Was Mary Magdalene really from Magdala? Two scholars examine the evidence

In a paper published in December, Elizabeth Schrader and Joan Taylor argue that Magdalene, instead of referring to Mary's town of origin, may be an honorific from the Hebrew and Aramaic roots for "tower" or "magnified."

Survey: Americans think bad things just happen; God is not responsible

Instead of blaming God when bad things happen in their lives, many Americans say individuals and societal institutions are responsible for suffering, according to a new survey. 

This rabbinical school is moving into a Catholic university

The Academy for Jewish Religion California has rented space in several locations during its 21-year existence as a transdenominational seminary that trains rabbis and cantors. For a while it was housed in an office building in downtown Los Angeles, then at Hillel, the Jewish campus organization at the University of California Los Angeles. But beginning Oct. 1, in an arrangement both novel and pathbreaking, the academy will move to Loyola Marymount University, a private Catholic school founded by the Jesuit and Marymount orders.

Israel's rabbinate asks Pope Francis to explain comments about Judaism

Israel's Chief Rabbinate has written a letter to Pope Francis conveying its “distress” at comments he made suggesting Jewish law, as written in the Torah, is obsolete.