A Summary of Chapter 9 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

9. Papias on Mark and Matthew Eusebius preserves some information from Papias of Hierapolis regarding the origin of the Gospels of Mark and Matthew (Hist. Eccl. 3.39.14-16): We must now add to his [Papias's] statements quoted above about Mark, the author of the Gospel, which has been set forth in these words: The Elder used … Continue reading A Summary of Chapter 9 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

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Comments on the second presidential debate

The transcript can be found at CNN. Comments on McCain: When asked to prioritize health care, energy, and entitlement reform (Social Security and Medicare) he did not prioritize them and instead said we can do all three.  Everyone realizes that.  We want to know what's more important to you.  Obama prioritized his concerns (placing education … Continue reading Comments on the second presidential debate

Comments on the vice presidential debate

The transcript for the debate can be found at CNN. Comments on Joe Biden: He claims that the Constitution calls for same-sex couples to have the same benefits as married couples.  If this were so you'd think the Supreme Court would have ruled on the matter and same-sex couples would currently be enjoying the same … Continue reading Comments on the vice presidential debate

Comments on the first presidential debate

The first presidential debate of this election occurred yesterday.  It was a good format in the sense that it gave the candidates time to explain their positions with more than mere soundbytes and allowed the candidates to address each other directly. The debate opened on the topic of the economic recovery plan.  I´m glad both … Continue reading Comments on the first presidential debate

Ben Witherington III reviews Reimagining Church

Earlier this year, Ben Witherington III reviewed Pagan Christianity.  Now he is reviewing another book by Frank Viola, Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity.  Here is the series of posts:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.  Frank Viola has responded to those posts:  Part 1, Part 2.  Witherington also provides an … Continue reading Ben Witherington III reviews Reimagining Church

A Refutation of Ahmed Deedat’s Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction: Part 4

The index to this series of posts can be found here.  This post is a refutation of “Chapter 4:  Preparation For Jihad” of Ahmed Deedat’s Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction. Chapter 4 begins: POLICY CHANGE Jesus will not be a sitting-duck for a clandestine arrest by the Jews. He prepares his disciples for the impending showdown. Discreetly, so … Continue reading A Refutation of Ahmed Deedat’s Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction: Part 4

Commentary on Luke 22:35-38

35 Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ὅτε ἀπέστειλα ὑμᾶς ἄτερ βαλλαντίου καὶ πήρας καὶ ὑποδημάτων, μή τινος ὑστερήσατε; οἱ δὲ εἶπαν· οὐθενός. 36 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς· ἀλλὰ νῦν ὁ ἔχων βαλλάντιον ἀράτω, ὁμοίως καὶ πήραν, καὶ ὁ μὴ ἔχων πωλησάτω τὸ ἱμάτιον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀγορασάτω μάχαιραν. 37 λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι τοῦτο τὸ γεγραμμένον δεῖ τελεσθῆναι ἐν … Continue reading Commentary on Luke 22:35-38