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Curses in the Hebrew Bible

Curses, the use of powerful words to invoke supernatural harm, served many functions.

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What Are Noncanonical Writings?

Noncanonical writings are early Christian documents that are not found in the New Testament, but it is not that simple.



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Tree of Knowledge

The tree of knowledge is the only plant from which the human is forbidden to eat. But what is this knowledge of good and evil that has been deemed off-limits to humanity?

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Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism

The significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls is to early Judaism is huge.

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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.

Lexicography is the study of what words mean, and in the case of ancient languages, the meaning of their vocabulary is not always certain.

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