Jesus and the Money Changers
2. A Very Crowded Temple
The usual depiction of Jesus’ cleansing has him making a small but intense disturbance, involving perhaps a dozen people. One or two tables are thrown over. Nothing is said about what is going on outside this narrow focus. The painting by El Greco shown below is an example. But if you look at the big picture, you can see that something is obviously very wrong with the story about “the cleansing.”Write comment (0 Comments)
Breitbart News on Judge Roy Moore as Christian
Frank Luntz is a Republican spin doctor best known for transforming the inheritance tax into the death tax. He was in Alabama holding focus groups about Judge Roy Moore, a zealous evangelical who was accused of sexually harassing a number of young girls. To his amazement, everyone defended Moore (here). No one was outraged about Moore’s “family values.” Luntz should have asked how many of these folk still believe that Obama was a Muslim born without US citizenship.
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Jesus Throwing the Money Changers out of the Temple
1. Overview of What Allegedly Happened
While rereading E. P. Sanders’ Historical Figure of Jesus, I was struck by his treatment of Jesus’ “cleansing” of the Temple. It has always amazed me that New Testament scholars accept this as basically historical, even though most acknowledge that many aspects of the cleansing are probably unhistorical. Sanders is a leading expert on the history of Israel in this era, including its cultural and religious history. His treatment of the historical veracity of this alleged event illustrates the way these scholars privilege faith over facts and reason.Write comment (0 Comments)
Paul in Historical Context
New Testament scholars stress the importance of studying Jesus in his historical context. But when it comes to Paul, they don’t. The facts are too disturbing.
A great deal is known about the economic context of the Roman Empire. Life was hard. Roughly ninety percent of the empire just subsisted. This has important implications. First, the vast majority of people never traveled far from their place of birth. They couldn’t afford to. While New Testament scholars boast that Paul traveled about 10,000 miles on his missions, they never mention how he paid for it.Write comment (1 Comment)
Amazon Review of Paul Revealed
Professor Dorie LaRue, Louisiana State University
"Remarkable erudition.... Answered questions I have had for years."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
Paul Revealed: Facts that Father Never Told You is a study recommended for readers who want an in-depth biographical and spiritual analysis of the important role Paul played in Biblical affairs, and provides a coverage both scholarly and accessible as it reveals not only the extent of Paul's life, times, and influence, but lesser-known facts about his impact on Jesus and the world....Write comment (0 Comments)