Bible History

Despite their disagreements, both believing and skeptical Bible scholars can agree on certain things about the life of Jesus. One of these is that, during his day, Jesus had a reputation as a miracle-worker. Accounts of his healings, exorcisms, and other miracles are found throughout the Gospels. While skeptical scholars may dismiss miracles like the […]

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There’s a famous passage in Genesis that often comes up in discussions of salvation. It says Abraham “believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Protestant pastors frequently preach on this passage, and they frequently get it wrong. Really wrong. Here’s why . . .   Why It Comes Up This […]

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Something very strange happens in John’s Gospel. Unlike any of the other Gospels, it indicates—directly—who its author is. And yet it also doesn’t tell us who he is. At the very end of the Gospel, we are told that it was written by a figure who has become known as “the beloved disciple.” But he […]

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It sounds like a trick question. You’re tempted to say, “Uhh . . . that would be John?” Yes, but which John? A handful of names were extremely popular in first century Israel. These included Simon, Judas, James, and, John. The frequency with which they occurred sometimes makes it hard to sort out who is […]

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Many people have the idea that, in biblical times, the Jerusalem temple was exclusively for Jewish use. This is a natural assumption, given the hostilities that led to the Jewish War of the A.D. 60s, as well as the attitude of some Jewish Christians who thought salvation was impossible for Gentiles. But the historical evidence […]

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Jesus prophesied that the Jerusalem temple would be destroyed within a generation, and it was. Jewish rebels began a war against the Romans in A.D. 66, and four years later the temple lay in ruins. Will it ever be rebuilt? Many Jews and Christians think so, even claiming that this must happen for certain prophecies […]

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According to multiple books in the Old Testament, the Israelites came into possession of the land of Canaan after they left slavery in Egypt—an event known as the Exodus. Yet, according to some skeptical scholars today, the Exodus never happened. Instead, the Israelites simply were a group of Canaanites, and they eventually took over the […]

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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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