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-Earliest Christian Writings Found in a Jordanian Cave?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A group of 70 or so lead “mini-books” were apparently discovered by Bedouins in a remote valley of northern Jordan sometime between 2005 and 2007. The small books, or “codices”, appear to be made of cast lead and bound by lead rings with each page or leaf approximately the size of a credit card and […]

-Have the Bones of the Apostle Paul Really Been Found?

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

According to an article in the UK Telegraph, Pope Benedict XVI claims that scientific tests confirmed shards found in the underground chamber at the church of St Paul’s-Outside-the-Walls in Rome were from the apostle: "This seems to confirm the unanimous and undisputed tradition that these are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul." Are these […]

-Was The Apostle Paul a Fake and a Spy?

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

(Picture of Spy Museum via Wikipedia) LEXINGTON, VA: – The head of the history department at Virginia Military Institute suggests that the Apostle Paul faked his conversion and was really a spy for the Romans. Col. Rose Mary Sheldon of VMI, presented her thesis last week at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. It […]

-Dead Sea Stone Tablet: About a Messiah Who Dies and is Resurrected in 3 Days?

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

(Photo: Dominic Buettner for The New York Times) According to a NY Times story, several Israeli scholars contend that an ancient tablet found near the Dead Sea, dated from the 1st century B.C., talks about a Messiah who would die and 3 days later be resurrected. <<<Read the rest of my article posted on the […]

“The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot” -Part 7: Conclusion

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

A continuing series reflecting on the book: “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed”, By Bart D. Ehrman (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006, pgs.198) Chapter 11: The Gospel of Judas in Perspective In the final chapter, Prof. Ehrman tries to assess the overall importance of the Gospel of […]

“The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot” -Part 6: A Quest for the Historical Judas

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

A continuing series reflecting on the book: “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed”, By Bart D. Ehrman (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006, pgs.198) Chapter 9 & 10: Chapter 9: Who Was Judas Iscariot? Judas -The Historical Sources In chapter 9, professor Ehrman launches a ‘quest for the […]

“The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot” -Part 5: The Context and The Main Characters

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

A continuing series reflecting on the book: “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed”, By Bart D. Ehrman (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006, pgs.198)  Looking at:  Chapter 7:  The Gospel of Judas and Early Christian Gnosticism (Context) and  Chapter 8:  Jesus, Judas, and the Twelve in the Gospel of Judas (The Main […]

The Gospel of Judas: A Response to the Overview

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

In the last article I presented an overview of the Gospel of Judas, based upon chapter six of Ehrman’s book: The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot.  I realize now that I should have included some kind of response and compared the contents to orthodox Christianity.  The following is adapted from an article I published in April 2006 when the […]

“The Last Disciple” -Book Series

Monday, January 1st, 2007

by Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer (Wheaton. Ill.:Tyndale House Pub., 2004, 395 pgs.), —2nd book: “The Last Sacrifice”, ” (Wheaton, Ill.:Tyndale House Pub., 2005, 344 pgs.). This series is a high energy fast moving adventure story, set primarily in first century Rome and Jerusalem (65 AD-70 AD). It is told from the perspective of Roman, […]

“The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot” -Part 3: The Historical Context and The Discovery

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

By Bart D. Ehrman (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006, pgs.198)  Chapter Four:  Before The Discovery This chapter explores what was previously known about the Gospel of Judas and the community that supported its writing and publication.  The Gnostics were the group or community that the gospel probably originated in.  Nearly all that was known about this group for years […]