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The world’s oldest Ten Commandments will be on exhibit in Jerusalem

The oldest compete copy of the Ten Commandments, a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, will briefly be part of an exhibit at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum, “A Brief History of Humankind.”

According to The Guardian:

The exhibit includes tools used in an elephant hunt from 1.5m years ago, the oldest known remains of a communal bonfire from 800,000 years ago, skulls from the oldest remains of a family burial and the world’s oldest complete sickle — a 9,000-year-old object that represents the transition from […]

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When Christians First Met Muslims: New translations and scholarship on the earliest interactions between Christians and Muslims

Michael Philip Penn, Professor of Religion at Mount Holyoke College, has just published a new book on early Christian Muslim interactions and the overlooked history of Middle Eastern Christians.

Penn identifies a critical problem in seventh century scholarship; Christian studies focus on western Christians, and Muslim studies focus on the writings of Muslims. For the first centuries of the Islamic Empire, the population was predominantly Middle Eastern Christians, and Penn’s scholarship is focused on how their impressions of Muslims and Islam contributed to Christian […]

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