Category: Jesus’ Miracles

Exorcising Illness: καταπέτασμα on Jesus, Disease, and Exorcism

“That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.”Mark 1:32 Sickness. Disease. Death. In the ancient world, particularly in Palestine of the first century CE, all of this could be associated directly or indirectly to the activity… Continue Reading “Exorcising Illness: καταπέτασμα on Jesus, Disease, and Exorcism”

Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 9

To view all posts in this review series, please go to its index. CONCLUSION The final chapter of Strobel’s book is titled “Reaching Your Verdict.” He begins by detailing healings that no doubt lend themselves to his own beliefs regarding the miraculous: a teenager with… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 9”

Musings on Mark: Mark 4 and Psalm 107

John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina vol. 2 (The Liturgical Press, 2002), 160-161. Especially significant [to Mark 4:35-41] is Ps 107:23-32 (LXX 106:23-32), which Mark’s narrative virtually paraphrases. According to that psalm people “went down to the sea… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Mark 4 and Psalm 107”

Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 6

“For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 6”

Musings on Mark: A Closer Look at Mark 6:45-52, part 2

In the last “Musings on Mark” we began taking a closer look at Mark 6:45-52. Today we finish up looking at that passage. “He Intended to Pass Them By” We left off in the last post with Jesus seeing the struggle of the disciples… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: A Closer Look at Mark 6:45-52, part 2”

Kyle Keefer: Utter Dullards

Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), 25-26. The characterization of the disciples in Mark’s gospel is shocking in its condescension; the disciples are complete and utter dullards. One scene in particular makes this point. Mark narrates two stories of… Continue Reading “Kyle Keefer: Utter Dullards”

Musings on Mark: Mark vs Matthew vs John on Jesus Walking on Water

One of the few stories shared by both the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John is the story of Jesus walking upon water. (Well, almost all of the Synoptics – Luke omits it.) Each version is different in one way or another. The… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Mark vs Matthew vs John on Jesus Walking on Water”

Bart Ehrman: Miracle Workers in the Greco-Roman World

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 46. What is remarkable is that [Apollonius of Tyana and Jesus] were not the only two persons in the Greco-Roman world who were thought to have been… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Miracle Workers in the Greco-Roman World”