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Palm Sunday: The most anti-Semitic time of the Christian calendar

By Jason Byassee — April 3, 2020

(RNS) — Christians can explain away Holy Week Gospel readings as internecine rivalry between Jewish sects. But we still have to answer for the shadow of anti-Semitism, which became a monster.

Bible scholar: Paul’s letter to the Romans is what we should read in the Trump era — backward

By Jana Riess — July 25, 2019

(RNS) — The evangelical New Testament scholar says we need to hear Paul tell us to treat one another as siblings and tolerate one another in our differences.

Restoration work completed on Jesus tomb site in Jerusalem

By Reuters — March 21, 2017

JERUSALEM (Reuters) A team of scientists and restorers has worked for the past nine months at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and focused on a small structure above the burial place.

Who was Mary Magdalene? New book explores the life of the saint

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2016

(RNS) The biblical figure of Mary Magdalene has been ‘interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted,’ according to historian Michael Haag.

Bart Ehrman examines how memories of Jesus morphed and changed

By Kimberly Winston — March 28, 2016

(RNS) The New Testament scholar wonders what happened between the time Jesus died and the time the gospel writers wrote about him.

The ‘Splainer: Who was St. Patrick, and would he drink green beer?

By Kimberly Winston — March 17, 2016

(RNS) March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. But was there a real St. Patrick? Did he drive the snakes out of Ireland or use the shamrock to explain the Trinity? Why should this fifth-century priest be remembered at all? Let us ‘Splain.

Candida Moss debunks the ‘myth’ of Christian persecution

By Lauren Markoe — May 14, 2013

(RNS) Growing up Catholic in England, Candida Moss felt secure in life, yet learned in church that Christians have been persecuted since the dawn of Christianity. As an adult and a theologian, she wants to set the record straight.

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