A Medieval Christmas
Christmas was one of the highlights of the medieval calendar, not only for the rich but also for the peasantry. For the longest holiday of the year, typically the full twelve days of Christmas, people stopped work, homes were decorated and...
The Origin of Satan
Satan, or the Devil, is one of the best-known characters in the Western traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Surprisingly, this entity was a late-comer in the ancient world. Satan, as a totally evil being, is nowhere to be found...
Baptism of Jesus
Ceiling mosaic depicting the baptism of Jesus by Saint John the Baptist. Baptistery of Neon, Ravenna
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
PBS Frontline interviews the nation's leading New Testament scholars, challenging familiar assumptions about the origins of Christianity. Topics such as the original numerous sects of Christianity all with their own differing beliefs are...
Christ and the Twelve Apostles by Fra Angelico
Fresco depicting Jesus Christ and the twelve apostles by Fra Angelico (c. 1400-1455 CE). San Marco, Florence.
Christian Stele from Georgia with Scenes of Christ's Life
A stele or stonecross depicting scenes from the New Testament, including Christ's entry into Jerusalem (top half of stele) and his baptism (lower half of stele). It was created in Usaneti, located in southern Georgia, between 650-800 CE and...
Temptation of Jesus
The Devil tries to tempt Jesus; detail from a stained window, c. 1170-80 CE. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Christ Driving the Money-changers from the Temple
Christ Driving the Money-changers from the Temple, oil on canvas painting by Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637) Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.
Christ Raises the Daughter of Jairus
Christ Raises the Daughter of Jairus, painting by Henry Thomson, 1810. Tate Britain Gallery, London.
Decorative Glass Medallion Depicting Christ
This glass disc came from the base of a drinking vessel, which may have been made as a wedding gift. Many such discs have been found in the catacombs of Rome, suggesting that when one of a married couple died, the vessel's decorative base...