Jesus in The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

Jesus in The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire Him.” Isaiah 53:2b
Jesus has been depicted in every possible manner over the last 2,000 years—in gold and silver, oils and watercolor, marble and mosaics. From icons to street […]

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grapes and grape leaves

Wine in Ancient Israel

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The word wine is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible, either in a real or symbolic sense.
Take, for example, Isaiah 5:11
Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!
Or from Isaiah 25:6
On this […]

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field of poppies

Engagements and Weddings in Biblical Israel

With Valentines Day approaching, romance is in the air. Romance leads to love and —sometimes—love leads to weddings. Who doesn’t love a wedding?
What were weddings like in Biblical Israel? Surely they couldn’t have been as elaborate as today’s affairs, with their magazines, wedding planners, to-do lists and five-figure price tags
Yet, in at least two […]

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Where to Find Your Bliss if You Love Ancient History

Photo from: Stephanie Landsem
I love old things. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you do too.
A shimmering skyscraper leaves me dizzy but unimpressed. The ruins of the Forum in Rome, however, leave me speechless. I’m happy to sit for hours on a bench near the House of the Vestal Virgins, soaking up history—preferably with […]

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