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ISLAMiCommentary by Professor Lucas Van Rompay In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many expected. In the final years of his tenure, the aging and frail patriarch Ignatius Zakka Iwas (who died on March 21) had been living in Beirut. But as far as the new patriarch is concerned, this was not the prelude to a more… read more about With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church's Commitment to Syria »

May 9, 2014: Dean Margaret M. Mitchell has announced that, upon recommendation from the Divinity School's Alumni Council, the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named Laurie L. Patton (AM 1986, PhD 1991 in the History of Religions area) as the Divinity School's Alumna of the Year for 2015.  Dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University, the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Patton is an accomplished scholar and the author or editor of… read more about Laurie Patton Named University of Chicago Divinity School's Alumna of the Year »

A new study reignites the thorny debate over biblical accuracy Once upon a time, Abraham owned a camel. According to the Book of Genesis, he probably owned lots of camels. The Bible says that Abraham, along with other patriarchs of Judaism and Christianity, used domesticated camels — as well as donkeys, sheep, oxen and slaves — in his various travels and trade agreements. Or did he? Last week, archaeologists Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University released a new study that dates the arrival of the… read more about The Mystery of the Bible's Phantom Camels »