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What scriptures did Jesus know?

The Jewish scriptures (the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament) were not finalized in its current form until the end of the New Testament period, about A.D. 90. Before this time, various Jewish groups or sects held differing views about which of the Jewish writings were...

What is the Via Dolorosa?

Many visitors to the Old City in Jerusalem take the opportunity to walk along a crowded pedestrian way that is marked in Arabic, English, and Hebrew as "Via Dolorosa." The Latin name means "the Way of Sorrow," "the Way of Grief," or "the Way of Pain." According to a...

What is the shroud of Turin?

The pressing question for those who dismiss the Shroud of Turin as a fake and those who profess its authenticity is what elements of its existence can reasonably be proven. Although surprising to some, the fact is that very little about the shroud can be proven. The...

What is the Sermon on the Mount?

The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus Christ's most famous discourse. Many Christians and non-Christians have been deeply impressed and motivated by its teachings. Some people refer to it as the revelation of the higher law at a time when God's people were still under the...

Was Pilate a Christian?

The Gospel of Matthew reports that Pilate's wife said to him, "Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him" (Matthew 27:19). This report may have found its way into the Gospels from a variety of...

What are the names of Jesus’ parables?

Surprisingly, only two of Jesus Christ's parables are given names in the text or manuscripts of the New Testament: the "parable of the Sower" (Matthew 13:18) and the "parable of the tares of the field" (Matthew 13:36). The other parables bear names that are the result...

When is Easter?

The observance of the feast of Passover extends back to the time when the children of Israel were commanded to obey it as part of their delivery from Egyptian captivity. The festival, beginning on Nisan 14 (modern March-April) with the sacrifice of the lambs, lasted...

Who is Joseph Caiaphas?

Joseph Caiaphas (AD 18-36) was a Jewish leader in the first century. All four Gospel accounts place Caiaphas at the center of Jesus Christ's interrogation by Jewish authorities and his delivery to Pilate. What is surprising about the way in which Caiaphas' story is...

Who is Pontious Pilate?

Pontius Pilate, the Roman official under whose authority Jesus Christ was tried and sentenced, was the fifth governor of Judea, holding his position during the period of A.D. 26-36. As an equestrian, Pilate came from the Roman class that was second only to the...

What is the Gospel of Judas?

One document that has recently come to public attention is the Gospel of Judas. This text was discovered near El Minya, Egypt, in the early 1970's. Like other New Testament documents and the Nag Hammadi codices, this papyrus manuscript survived because of the dry...

Who is Joseph, the husband of Mary?

At the beginning of Jesus Christ's ministry, Joseph, his adopted father, had probably already passed away. Because the average life expectancy was low and occupational accidents high, this conclusion seems rather natural. Perhaps Joseph's death may also have been...

What is the Messiah?

Modern readers are usually familiar with the term Messiah both in its Hebrew form (transliterated into modern English as "Messiah") and in its Greek form (Christ, a modernized spelling of Christos). Both terms mean "anointed" and can be used in a general sense, such...

When was the Gospel of John written?

Scholars have long considered the Gospel of John to be one of the latest written texts in the New Testament. The reasons for the conclusion that the Gospel of John was written after the letters of Paul, the Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), and many of the...

Was Jesus a carpenter?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus Christ is identified as a tekt?n, often translated as "carpenter" in many New Testament versions (Mark 6:3). In Matthew, Joseph is also indentified as the same (Matthew 13:55). It was not uncommon for a son or dependent to follow in the...

Who is Nicodemus?

Nicodemus was a Pharisee who, as "a ruler of Jews," seems to have been a member of the Sanhedrin. He appears three times in the Gospel of John. In the first and most famous incident, soon after the cleansing of the temple, Nicodemus visited Jesus Christ at night,...

Who killed Jesus?

The Gospels provides a detailed portrait of Jesus Christ's last twenty-four hours, including his execution (Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23 and John 18-20). Scholars are nearly unanimous in their interpretation that the Synoptic Gospels indicate that a Roman...

What is Q?

The Synoptic Gospels-Matthew, Mark, and Luke-contain a significant number of similarities in wording and order of events as they relate the life of Jesus Christ. Some of those similarities are rather distant, but other parallels are so significant that it appears that...

What are the Gospels?

What are the Gospels? The Gospels are four books found in the New Testament that record the stories of what Jesus Christ said and did. They were most likely produced in the second half of the first century, as early as the 60s. Although some scholars date John's...

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