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Outstanding Publication Award to Thomas A. Wayment and Lincoln H. Blumell

Thomas A. Wayment (left) and Lincoln H. Blumell (right) received the Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award  (Academic Scholarship in Ancient Scripture). Their 2015 book, Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources (Second through Fourth Centuries), was published by Baylor University Press and nominated for a 2016 Association of American University Presses award.

An Ancient World Rediscovered

The BYU Religious Studies Center promotes research and publication through grants and publication venues. One aspect of the RSC’s mission is to help reconstruct the world of the scriptures and the Restoration to provide helpful context. Currently, I am codirecting a BYU Study Abroad program in Rome and Athens for the summer with Gary Hatch,

“So We Went toward Rome”

Luke prepared a two-part work known as the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts nearly two thousand years ago, but the stories are as still as fresh and exciting as any modern story. He may be at his best in the last two chapters of Acts, which contain one of the finest first-century

Remember the Sabbath Day

The book of Exodus preserves the Ten Commandments, including “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). From an early period, the meaning of the fourth commandment has been discussed and debated. Fortunately Craig Harline, history professor at BYU, has written a history of the efforts to set apart a special day each

­Did Jesus Sweat Blood?

In a recent blog, I outlined the story of the earliest New Testament manuscripts. Because no original text (autograph) has survived the ravages of time, scholars are attempting to reconstruct the texts through examining more than 5,700 Greek manuscripts (not copies of the original autographs and not even copies of copies of the originals). I

New Testament Manuscripts

The New Testament is an amazing collection of many types of documents, including letters, ancient biographies, sermons, and historical narratives. New Testament studies have helped us reconstruct the world of Jesus and his disciples by providing historical, cultural, and linguistic insights. Additionally, textual studies have helped us appreciate the complex and interesting story of the

Christmas, Herod, and Reconstructing the Past

The most recent National Geographic (December 2008) arrived this past week with a cover story announcing the “Real King Herod.” During the Christmas season, we often reflect on Herod because of the story preserved in Matthew: “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth,