Geza Vermes

Was Crucifixion a Jewish Penalty?

Some academics have questioned whether Jesus died on the cross. Exploring historical sources, however, we can learn much about the ancient world's way of death

Writing and Rewriting the Bible in the Time of Jesus

Both Christians and Jews can learn from the reconstruction of the process by which unified scriptures emerged from diversity

Among the Saints: An Essay in Hagiography

Three Hungarian priests of my youth have been beatified and are now venerated as martyrs. An English friend may soon join them

Jews, Christians and Judaeo-Christians

The earliest disciples of Jesus were observant Jews, but the story of these Jewish Christians and their distinctive doctrines has been obscured by the Gentile church that supplanted them

Herod the Terrible or Herod the Great?

The much-maligned King of the Jews's shortcomings should not overshadow his political and cultural accomplishments

Jesus in the Eyes of Josephus

Is the passage about Jesus by the great Jewish historian a forgery — or authentic?

Isaac, the First Lamb of God

A newly discovered fragment casts light on the Biblical story of Abraham's sacrifice of his son

The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls

A major investigator of the Scrolls since their discovery explains why after 60 years they still have not made their full impact on the general public

The Truth About the Historical Jesus

The leading authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls draws a portrait of Jesus the Jew

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"