On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? Part II

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part II      In Part I of this article, we focused on the Christian apologetic argument that “On the third day” and “After three days” are, in reality, one and the same “day.” This is a claim that is rigorously defended on the Christian website Apologetic Press.*  So now we will turn our attention to another angle Christian apologists have used to reconcile the apparent contradiction between “On” the third day,…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? Part III

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part III – The Rebuttal Begins         In Part I of this article, we addressed the fact that the website Apologetic Press rigorously defends the bizarre idea that “On the third day,” and “After three days” both denote one and the same day. (And is not the only apologetic source to do so either.**) The Apologetic Press’ Eric Lyons writes: “…as awkward as it may sound to an American living in…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? – The Conclusion

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary          We now turn to yet another  difficulty Christian apologists must be forced to contend with. And one which is not quite so readily apparent.         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 28:1 that…
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The Three “Persons” of the Trinity

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary “The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from Latin trinitas “triad”, from trinus “threefold”) defines God as three consubstantial persons, expressions, or hypostases: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; “one God in three persons.”   (Wikipedia)      Just substitute the word “Gods” for “persons,” and you actually have something more in line with what Trinitarian Christians are really  looking at: The God Jesus is God, but NOT God the…
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“While it Was Still Dark . . .” Part I

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part I      Picture the scene: Mary Magdalene has just arrived at the tomb of Jesus on “the first day of the week”―but while it is still  dark  (John 20:1).       Mary is stunned to find the entrance tomb stone rolled back and the tomb itself empty. She is further stunned to find that not a single angel (or two) is to be found either inside or  outside the tomb as reported in the gospels of…
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“While it Was Still Dark . . .” Part II

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part II      Mary Magdalene is now breathlessly reporting all that she had seen and heard at Jesus’ tomb to the disciples in Jerusalem (cf. John 20:18). And it is here that she happens upon friend and fellow disciple, “the other Mary.” Together, they decide that yet another  visit to the tomb is in order and quickly prepare for the return trip; this marking the 3rd  visit by Mary Magdalene within the span of a mere…
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“While It Was Still Dark . . . ” Part III

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part III      We ended Part II of this series wondering aloud why none of Jesus’ disciples was prepared for his return from the dead. Not a single  one! And this, despite the gospel reports of Jesus  actually attempting to explain the Passion to his disciples on several separate occasions! (And one can only imagine how many attempts were made with the apostles on an individual, one-to-one basis!)      Christian scholars,…
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“While It Was Still Dark . . . ” The Conclusion

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part IV      When last we left Mary Magdalene, she and “the other Mary” had returned to Jerusalem to inform Jesus’ immediate male disciples that they met the risen Jesus, and that he was to meet them in person in Galilee.       In Matthew’s gospel, the two Mary’s first  encounter a lone angel, at dawn, sitting atop the entrance tomb stone who informs the pair that Jesus has risen from the dead. The angel then gets up…
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On God and Evil . . . Christian Apologists Play “Defense”

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part V It’s a “Mystery”      Rather than provide a blow-by-blow account of what Christian commentators have had to say elsewhere in respect to the issues covered in this series, I will simply focus on the two most resilient “defenses” apologists have had to offer when caught in a particularly difficult exegetical bind.      The first of these I find inherently dishonest and intellectually bankrupt. It is completely devoid of any real  quantitative substance. Yet, it is, without a doubt, one of the most…
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On God and Evil . . . Yet Another Go-Around

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part I      After having undergone a rather strenuous evolution through the hands of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin writers down through the ages, the terms “Lucifer,” “the devil,” and “Satan” have come to symbolize a beguiling supernatural creature who Christians believe to be the very embodiment of “evil“.      One tradition holds that this creature was originally an angel esteemed highly by God who somehow transformed himself into a megalomaniac intent on usurping his Lord and Creator as Lord of the…
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At What Hour, And On What Day, Was Jesus Crucified? – Part II

A Bible-Related Commentary Good Friday The gospel evidence overwhelmingly points to Jesus being crucified on “Good Friday” of Passover week. All four gospel writers report that it was the day of Preparation that Jesus underwent his trial before Pilate and was subsequently executed on. This day of “preparation,” or paraskeuē (παρασκευή) in New Testament Greek, refers to “Friday,” the day Jews set aside to prepare for their holiest day of the week, the Sabbath, or…
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At What Hour, And On What Day, Was Jesus Crucified? – Part I

  A Bible-Related Commentary In a stark, straight-forward statement, the earliest gospel writer, Mark, declares: “And it was the third hour when they crucified him.” Since scholars generally agree that the ancient Jews reckoned their daylight hours from dawn to sunset we can be reasonably sure that by “the third hour” Mark (15:25) meant three hours from sunrise (= 6 a.m.), or roughly 9 o’ clock in the morning; thus providing us with a remarkably precise chronological record of…
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