Despite the bond of brotherhood, Cain kills Abel. Often described as the first murder, the early placement of this story in Genesis highlights the horrific and disruptive nature of homicide.

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Located in the fertile Jezreel Valley, Jezreel was the setting for the dramatic stories of Naboth’s vineyard and Jezebel’s death in 1 and 2 Kings.

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Naboth's Vineyard

"Poor" Naboth of the biblical tale may not have been so poor, but rather a wealthy vintner who was able to reject King Ahab's offer.

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Nicholas Pope, The Apostles Speaking in Tongues Lit by Their Own Lamps, 1993-96.  Terracotta, metal, oil, wick, flame.


Acts 2:1-4 recounts the earliest Christians’ experience of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, dramatically described as wind and fire and the ability to speak in other languages.

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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. 

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