Qumran is a site that was inhabited by members of a Jewish sect—apparently Essenes—who deposited the Dead Sea Scrolls in the nearby caves.

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Love Your Neighbor

In Leviticus, "love your neighbor" 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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Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Healing of the Man Born Blind (detail), 1308-1311.

Healing of a Blind Man

The two-stage healing of a blind man in Mark emphasizes Jesus’ power and the disciples’ lack of understanding.

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Capernaum Ruins


Capernaum was a small Jewish fishing and agricultural community on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee that figures prominently in the Gospels.

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