Who are the Magi?

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,...
Who was John the Baptist?

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...

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...
Who is Joseph Caiaphas?

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’...

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...
Who is Joseph, the husband of Mary?

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...
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