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October 18th is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. Who was he and what do we know about him? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .   1) Who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke […]

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The book of Acts does not tell us the full story of early Church history. It provides only partial information. This is obvious from the fact that it just covers the period between A.D. 33 and 60, when it suddenly stops (providing us an important clue to when it was written). Even within that time […]

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I’m currently doing some work on the chronology of the book of Acts, and one of the key chronological benchmarks is in Acts 24:27, when the Roman procurator who presently has Paul in custody (Felix) is replaced by his successor (Festus). You’d think that it would be easy to simply look up in secular sources […]

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According to a view that St. Augustine proposed when he began his Harmony of the Gospels, Mark was the second Gospel to be written, and it was basically an abridgement of Matthew. Luke then wrote third, and John last. This idea is known as the “Augustinian hypothesis.” Despite its historical popularity, there are several reasons to […]

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September 29th is the feast of St.s Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael—archangels. These are the only three angels whose names are mentioned in Scripture, and this is their day. Here are 7 things to know and share . . .   1) What is an archangel? The word “archangel” (Greek, archangelos) means “high-ranking angel”—the same way […]

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Recently, I’ve been doing a series of blog posts about how the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke relate to each other. In biblical studies, this is known as the Synoptic Problem. Today the most popular solution to this problem is known as the “Two-Source Hypothesis.” According to this view, Mark was the first Gospel to […]

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The Synoptic Problem

by Jimmy Akin

in Bible

Here is a series of posts I’ve been doing about the Synoptic Problem (i.e., the way in which the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are related to each other): General: What Is the Synoptic Problem? The Two-Source Hypothesis: Some Thoughts About Q Questioning Q Visualizing Q Don’t Hate on Q The Augustinian Hypothesis: Was […]

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Visualizing Q

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, Bible

There are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. This number represents more than a fifth of Matthew and Luke, and so some scholars have proposed that there was a written source—called Q—that both Evangelists drew upon, though it is now lost. There are, of course, other […]

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St. Luke begins the second chapter of his Gospel with a chronological note about when Jesus was born: writing: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria [Luke 2:1-2]. This passage has been subject to […]

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Three of the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—are very similar to each other when compared to the fourth Gospel, John. They tell the story of Jesus in very similar ways, frequently including the same stories and sayings and often using exactly the same words. That’s why these three are known as the “synoptic” Gospels—because they offer […]

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