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The main picture at the top is of the temple area at Tel Arad, taken from just above the ‘Holy of Holies’ taken by author in June 2014. The insert is of a pomegranate at Tel Arad. When Moses sent the twelve spies ahead into the land, “they came to the Valley of Eshcol and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they also brought some pomegranates and figs.” (Numbers 13:23 ESV). Though the location of the Valley of Eshcol is debated, it must not have been too far from Arad which was in the very south of the land given to Israel.
Words and Deeds
Papyrus 75, or p. 75, is an early Greek papyrus manuscript of the Gospels of Luke and John. It dates from the late 2nd or early 3rd century and preserves an Alexandrian type of text, very similar to that of Codex Vaticanus (B). Papyrus 75 is one of the Bodmer Papyri but since 2007, now lives in the Vatican Library.
Photograph of The beginning of John’s Gospel from p.75 is in public domain.
All Free Today!
Several scenes from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were filmed in the German town, Rothenburg ob der Tauber in northern Bavaria, including the scary scene with the Child Catcher and the children at the toy shop!
Photograph by author.
Nathanael: the man who saw for himself
Barclay, William, The Gospel of John Volume 1, The Daily Study Bible (Edinburgh: The Saint Andrew Press, 1957)
Bennema, Cornelis, Encountering Jesus: Character Studies in the Gospel of John (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2009)
Michaels, J. Ramsey, New International Biblical Commentary: John (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1995)
Photographs of Nazareth from the south and A fig tree in Gilead, or Transjordan used by permission of bibleplaces.com
Dismembering the Church
Picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is in public domain.
Ferguson, Everett, The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today (Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1996)
Lewis, C.S., “Membership” in Fern Seed and Elephants and Other Essays on Christianity (Glasgow: Fontana, 1975)
Orwell, George, Animal Farm (London: Penguin, 1951).
Aquila and Priscilla
Photograph of a typical Bedouin tent used by permission of bibleplaces.com
Our Sin and Our Saviour
Picture of Pope Gregory dictating the Gregorian chant in public domain.
Photographs by author.
Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome, The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (Oxford: OUP, 2008)
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This is the third in a series of articles or stories under the general title: A Different View. Written by Steven Whitehead, they are essentially historical fiction and written to convey some Biblical truths in a more readily accessible fashion. Using an imaginary eyewitness as narrator allows the story to be told in the first person, encouraging readers to be drawn more directly into the events as they unfold.
His full commentary on the story with relevant sources is available here.