Stories of Jesus

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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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