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The Bible was a central document in the colonial period of the United States.
Many people claim that the Constitution is based on the Bible or that it created a Christian nation. The relationship between the two documents, however, is not that simple.
Scholars have used archaeology in different ways to understand the New Testament and early Christianity.
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, a wayward son is welcomed home by his loving, compassionate father but despised by an angry, resentful brother.