New Covenant

Jeremiah introduces a new relationship based on forgiveness rather than punishment.

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Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions, gypsum hall relief from the North Palace, Ninevah, c. 645-635


The Bible portrays  the Neo-Assyrian city of Nineveh as a place of wickedness and as a foe of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.

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Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Healing of the Man Born Blind (detail), 1308-1311.


Christian tradition remembers Peter as a close follower of Jesus, an authoritative if flawed leader, and an active missionary who founded communities before suffering martyrdom.

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Israel and Judah

Kingdom of Israel

“Kingdom of Israel” refers both to the united kingdom under Saul, David, and Solomon and to the northern kingdom of Israel, which separated from the united kingdom after the death of Solomon.

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Bible Odyssey: People, Places, and Passages

Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible. 

Why is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis?

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