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Saul and the Persecution

Saul Persecutor

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If Luke was not among those believers who were persecuted and had to leave Jerusalem, he may not have witnessed Stephen’s death or those events that followed. However, it would not be inconsistent with his explanation in Luke 1:1-4 that he could have researched his material concerning the events surrounding Stephen’s death and the persecution that followed. These things may very well have been supplied by Philip, who had ultimately settled in Caesarea after fleeing Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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Whose is Mark’s Gospel?

Mark's Gospel - 5

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What we know to be the Gospel of Mark is not signed, and neither is there any direct internal evidence linking the Gospel to any individual. However, does this mean the work is truly anonymous? That is, do we have no reasonable idea of who its author is? The answer to this question largely depends upon your personal bias. If one completely rejects early testimony of its authorship and clings to modern criticism stating the author is unknown, then for you the author cannot be known. However, if you are willing to accept ancient testimony as evidence of its authorship, then one can be reasonably certain that John Mark, Peter’s assistant, wrote the Gospel we know by his name. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Textual Criticism

 

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Saul’s Conversion & the Body of Christ

Saul's Conversion

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Saul was a zealous persecutor of Messianic believers, but I don’t think he persecuted the Church for more than six or seven months, or from the mid 7th month of 34 CE to cir. 1st month of 35 CE. Therefore, the reigning high priest would have been Caiaphas and from him Saul would have sought papers of extradition (Acts 9:1-2) in order to arrest Messianic believers at Damascus and bring them before the Sanhedrin at Jerusalem for judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Acts of the Apostles

 

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