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The Hard Sayings of Jesus

The Gospel narratives often highlighted the people's reactions to Jesus Christ's words, including Mark's insight that they were often "amazed" or "astonished" (Mark 1:22, 27). John recalled the reaction to the Bread of Life Sermon delivered in Capernaum when Jesus...

Finding Peace in Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the author of peace, the Prince of Peace. In this learning laboratory of mortality, we find that peace comes as we put Him first in our lives. We come to know that He lives, that Christ truly paid the price of our sins, our poor vision, our weaknesses,...

The Need for a Redeemer

In a previous post, we have shown that the entire human race existed as spirit-beings in the primeval world, and that for the purpose of making possible to them the experiences of mortality this earth was created. They were endowed with the powers of agency or choice...

Christ in the Premortal Life

We affirm, on the authority of Holy Scripture, that the Being who is known among men as Jesus of Nazareth, and by all who acknowledge His Godhood as Jesus the Christ, existed with the Father prior to birth in the flesh; and that in the preexistent state He was chosen...

Jesus the Christ

It is a matter of history that, at or near the beginning of what has since come to be known as the Christian era, the Man Jesus, surnamed the Christ, was born in Bethlehem of Judea. The principal data as to Jesus Christ's birth, life, and death are so well attested as...

Did women follow Jesus?

Yes! Jesus Christ had a high respect for women, often including them as positive role models of faith and dedication in his teaching and parables (see, for example, the widow of Zarephath who fed Elijah, Luke 4:25-26; and the woman who gave her two mites into the...

Jesus of Nazareth

Why is Jesus Christ associated with Nazareth? Nazareth, a small village in Upper Galilee, was the boyhood home of Jesus. Joseph and Mary, according to the New Testament, returned there sometime after Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, a small town in Judea in the south...

What are the Synoptic Gospels?

Among the four canonical Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke are sometimes referred to as the "Synoptic Gospels." Literally, synoptic means "with the same eye" and refers to the fact that these Gospels share the same material and are closely related to each other.

What is the Passion?

"The passion of Jesus, more than other parts of the gospel story, cries out for a theological commentary. While the uninitiated can easily appreciate scenes of Jesus' ministry, in which he appears as compassionate healer and teacher, they will be less clear about what...

What are the Passion Narratives?

The Passion Narratives were some of the earliest oral or written accounts of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The term passion comes from the Latin for "suffering" (patior/passus) and is found in the King James Version of the Bible in Acts, "To whom also he...

What did Jesus look like?

The apocryphal letters that purportedly gave a physical description of Jesus Christ have long since been recognized as inauthentic. Post-New Testament authors often let their imaginations roam on issues that were either not clear or totally absent from the New...

Was Jesus human in any way?

Mark, more than any other writer, preserves a view of Jesus Christ's humanity in the Passion Narratives. His prayer in Gethsemane may be the best example: "Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee: take away this cup from me" (Mark 14:36). Throughout his...

When were the Synoptic Gospels written?

The modern student of the New Testament is presented with a wide variety of possibilities for dating the various books of the New Testament. The dates provided by scholars appear in textbooks and dictionaries as though they are based on concrete historical...

Who is Tacitus?

Cornelius Tacitus, born about A.D. 56, was from a relatively new senatorial family. His early political career was under the Flavian emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. He successfully survived the senatorial purges of Domitian's reign, even holding high office...

What does Josephus say about Jesus?

Most scholars agree that Josephus wrote about Jesus Christ in his book, Jewish Antiquities (see Antiquities 18.3.3). However, because Christians preserved his writings they argue that Christian scribes to support their claims about Jesus tampered with the original...

Who is Josephus?

Joseph ben Matthias ha-Cohen, commonly known as Josephus, was a Jew, born in A.D. 37 to an aristocratic priestly family. His native language was Aramaic, although he would have known Hebrew well, and all of his surviving writings are in Greek. At different times, his...

What is a Targum?

A Targum (plural Targumim) is an Aramaic translation and/or paraphrase of the Hebrew Bible. They are known from the Medieval period, but with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the twentieth century which included some Targumim (4QtgLev, 4QtgJob, 11QtgJob, and...

Who are the Magi?

The account of the Magi, or Wise Men, is a well-known and loved part of the Christmas story. Nevertheless, Matthew's account simply states that when Jesus Christ was born, "there came wise men from the east," without specifying how many there were, exactly who they...

Who was John the Baptist?

John the Baptist was born to righteous and devout parents of priestly descent in a small village in Judea, traditionally identified as Ein Karem, a modern suburb of Jerusalem. He played a singular role at the beginning of Jesus Christ's ministry. Each gospel provides...

Was Jesus born on Christmas day?

All four gospels agree that Jesus Christ was born prior to the death of Herod the Great (died March 13, 4 B.C.) and died when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea (A.D. 26-36). The challenge facing any reconstruction of Jesus' life, the duration of which lasted almost...

What was Nazareth like in the first century?

Jesus of Nazareth, a phrase occurring seventeen times in the New Testament, has identified a small, unwalled town in southern Galilee with Jesus for all time. Located some fifteen miles west of the Sea of Galilee and twenty miles east of the Mediterranean Sea,...

What is crucifixion?

Crucifixion was an ancient method of execution the Romans adopted almost exclusively to deter criminal acts by non-roman citizens in the empire. Crucifixions were carried out on busy streets, particularly on roads that led into and out of city centers. The Romans...

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