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Holy Week: Day by Day

The Gospel of Mark is unique in giving a chronological, day by day account of “Holy Week” (the events between Palm Sunday and Good Friday) – the other gospel writers talk about this week but not day by day like Mark. I thought examining Mark’s day by day summary might...

Was John the Baptist Elijah?

In John 1:19-28, John the Baptist is asked if he is Elijah, and he denies that he is Elijah (or the Prophet or the Christ). Yet in Matthew 11:14, Jesus says that John the Baptist is the “Elijah who is to come,” referring to the promise of Elijah to come before the day of the Lord in...

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

All four gospels tell us that Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-33; John 1:29-34) – so we know it happened, but why? It can be especially confusing because Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The people whom John baptized confessed their sins (Matthew 3:6...

How We Got Our Bible: Translation

At the heart of the Christian faith is the belief that the God of the universe desires to make Himself known to humans and has ultimately done that through sending Jesus Christ, the Son of God, not just to suffer and die for our sins and live a perfect life for us to have righteousness but also...

How We Got Our Bible: Transmission

We have looked at how the books of the Bible were composed and then how they were collected and compiled into the Old and New Testaments. Now we are going to turn to think about how it is that we do not just have a list of books but actual words that we can read by looking at how the Bible was...

How We Got Our Bible: Collection (Old Testament)

The previous posting looked at how we got the New Testament, but it is just as important to know how the Old Testament was gathered together. Because the Old Testament is, well, older, we have even less data in terms of how it came together, but we still have enough to understand the process and...

How We Got Our Bible: Collection (New Testament)

In the last post, we were concerned with looking at how the individual books of the Bible were written – as they come from different authors in different places, with God speaking through these writers who were often writing for specific, normal reasons. But how did these various...

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