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-The Modern Samaritans Struggling to Survive

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

                              (Samaritans on Mt. Gerizim: from Wikipedia) Most Christians only know about the Samaritans from few passages in the New Testament gospels. Today the Samaritan people and religion struggle to survive in the face of the larger communities of Muslims, and Jews along with Christians in Palestine and Israel. There are only 780 left in […]

-Does God Have a Gender?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Recently a number of priests in the Church of England publically called for changes in the church’s liturgies to include references to God as a female and mother alongside the traditional male designations. From Christian Today: Proclaiming "Jesa Christa, crucified" is among the liturgical changes that could help lessen abuse of power in the Church, […]

-Was Jesus a Real Person? Historical Evidence Beyond the Bible

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

          (Tacitus via Wikipedia) I recently read one of the best summaries ever of all of the historical evidence for the real existence of the man called Jesus of Nazareth in a recent edition of the Biblical Archaeology Review (Jan/Feb 2015): “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible” by Dr. Lawrence Mykytiuk of […]

-Ben Witherington’s Take on the Lead Codices

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Here’s NT Scholar Dr. Ben Witherington’s take on the discovery of the ‘lead codies’: “Lead or Mislead—- The Curious Case of the Lead Codices”

-The Earliest Historical References to Jesus and Christianity

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

                                 (Tacitus via Wikipedia) It has become fashionable in some circles to claim that Christianity rose up in the 2nd century and therefore has no claim upon persons or events in the 1st. First of all we have evidence to the contrary in the New Testament writings themselves which reflect an earlier time and culture. […]