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The Orchard hypothesis, which holds that Mark is a transcript of lectures that Peter gave on Matthew and Luke, is a unique solution to the Synoptic Problem. It was proposed in the late 20th century by the British scholar Dom Bernard Orchard, along with other authors, including Harold Riley, David Alan Black, and Dennis Barton. […]

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For some time I’ve been meaning to write something about how pagans frequently offered sacrifices–and other gifts–at the Jerusalem temple, but I haven’t had a chance yet. Until I have time, I’ll use this post to collect notes on the phenomenon. It’s easy for us to impose ideas on later ages on what we read […]

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The recent remake of the movie Pete’s Dragon has prompted some discussion on the Internet of whether it is ever permissible, from a Christian point of view, to depict dragons as friendly, which happens in the movie. Some, pointing to comments made by novelist Michael O’Brien in his book A Landscape with Dragons, have answered […]

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The deuterocanonical books of the Bible are those books in the Old Testament which are not found in the canon of modern, rabbinic Jews and Protestants. In Protestant circles, they are frequently referred to as “the apocrypha.” “Apocrypha” means “hidden things,” and that’s a misnomer, because these books aren’t and never have been hidden. They […]

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It’s surprising, but with a little sleuthing, we can get good estimates of when the authors of the New Testament were born. Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can learn about Paul and his circle of New Testament authors. (Yesterday we looked at the Twelve and the brethren of Jesus.)   […]

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Wouldn’t it be neat to know more about the apostles?—like when they were born? How about members of Jesus’ family? It turns out, we can figure that out with more reliability than you might suppose. Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can discover . . .   A Key Insight I […]

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The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event? How does the Church celebrate this day? Is Easter a pagan holiday? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What […]

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Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus “descended into hell.” Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know.   1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus’ disciples mourned […]

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Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1. Why is this […]

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Every single Mass, we hear the words “on the night he was betrayed.” That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. Here are 10 things you need to know.   1. What happened on the original Holy Thursday? An amazing amount of stuff! This was […]

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