Bible History

In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (May 25, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:29 Why is Ascension Thursday a holy day of obligation in some places and not others? 5:30 How do we know the Ascension happened on a Thursday? 7:20 When will we get our glorified bodies? 8:10 How does […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 20, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:22 Did Jesus falsely prophesy that he would return before the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70? 13:39 Did some of the disciples initially think Jesus was a ghost after his resurrection? 17:50 What is “hermeneutics”? How […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 14, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:10 What was happening at the Triumphal Entry? 4:50 What is happening with the mysterious incident where the disciples get the animal for Jesus to ride? 8:30 When was the cleansing of the Temple? 9:50 What is a […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 10, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:50 Why don’t Christians all celebrate Easter on the same day? 8:20 How is Easter related to Passover? 10:44 What date was Jesus crucified? 16:10 Why are the days of Holy Week given the names they are? (e.g., […]

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In its entry on the (apocryphal) Epistle of Barnabas, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary states: Although Barnabas 4:14 appears to quote Matt 22:14, it must remain an open question whether the Barnabas circle knew written gospels. Based on Koester’s analysis (1957:125–27, 157), it appears more likely that Barnabas stood in the living oral tradition used […]

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People are sometimes confused by the differences in the Gospels’ infancy narratives and their resurrection narratives. Sometimes it is claimed that they contradict each other. I’ve already written about how the infancy narratives fit together. You can read that here. Now I’d like to show how the Gospels’ resurrection narratives fit together, not only with […]

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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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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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