Monthly Archives: January 2016

Where Were the Jews during the Lifetime of Jesus?

The Jewish environment Jesus grew up in had a rich variety of city folk and village dwellers, from the local neighborhood and from many foreign settlements around the Roman Empire. Was Jesus a country boy, raised in a remote village, or was he more like a modern suburbanite, with lots of exposure to urban life … Continue reading Where Were the Jews during the Lifetime of Jesus?

Why Did Rich Gentiles Visit a Poor Jewish Baby?

Today we celebrate Epiphany, the day we remember the coming of the wise men to the baby Jesus. Travel wasn’t easy in those days, and the rich and powerful preferred to send representatives rather than go on the road themselves. The rich and famous often gave presents to their equals, but giving homage was reserved … Continue reading Why Did Rich Gentiles Visit a Poor Jewish Baby?