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Holy men and holy women in ancient West Asia

By |2018-04-07T17:04:59+00:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Apollonius of Tyana (or some other holy man) 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 the gods, to know [...]

John the Baptist – Early Christianity – Religion

By |2017-08-22T12:27:44+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

John baptizes Jesus (sarcophagus from Santa Maria Antiqua, Rome, 200s AD) 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. He was Jewish, and lived in Israel. As with Jesus, we don't have any information from that time [...]

All about Jesus – History of Christianity

By |2017-08-22T12:22:21+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The birth of Jesus - a Nativity scene from a Roman sarcophagus, 300s AD. Arles, France 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 written within the lifetimes of people who might have known [...]

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2018-04-24T15:45:39+00:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) 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 to show that [...]