter is in both gospels and letters, both sinner and saint, and authority figure. 

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Economic Justice and the Roman Empire

In the Roman Empire, a small ruling elite held great power, wealth, and status. The average citizen lived a more precarious life. 

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What is Lexicography?

Lexicographers use context and related (cognate) languages to determine the meaning of words in ancient texts like the Bible.



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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.

The inclusion of Jesus’ nativity in both Luke and Matthew was a political statement at a time when Roman imperial theology assumed Caesar was the “Son of God.”

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