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15 09, 2017

Holy men and holy women in ancient West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:29:33-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Apollonius of Tyana (or some other holy man) Closer to the gods There is a long tradition in West Asia (and in India and China) that some men and women, and some children, are closer to the gods than other people are. These holy men and women and children are thought to be able to talk to [...]

22 08, 2017

John the Baptist – Early Christianity

By |2019-10-17T21:56:12-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

John the Baptist baptizes Jesus (sarcophagus from Santa Maria Antiqua, Rome, 200s AD) Who was John the Baptist? John the Baptist was, according to the Bible, the cousin of Jesus Christ. He was the son of Mary's sister, Elizabeth. He was a little older than Jesus. Like his cousin Jesus, John was Jewish, and lived [...]

22 08, 2017

The life of Jesus – History of Christianity

By |2019-10-15T05:35:42-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|1 Comment

The birth of Jesus - a Nativity scene from a Roman sarcophagus, 300s AD. Arles, France - Life of Jesus How do we know about Jesus? Everything we know about the life of Jesus comes from the Bible. Jesus' name is not mentioned in any other source written during his lifetime. No book [...]

21 08, 2017

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2019-02-10T06:06:07-07:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|1 Comment

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Baptism before Christianity Even before the time of Jesus, many mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean had some sort of ceremony that people had to do in order to join the cult. Some of these, like the Eleusinian mysteries, involved dipping yourself in water to wash away your past life, and [...]