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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 [...]

Arabian Nights – Medieval Islamic Literature

By |2018-04-21T13:20:00+00:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Princess (ca. 1540 AD) People in India and Persia have been telling these stories for a long time - nobody knows how long. Around 850 AD, a Persian writer in the Abbasid Empire collected a bunch of stories into a book called "Alf Layla wa Layla", or the Thousand and One Nights - which we also call the Arabian Nights. [...]