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David Van Biema

Blog Posts by David Van Biema

Posted by David Van Biema 3 weeks 5 days ago
If much of life in the High Middle Ages seems foreign to us, the detailed workings of the wheel — along with four others like it that have survived to the present — are a real riddle.Schematic prayer...
Posted by David Van Biema 3 weeks 6 days ago
On the heels of what seemed like its greatest triumph — a magnificent display of sculptures by the Renaissance pioneer Donatello — a small but important museum in midtown Manhattan, that specialized...
Posted by David Van Biema 4 weeks 1 day ago
In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry.In that feisty secular...
Posted by David Van Biema 1 year 25 weeks ago
On a dark, damp and expensive Tuesday night at Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan, one of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (and the first book of Scripture) printed in...
Posted by David Van Biema 1 year 26 weeks ago
Three hundred and seventy-three years ago, when the chief Puritan “divines” of the young Massachusetts Bay Colony printed their own translation of the Bible’s Book of Psalms, they prided themselves...