links to 5 helpful articles

1. The Miracle of Jesus [required reading]

“… whatever your view of ‘miracles’ and the “’supernatural, I wonder whether it might not be possible to agree (as Jesus himself seems to have emphasized on occasion) that focusing on signs and wonders actually distracts from the most significant aspects of what was going on in his life and his interactions with other people.”

2. You Want to Feed the Hungry? Lovely. Let’s See Your Permit.

“… who is permitted to help the hungry and how they may do it.”

3. Levels of Literacy in the Ancient Christian World

“… ‘literacy’ was both more diverse and much more widely distributed than some earlier estimates.”

4. Why the Announcement of a Looming White Minority Makes Demographers Nervous

“In a nation preoccupied by race, the moment when white Americans will make up less than half the country’s population has become an object of fascination.”

5. A Biblical Spice Rack

“The Bible reflects an intimate knowledge of herbs and spices …”