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A Judas Contradiction?

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How did Judas die, and who actually purchased the “field of blood” with the thirty pieces of silver that was paid to Judas for delivering Jesus into the hands of the Jewish authorities at Jerusalem? I have spoken with several people who believe there is a contradiction between Matthew’s account of Judas’ activities and Luke’s account of the same in the book of Acts. Notice how the Scriptures describe the account: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Apostles, New Testament History, Religion

 

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Concerning the Primacy of Mark

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In a discussion I had with a Jewish gentleman, we got around to which Gospel might have been written first. His position is that Mark was written first and says he had taken courses that convince him of this position. He made the statement:

“The substance of 606 out of the 661 verses of Mark appears in Matthew, and some 350 of Mark’s verses reappear with little material change in Luke.  Or, to put it another way, out of the 1,068 verses of Matthew, about 500 contain material also found in Mark. Of the 1,149 verses of Luke, about 350 are paralleled in Mark. Altogether, there are only 31 verses in Mark which have no parallel either in Matthew or Luke. From this analysis, one might assume that Mark was in front of Luke and Matthew when they were writing.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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Mark and the “Q” Document

Mark and QI have seen it argued that a mysterious “Q” Gospel had to have been written prior to any of the Gospel accounts. Some scholars are a little uncomfortable with the “Q” document premise since there is absolutely no hard evidence for it, but they prefer it over a “Matthew first” position when Mark doesn’t have the miraculous birth or resurrection accounts. The presumption is that these records would have been added to a later version of the Gospel. Nevertheless, if Mark represents the transcript of a series of Peter’s sermons at Rome as 2nd and 3rd century AD witnesses inform us that it is, there would be no reason for a birth account showing genealogies etc. If one is delivering a speech or sermon, a long list of foreign names makes for very dull reading and or listening. Even the mention of the virgin birth would be out of place, unless one described its occurrence and showed how this fit into Jewish tradition and/or was important to gentile Christians. Matthew and Luke were both written for specific reasons, but Mark is described by 2nd and 3rd century witnesses as a transcript of what Peter preached at Rome. It was not intended to be a written witness to prove anything. Rather, it was simply Peter’s testimony at Rome about Jesus of what he had both seen and heard. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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Modern Textual Criticism

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Have you ever been in a discussion with someone who claims the New Testament manuscripts were copied from one another and were probably written late in the 1st century AD—after the destruction of Jerusalem, or even early in the 2nd century AD? Awhile ago I had a discussion with a Jewish acquaintance. We were discussing the Synoptic Gospel narratives, and he mentioned a number of nuances in Matthew, having to do with different parts of the Hebrew Scriptures. I told him I never heard of anyone arguing that Matthew intended to make subtle references to those Scriptures he mentioned. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2010 in Christianity, New Testament History, Religion

 

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Jesus’ Three Entries Into Jerusalem!

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Matthew 21:1-17 records Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem just before he was crucified. We need to take a close look at what Matthew says. Verses 1-9 record that Jesus approached Jerusalem from Jericho (Matthew 20:29), and He sent two disciples into a nearby village, Bethany (Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29) to find an ass and her colt, upon whom no man had ever sat, and bring them to him.[1] Their use had probably been prearranged with their owner just after Christ raised up Lazarus.[2] Next, Christ sat on the colt and the small crowd of disciples went before and behind Him laying their clothes and palm branches in his path and crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.” The entire city was moved (v.10) and wondered who Jesus was, and the disciples had to tell them (v.11). Jesus entered the Temple area and cast out those who bought and sold (v.12), declaring that they had defiled the House of God, which should have been a House of Prayer (v.13). Afterward, he healed the blind and the lame (v.14), and apparently the disciples continued to chant “hosanna” to him, because (v.15) the chief priests were displeased and told Jesus so, though they witnessed his miracles (v.16). Jesus, however, told them that praise is perfected in the hearts of babes. He then left for Bethany (v.17). Upon his return to Jerusalem (Matthew 21:18), Jesus was hungry and desired fruit from a fig tree. When he found none on the tree, he cursed it and soon it withered and died (v.19). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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The End of the Age

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When the Bible speaks of end times or the end of the age most folks who read the scriptures believe it is referring to the time of Jesus’ second return to this earth. Well, some references do indeed refer to this time, but not all. For example, the Genesis flood marked an end of an age and the beginning of another. When Israel was brought out of Egypt, it marked the end of an age (age of the patriarchs) and the beginning of another (the age of the Law). When Jesus came it marked the beginning of a new age (the age of grace / Kingdom of God) and when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed, it marked the end of the age of Law. Therefore, if we really wish to understand what the Bible is telling us, we really need to read about these things within their context. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Prophecy, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Oral Culture and Chronology of the NT

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When were the books of the New Testament written? Many folks believe much of these books were written after the destruction of Jerusalem, and a lot of pressure has been placed upon the conservative biblical scholars to do the same. The reason has to do with the strong oral culture of the 1st century AD. However, oral culture should not be a consideration of any of the writings except for the Gospel narratives. The epistles were written for specific reasons, namely to correct certain problems that had arisen in the Messianic churches. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2010 in Gospel, Religion, Textual Criticism

 

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Who Wrote the Gospels?

Gospel AuthorsThe Gospel narratives are not signed, so how do we know that Matthew wrote Matthew and Luke wrote Luke etc.? Paul usually signed his epistles, but none of the Gospel narratives are signed by their authors. What gives? How do we know who wrote what? So goes the argument I once received on the discussion boards that challenge the Christian faith. Nevertheless, the question has been asked. Do we have an answer, and does this answer support the tradition that Matthew did, indeed, write Matthew and so on for the other Gospel narratives and their authors? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in Gospel, New Testament History, Religion

 

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