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Cain and Abel – Bible Stories

By |2019-02-26T05:08:55-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A door panel by Ghiberti showing Cain and Abel. The Book of Genesis According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, after Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, they began to have children. Who are Adam and Eve? History of Judaism West Asian religion All our West Asia articles Adam and Eve [...]

Abraham and the Jews – Bible stories

By |2019-01-16T18:15:48-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Abraham and Isaac (Egypt, 300s AD) The Jews leave Mesopotamia Shortly after the episode with the Tower of Babel, the Bible tells us that some of the Jews decided to leave Mesopotamia where the Sumerians were, and travel further west towards Canaan and modern Israel. What's the Tower of Babel? More about the Jews All our West Asia articles [...]

Bible verses – Christianity – Religion

By |2017-08-23T11:17:37-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion|

Gutenberg Bible When people want to tell you where to find certain words in the Christian Bible, they write something like Matthew 10:25, or Exodus 12:1. This means look in the book of Matthew, at the tenth chapter, and find the 25th verse of the tenth chapter. Or look in the book of Exodus, at the [...]

Ancient philosophy: ethics, fate, and science

By |2018-04-24T11:55:01-07:00August 16th, 2017|Philosophy|

Weighing the souls of the dead Philosophy means the love of wisdom. But what does that mean? It's hard to separate philosophy from religion. And it's also hard to draw a line between philosophy and science and mathematics. All of these are parts of people's search to make order out of nature. They're a way of [...]

Puritans – American religion

By |2017-08-14T15:33:52-07:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Puritan family about 1563 About 1563 AD, some people in England decided that they wanted to follow a way of life that they thought would be more according to what the Christian God wanted. They called themselves "the godly", but other people called them "Puritans." Puritan people, like Calvinists, thought only God decided whether you got into Heaven. [...]

European writing – books, poetry, Bibles

By |2018-04-11T18:19:12-07:00August 6th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Reproduction of a press from Gutenberg's time The invention of the European printing press with moveable type in northern Europe in the late 1400s AD was no accident: publishers had set out to find a way to create a lot of books cheaply, because there was a new market for the books. More and more European families [...]

Compare the Quran and the Bible project

By |2018-04-09T23:07:23-07:00June 11th, 2017|Islam, Religion|

Islamic image of Abraham and Ishmael Read parts of the Quran and the Bible. For example, read the story of Noah, or the story of Abraham and Isaac. Read the same stories in the Quran: Here's the story of Nuh and the story of Ishmael. How are they the same? How are they [...]