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Jesus Had a Wife?

October 1, 2012
Jesus Had a Wife?

I’ve enjoyed reading about a recently discovered document scholars have dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”  It’s just a scrap of papyrus that dates to around 150-200 AD, but it is causing a bit of a stir.  Dr. Karen King of Harvard University has recently translated the document and it contains the line, “Jesus said […]

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Apostle – Special Witness of Christ

September 3, 2012
Apostle – Special Witness of Christ

I wanted to follow up on Grace for Grace’s discussion about revelation, and whether we need to be living righteously to receive revelation.  Many people have wondered if apostles have seen Christ.  Michael Quinn discusses this in The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Quinn says on page 1, [Oliver] Cowdery told the new apostles: “It […]

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Prince of Peace Dies Violent Death

April 2, 2012
Prince of Peace Dies Violent Death

There is a call on the bloggernacle to talk about peace with us this week.  With Easter upon us, I wanted to talk a bit about the death of the Prince of Peace, who died a violent, tortured death.  Traditional images of the Crucifixion look similar to this one (pictured on the right.)  National Geographic […]

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What Would Jesus Do?

March 20, 2012
What Would Jesus Do?

Some folks have developed some weird notions about Jesus that in fact differ greatly from the Jesus represented in the books of the Bible (which were written many years after his death anyway).  The Jesus I hear people talking about is feminized and sometimes even, dare I say, Republican.  As Mormon Heretic pointed out yesterday, […]

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Scandalous Behavior of Jesus Around Women

March 19, 2012
Scandalous Behavior of Jesus Around Women

Jesus was a social revolutionary.  He gave women a much larger role in his movement than was traditional in ancient Judaism.  In a previous post, I discussed the story in Luke chapter 7 about a woman wiping Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair.  Such behavior would have been considered lewd by first century Jews.  There […]

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Atonement Theories

February 13, 2012
Atonement Theories

National Geographic has put together a 3-DVD set about the life of Jesus in a series called Science of the Bible.  Each DVD contains a different aspect of his life.  In a documentary called “The Arrest”, they document the ancient Jewish practices at the temple and events leading to his arrest.  The producers of the […]

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Stories of Jesus’ Childhood

December 13, 2010
Stories of Jesus’ Childhood

Ever wondered what kind of a child Jesus was?  Well, The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ tells us that Jesus was part healer, part genius, part brat.  It starts out with some interesting stories about what happened to the holy family in Egypt (following Herod’s edict to kill all boys age 2 and […]

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The Untold Story of Joseph and Mary

December 6, 2010
The Untold Story of Joseph and Mary

The biblical account of the interactions between Joseph and Mary is very small.  To me, it almost makes Joseph and Mary appear 2-dimensional, and I never feel like I know them very well.  When Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant before their wedding, we know that he considered cancelling the betrothal.  An angel intervened, and […]

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Gospel of the Birth of Mary

November 29, 2010
Gospel of the Birth of Mary

A few months ago, I picked up a book called Lost Books of the Bible by William Hone on the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble.  It is one of the coolest books I have ever picked up.  There are 26 ancient books included in the compilation, dating to the earliest centuries after Christ.  These ancient […]

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