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The Prodigal Son in Literature


The Parable of the Prodigal Son has proven to be rich source material for popular culture, from classic literature to current TV. While some adaptations echo the biblical text, others critique or challenge traditional interpretations.... Read more

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Michael D. Coogan
Michael D. Coogan Romans 13 has been cited in support of the divine right of kings, and more recently, to justify slavery and segregation in the United States, apartheid in South Africa, and Nazism in Germany.... Read more
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For more on the topic of our latest "Focus On," see the article "The Bible in Literature" by David Jasper, Professor Emeritus of Literature and Theology (University of Glasgow), and learn about artist Margaret Adams Parker, whose sculpture "Reconciliation" was inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Photo by Dwayne Huebner).

Lesson Plans

New lesson plans on the book of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah by Blake A. Jurgens (Florida State University), and the book of Daniel and additions to Daniel by Amy C. Merrill Willis (University of Lynchburg). Read More 

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This feature allows you to scroll through the tables of contents for each of the major reference works on Oxford Biblical Studies Online, including The Oxford Companion to the Bible and the new Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the BibleRead More

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This list of the books of the Bible includes their respective commentaries from the following sources: Oxford Bible CommentaryNew Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV), Oxford Study Bible (REB), Jewish Study Bible(TANAKH), Catholic Study Bible (NAB), and the Access Bible (NRSV). Read More

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