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The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Nine

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY NINE: SPARRING WITH PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES It was mid-week by now, and Jesus continued to teach fearlessly in the Temple courts. On this morning the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They […]

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The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Eight

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT: ANOTHER MEAL IN BETHANY, ANOTHER LESSON It was still several days before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own […]

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The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Seven

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN: A GRAND ENTRANCE AND PROPHETIC SIGNS The day had come and the time was at hand for Jesus to do something he had never done before— make a grand entrance into a city, and not just any […]

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The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Six

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY SIX: THE SUMMONS FROM BETHANY Eliezer, Jesus’ most beloved disciple had become gravely ill, so his sisters sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Nine

posted by Ben Witherington

In the 9th chapter of Gary Anderson’s book on sin,  having established that sin could be viewed as a debt in Biblical times and thereafter,  he points out that the natural antinomy to such commercial language for sin was of […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Five

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE: DOUBLE VISION Jesus and the disciples had come to Jericho, a city which another ‘Yeshua’/Jesus had made famous in ancient times. The city had become important again because Herod had built his summer palace there and various […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Four

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR: RECONNOITERING WITH THE DISCIPLES The reunion with the disciples found them both positively excited but at the same time perplexed. On the one hand, they seem to have been received with appreciation in many places. On the […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Eight

posted by Ben Witherington

In Chapter Seven Anderson does his best to balance the scales of how early Jews including rabbinic ones view their God, by stressing that there is plenty of evidence of God being viewed as gracious and merciful,  finding ways to […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Three

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY THREE: BETTER ONE DAY IN HIS COURTS Eliezer and the two sisters, and several other sympathizers gathered with Jesus very early the next morning to walk with him into the Temple courts. Word got out that he was […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty Two

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY TWO: BACK TO BETHANY The journey to Jerusalem this time had been relatively uneventful. Jesus was able to travel faster because he was alone. He had longed to spend some more time with Eliezer, Martha and Mary, and […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty One

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY ONE: TWO BY TWO The ministry of Jesus had gone on now for well over a year and a half, and there had been many ups and downs, surprises and delights, good times and bad times. None of […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Seven

posted by Ben Witherington

In the world of the ANE, weights and measures were crucial, not least because ancient economies were mostly barter economies, not money economies. The way the value of some goods was estimated in antiquity was by putting them on a […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Twenty

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER TWENTY: BEYONDS ALL BOUNDS, BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS Dawn came early, and Jesus was already up, eating a crust of bread and drinking some water from the well in the middle of the courtyard at Simon’s own house. The disciples […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Nineteen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER NINETEEN: FOOD AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT An uneasiness had settled in among Jesus’ disciples as they were unsure of who exactly Jesus was or where this ministry was going. Jesus seemed to have alienated not only his family and […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Six

posted by Ben Witherington

In the fifth chapter of his study of sin,  Gary Anderson probes some material in Leviticus 25-26, and here some of his critical assumptions about Leviticus become crucial.  Like many, but certainly not all scholars, Anderson believes that Leviticus is […]

Joy: The Elixer of Faith

posted by Ben Witherington

(The following is a brief excerpt from my forthcoming Philippians commentary. ‘Enjoy!’) JOY– THE ELIXIR OF FAITH, THEEFFERVESCENCE OF HOPE               Scholarshave often pondered the semantic range of the words chara and chairein andthere have been a variety of […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Eighteen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: THE WOMAN AT THE WELL Jesus and the disciples had travelled a full day, after spending a night on the road, before they came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Seventeen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES The journey through Samaria proved to be uneventful, as Jesus had suggested. No one stopped them or inquired of them, and there were no requests for miracles. They did come upon a fellow traveler […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Sixteen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: CROSSING BORDERS Across the Kinneret lake was the region of Gerasa, and Jesus had concluded that it was time to get out of Galilee for a while. What clinched this plan in his mind was that after staying […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Fifteen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: ‘HE CAME UNTO HIS OWN….’ Jesus took his disciples a slightly different way over the hills to Netzerit on this occasion. They came in through the little village of Nain which was only a few miles from Jesus’ […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Fourteen

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: TWELVE FOR THE TWELVE TRIBES, AND WOMEN TOO Much had happened since Jesus had been away from Kefer-Nahum, and the talk of Galilee was the ministries of John and Jesus, with numerous discussions on why they were so […]

The Story of Sin— A Dark Tale Part Five

posted by Ben Witherington

In his fourth chapter (the first chapter in part two, entitled ‘Making a Payment On one’s Debt),  Professor Anderson goes on to point that this notion of sin as a debt, is clear enough even in the latter part of […]

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