The Challenge of Gnosticism (Part 2)
Origins of Christianity Lecture Series http://www.ou.edu/content/cte/teaching/articles/origins-of-christianity.html The Origins of Christianity Lecture Series explores the history of Christianity from Jesus to Augustine. The series...
Isis is an ancient Egyptian goddess who became the most popular and enduring of all the Egyptian deities. Her name comes from the Egyptian Eset, ("the seat") which referred to her stability and also the throne of Egypt as she was considered...
According to the Bible, Nehushtan was a metal serpent mounted on a staff that Moses had made, by God's command, to cure the Israelites of snake bites while wandering in the desert. The symbol of snakes on a staff or pole is a motif that is...
Noah is considered one of the patriarchs in the Jewish Scriptures or one of the founding fathers of what became the religion of Judaism. His story begins in Genesis 6 and consists of three elements: the evil of the earth; the flood narrative...
King David Writing Psalms
A 17th century CE artist's rendition of David inscribing one of his famous psalms. By Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Guercino).
Resurrection of Christ by Piero della Francesca
Fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca, painted around 1463-65 CE. (Pinacoteca of Borgo San Sepulcro, Italy)
The Harrowing of Hell
Christ in Limbo by Fra Angelico, c 1441 CE. Fresco at San Marco in Florence.
Mosaic Floor from a Villa at Hinton St. Mary
This is the central roundel of a 4th century CE mosaic floor from a villa at Hinton St. Mary, Dorset. It is one of the most important early Christian remains from the Roman Empire. The roundel is probably the earliest known mosaic picture...
The Vikings were diverse Scandinavian seafarers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark whose raids and subsequent settlements significantly impacted the cultures of Europe and were felt as far as the Mediterranean regions c. 790 - c. 1100 CE. The...
Kingdom of Kongo
The Kingdom of Kongo (14-19th century CE) was located on the western coast of central Africa in modern-day DR of Congo and Angola. Prospering on the regional trade of copper, ivory, and slaves along the Congo River, the kingdom's wealth was...