The anti-Christian political climate behind the January 2019 berating of Catholic Teens & Christian schools in Washington D.C. ominously echoes the year Tiberius expelled the Jews from Rome 2,000 years ago, in 19 A.D.
False Apostles, painting False 'Jesus's have always been around. Paul described them, and the phenomenon continues today.
Hysterically classic quote: Harnack comes out swinging against critics of Acts of the Apostles who would accuse him of predetermined favorable bias.
John's Gospel says that Pilate was fearful. Why? Pilate's association with Sejanus, who Tiberius executed 31 A.D., explains Pilate's dilemma.
A snapshot of the nine writers: 3 disciples, 2 brothers, Mark, Luke, Paul, and the anonymous author of Hebrews. Includes links from John Wenham's 1991 article on Luke as Lucius of Cyrene, plus George Edmundson's 1913 case for Barnabas & Paul as co-authors of Hebrews.
The Apostle John's knowledge of, and reactions to the other three Gospels, plus his reasons for writing a fourth, according to Eusebius.
For more than two years I've been listening to the New Testament as I wash dishes, drive, walk. As questions surface, I research. For decades, I've wanted to know when the books of the New Testament were written. I specifically remember the year 2006, when the phrase "only Luke is with me" jumped off the … Continue reading The Purpose of this Blog
Ten verses on False Prophets.
Written after Peter's death, John's Gospel was free to name Peter as the swordsman who cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant, Malchus. But Matthew, Mark and Luke hide his identity as the violent assailant at Jesus' arrest. This suggests they were written during Peter's lifetime. After his 42 AD prison escape, Peter is scarcely mentioned in Acts, continuing the pattern of protecting him by keeping knowledge of his whereabouts unpublished.
——————- EDIT: This was originally written under the assumption that the earliest manuscripts of the four Gospels were published completely void of the author’s names. After examining the beginning and ending pages of the earliest manuscripts available, I’ve learned that this simply is not true. The authors names do not appear specifically in the body […] … Continue reading Who Wrote the Gospels?