The Bible and Beyond Blog2023-08-20T06:28:38-04:00
The Bible and Beyond Blog

In The Bible and Beyond blog, you’ll read explorations of historical and spiritual questions about Jesus, women, salvation, healing, the meaning of life, and where Christianity came from. This blog, curated by Shirley Paulson and Hal Taussig, opens the conversation that will help us – writers and readers – unlock some of the mysteries from extra-canonical books, forgotten scriptures, so-called “gnostic” gospels, and the Bible.

Read Shirley Paulson’s introductory blog post, “The Big Questions about Jesus, God, Christians, and the Rest of Us,” here.

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How Did Jesus Die?

By |July 12th, 2023|

Given the centrality of Jesus’s death to the traditions of Christianity that emerged out of the ancient world, precision in our imagining and recounting of this death is of the utmost importance.

What Did Jesus Look Like?

By |May 31st, 2023|

Looking past popular depictions of Jesus to get a sense of how he would have appeared to others is hugely important because his appearance tells us a lot about who he was and what he really taught.

How Did Jesus Heal People?

By |March 22nd, 2023|

His attitude toward healing was integrated with salvation, so the entirety of one’s being—body, mind, and soul—all belong to and were governed by a renewed relationship to God, the loving Father.

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