Category: 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”

Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 8

To view all posts in this review series, please go to its index. INTERVIEW #8 – DOUGLAS GROOTHUIS What happens when God doesn’t intervene? What does the believer do when miracles don’t come? In ch. 13 of The Case for Miracles, Strobel opens with a personal anecdote concerning his wife… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 8”

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”

The Weekly Roundup – 2.15.19

“Slavery is part of the cultural fabric of the world that produced the Scriptures. Though some debate whether servitude or even debt-slavery should be used to describe the institution instead, the presumption of right to sexual access marks Hagar’s status as enslaved.” – Wil Gafney… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 2.15.19”

Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 5a

In part one of my review of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Miracles I covered chapters 1-3, a section featuring Strobel’s interview of the skeptic Michael Shermer. In part two I covered chapters 4-6 featuring his interview with Craig Keener. In part three I covered… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 5a”

Mark 1:21-28, AEV

Below is my translation of Mark 1:21-28, a pericope wherein Jesus enters a synagogue in the city of Capernaum and ends up casting out an unclean spirit. This story in some ways sets the tone for the rest of the Gospel because it emphasizes… Continue Reading “Mark 1:21-28, AEV”

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”

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”