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Pharisees

The Pharisees were one of the so-called sects of Judaism that flourished in the late Second Temple period.

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Alexandria

Ancient Alexandria was a city where Greek and Jewish cultures intermingled, which had a profound impact on the development and interpretation of biblical texts.


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Frederick William Risser, The Lord’s Prayer, circa 1883. Holly wood, fretwork mounted on velvet, Illinois State Museum.

The Lord's Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer, the most often recited passage of Christian scripture and practice, is Jewish to the bone.

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How Do Biblical Scholars Read the Hebrew Bible?

Though there is a place for theology in biblical scholarship, most scholars treat the Bible as a work of literature with human authors and readers who lived in particular places and times.


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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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