The Problem of Mark 8:31

It’s the oddest thing. When we turn to the earliest written gospel, the Gospel According to Mark, we find that the God Jesus prophesied his own death and resurrection on at least three different occasions: in Mark 8:31, 9:31, and 10:33. What is peculiar, is the fact that Jesus predicts He would rise from the dead three days AFTER He is put to death in both 8:31 and 9:31. This prophecy is also repeated in…
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About That Roman Guard at Jesus’ Tomb

  In the late afternoon of “Good Friday,” Sanhedrin member, Joseph of Arimathea, met with Pontius Pilate and asked the prefect for permission to take possession of Jesus of Nazareth’s crucified body. Pilate, surely mystified as to why a member of the Sanhedrin who had found Jesus guilty of blasphemy would want the criminal’s body,[1] nevertheless, gives Joseph his permission.           Joseph and a fellow Pharisee named Nicodemus next take down Jesus’ body from the…
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The Saturday Resurrection of Jesus

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary         In John 20:1, we learn that Mary Magdalene, traveling alone, made her way to Jesus tomb, “while it was still dark” on the first day of the week (i.e., “Sunday”), only to find it empty. But we also learn from Matthhew 28:1 that Mary Magdalene, in the company of the “other Mary,” returned to the tomb, at daybreak; making it Magdalene’s second visit there. (And a third  “just after sunrise”…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part IV

PAUL’S “GREAT COMMISSION” In part three of this series, we found that the so-called “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:16-20 was never actually proclaimed by Jesus. The evidence against Him doing so is just too overwhelming. In Part IV, we will address Saul of Tarsus’ assertion that he also had been charged to preach “Jesus’ message” to the Jews. But more significantly, that Jesus ordained him to minister to the Gentiles as well.[1] Something Jesus strictly…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part III

JESUS AND THE “GREAT COMMISSION” OF MATTHEW 28:16-20 “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part II

“I was sent ONLY unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”[1] As we have seen, God the Father decided that God Jr.’s mission was to minister to the Jews alone. There is nothing in Jesus’ actions while on earth that would lead us to believe otherwise.            An examination of Jesus’ miracles for the benefit of Gentiles—of which there were only two according to the gospel record—shows that in the first instance, the…
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The Mission of Jesus – Part I

Perhaps the most disregarded important passage in the gospel record is found in the Gospel According to Matthew. After haranguing a group of “Pharisees and teachers of the law” in Galilee in regards to ritual purity, Jesus decides, for some mysterious reason, to travel to the Gentile regions of Tyre and Sidon. I say “mysterious” because earlier Jesus had commanded his disciples, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.[1]…
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The Problem of Matthew 12:40 – Revisited

One of the most problematic passages in the New Testament—as far as bible prophecy is concerned—is Matthew 12:40. It is an especially important passage because the prophecy it contains is said to have been uttered by none other than Jesus himself. As we shall soon see, that prophecy failed to be fulfilled as stated. It perhaps was in the Galilean town of Capernaum that certain ‘scribes and Pharisees’ approached Jesus and asked him to perform…
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About Those “Fulfilled” Prophecies Regarding Judas

Christian apologists have always tended to see Jesus fulfilling Scripture at practically every turn. The story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas proves to be yet another example of it. In Matthew 27 we read the following:             When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I  have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent…
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On The Death of Judas

Christians certainly have no sympathy for Judas Iscariot. Considered among the vilest humans in all of human history, Judas betrayed his Lord and master after nearly three years of missionary work, after witnessing virtually every “miracle,” Jesus is said to have performed, and even after being taught “secret knowledge” not even found in the gospels. So what caused Judas to betray Jesus? Money? Resentment? Or was it something else? Something Scripture fails to make clear?…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – The Conclusion

The Slaying of Jephthah’s Daughter We saw in Part I that Christian apologists insist that Jephthah did not  ritually slaughter his own daughter and offer her up as a burnt-offering to the God of Israel. Instead, apologists maintain, Jephthah’s “sacrifice” was that his daughter was fated to consecrate the rest of her life as an unmarried virgin in full devotion to God. And, consequently, Jephthah to lose the opportunity to carry on the family’s lineage.…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – Part I

The Old Testament Book of Judges relates a story that almost defies belief. It’s the story of a mighty Israelite warrior named Jephthah who ends up offering up his only daughter  as both human sacrifice and “burnt offering” up to the God of Israel. How this came about is related in Judges 11:29 – 39. The events appear to have occurred sometime between the years 1118 -1094 B.C.E. A Semite tribe known as the Ammonites…
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