Genesis: the story begins

The book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and opens with one of the most famous first sentences of any literary work: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." It's where we find the famous stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and...

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Who Was William Tyndale?

Who Was William Tyndale?

William Tyndale was a sixteenth-century Bible translator and theologian. He produced the first English translation of the Bible from the original Greek and Hebrew. His work played a prominent role in the Protestant Reformation by challenging the papacy’s authority and...

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The Gospel of Mark: Jesus, servant and Son

Mark is the story of what Jesus did for us. The author, John Mark, wrote this book based on the apostle Peter's memories of Jesus' words and deeds. Mark is the second Gospel (an account of Jesus' life and ministry) in the New Testament. Like the other Gospels, Mark...

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels

The Beginner’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels are ancient religious writings which falsely claim to be written by famous biblical figures such as Peter, Thomas, and Mary. Most of the Gnostic Gospels that have survived were found in a collection of 13 books from the third and fourth century AD....

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What Was the Council of Nicaea?

What Was the Council of Nicaea?

In 325 AD, Emperor Constantine invited every bishop in the church to gather in Nicaea and formally establish Christian doctrine. The goal was to unite the increasingly divided church with a set of beliefs its leaders agreed on and would hold each other accountable to....

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What Is the Vulgate? The Beginner’s Guide

What Is the Vulgate? The Beginner’s Guide

The Vulgate is a fourth-century Latin translation of the Bible, produced primarily by St. Jerome. Working from ancient Greek manuscripts, the original Hebrew, Aramaic texts, and existing Latin translations, Jerome aimed to create a translation that the church could...

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