Ancient History

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Mon, Jun 11, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

This vellum copy of the Gutenberg Bible is owned by the Library of Congress. The Gutenberg Bible, the Vulgate (Latin) translation, is the first book printed using moveable type. Printed in the 1450s in Mainz Germany, this is one of only 48 copies that still survive (11 in the United States), and is considered to be one of the most valuable books in existence. Photo: Raul654's image is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

One of the most significant changes in the religious life of ancient Israel occurred during the reign of the Judahite king Hezekiah, in the late eighth century B.C.E. The Hebrew Bible provides us with this image: “He removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the sacred pole (asherah). He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days [...]

Sat, Jun 09, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral (also spelled "Echmiatsin,” “Echmiadzin,” and “Edjmiadsin”) is located in the city of Etchmiadzin (also referred to as Vagharshapat), Armavir Province in what is now present-day Armenia. It is geographically situated near the fertile valley of the Aras River, and it is not too far away from Mount Ararat, Armenia's capital, Yerevan... [...]
Fri, Jun 08, 2018
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Robert Campin's Marriage of the Virgin dramatically captures the split of early Christianity and Judaism. Scala/Art Resource, NY.

Christianity and Judaism, two of the world's major religions, shared the same foundation—ancient Judaism. The two religions, however, eventually split in a series of partings, becoming two separate entities.

There is one painting that dramatically illustrates the split of early Christianity and Judaism: Robert Campin's Marriage of the Virgin. In his article “Parsing ‘The Parting' Painting,” [...]

Fri, Jun 08, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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