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Why Did Jesus Go To Jerusalem? A Holy Week Reflection

(668) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 8:11 PM

These are my questions based on the historical fact -- yes, fact -- that Pilate executed Jesus at Passover. Did Jesus go to Jerusalem to get himself killed? If he did, why, in the tinder-box atmosphere at Passover, did it take him so many days to get his wish?

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What Really Happened to Paul on the Road to Damascus?

(531) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 12:10 AM

The vision of Jesus that changed Paul from a Pharisaic Jew to a Christian Jew happened, says Luke's Acts of the Apostles, on the road to Damascus. That event is so important that Luke records it three times for maximum emphasis: first, as it happens (9:1-19); next, as Paul tells...

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The Challenge of Christmas

(364) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 5:04 PM

The story of Jesus's infancy was created differently by Matthew and Luke as parabolic overtures to their quite different gospels. But there is one aspect of Jesus's infancy upon which they both agree, namely, the frequent arrival of angels, heavenly messengers who give to mundane events a transcendental purpose. Think...

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The Search for the Historical Paul: How to Read The Letters of Paul

(270) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 3:10 PM

It was the sheerest of sheer coincidences, and I cite it as such only to introduce my present subject. It happened in early May of 2011 as Marianne and Marcus Borg along, with Sarah and myself, were leading our annual pilgrimage In the Footsteps of Paul across western Turkey.

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The Search for the Historical Paul: What Paul Thought About Women

(983) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 1:04 PM

2011-08-08-ephesus.jpgOn the mid-Aegean coast of Turkey, half-way up the northern slope of the Bülbüldag and high above the excavations of ancient Ephesus, is a long, narrow shrine-cave. On your immediate right as you enter its 50-foot length is a...

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The Search for the Historical Paul: Which Letters Did He Really Write?

(513) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 4:20 PM

The 13th-century Sopoćani monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near the source of the Raška River, just east of Novi Pazar in the south-western corner of Serbia. After two centuries of attack, desolation and abandonment, its Church of the Holy Trinity is now rebuilt, its frescoes restored and its...

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The Communal Crucifixion of Jesus

(148) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 7:08 PM

The Jewish historian Josephus, the Roman historian Tacitus, and the Christian Apostles' Creed have very little in common. Except for this one thing: that, respectively, Jesus "had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilatus"; that "Pilate, upon hearing him accused by...

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The Communal Resurrection of Jesus

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 12:08 PM

In the great Rotunda of the ancient Church of the Resurrection -- or Church of the Holy Sepulchre -- in Jerusalem is a tiny free-standing shrine known as the Aedicule or Chapel of the Tomb and Resurrection of Jesus. It is a tiny space and pilgrims are usually lined up...

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With Liberty and Justice For All: Why the Bible Promotes Equality

(542) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 5:03 PM

The biblical tradition insists that God is a God of "justice and righteousness," that is, of distributive justice and restorative righteousness. Think, for example, of this divine claim:
"I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I...

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