Commentary on Matthew 2:1-12

Notes (NET Translation) 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem The birth of Jesus is not narrated. He was already born when the wise men arrived in Jerusalem. Bethlehem was a small city about five to six miles south-southwest … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 2:1-12

Commentary on Matthew 1:18-25

Notes (NET Translation) 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. To judge from the rabbinic sources (which may be late), betrothal or engagement (ʾērûsîn or qiddûšîm) in ancient Judaism … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 1:18-25

Bad Reasoning About Hard Choices

Bad Reasoning About Hard Choices by J. Budziszewski A fireman races into a burning medical clinic. He finds there a flask of frozen embryos, but also a five-year-old child. He can’t carry them both. Who should he save? Most people – including most pro-life people -- would say “the child.” According to abortion advocates, this … Continue reading Bad Reasoning About Hard Choices

Commentary on Matthew 1:1-17

Notes (NET Translation) 1 This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. The word biblos ("record") usually means "book" or "papyrus." The term was often used in the titular sentence at the beginning of ancient Jewish and Christian literature (e.g., Nahum, Tobit, Baruch, T. Job, … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 1:1-17

Provenance of “Nazareth Inscription” Marble is from the Greek Island of Kos

Tablet thought to have guarded tombs after Jesus’s death may not be what it seems A marble tablet warning grave robbers away from tombs soon after the disappearance of Jesus’s body may not be what it seems. That’s the conclusion of a new chemical analysis of the marble, which finds that the object was quarried … Continue reading Provenance of “Nazareth Inscription” Marble is from the Greek Island of Kos

Date of the Gospel of Matthew

Introduction The vast majority of scholars appear to agree that the Gospel of Matthew was written in the first century. Trying to narrow the date of composition down further is a more difficult task. External Citations And Allusions The Gospel of Matthew is quoted from and alluded to by a number of early Christian writings: … Continue reading Date of the Gospel of Matthew