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Mysterious 250-year-old stone inscription bears the Sacred Heart

The French town where the stone rests is holding a contest to decipher the indecipherable text.

Museum of the Bible displays 19th-century “Slave Bible”

The edition removed nearly 80% of content, leaving only passages that promote slavery.

You can volunteer to work on a Middle-Eastern archaeological dig this summer

The Biblical Archaeology Society is helping volunteers connect with the dig that best suits their interests.

Where does the expression “peace be with you” come from?

Spoiler alert: Its heritage is not exclusively Christian.

Evidence of Crusaders using biological warfare uncovered in Lebanon

The discovery offers the first evidence of a genetic link between the Crusaders and the Middle Eastern population.

How old is Palm Sunday?

The blessings and processions of palms go back deep into early Christianity.

The first-century Roman senator who wrote about Jesus’ crucifixion

Tacitus describes Nero's persecution of Christians, and affirms the crucifixion of Christ.

How 100,000 converted Vikings joined the Crusades

An appeal to their love of power and conquest spurred on the Norsemen's embrace of Christianity, according to this historian.

Cambridge project to digitize medieval manuscripts held by Vatican and universities

Works include Greek versions of Plato and Aristotle, among others.

“Fake” Botticelli painting linked to the Early Renaissance artist’s own studio

The newly identified work from the workshop of Botticelli will go on display at Ranger's House in London from April 1.

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