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Damascenes Introduction

When Franco Zeffereli directed Jesus of Nazareth, featuring a who’s who of 1970’s Hollywood, he chose Ian Holm to play Zerah, a conniving member of the Sanhedrin who prosecuted the case against Christ. But where is Zerah in the Bible, or even extra-biblical traditions? Nowhere. He was a creation of …

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Cleopas Introduction

When I was writing The Gospel According to Shakespeare: The Passion (ISBN: 978-1-931608-30-5), a Passion-play in Shakespearean verse, I was drawn to the story of two disciples meeting Jesus Christ on the road to Emmaus. I gave Jesus a short soliloquy illustrating the Messianic prophecies only Jesus could have fulfilled …

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To Deuterocantical or Not To Deuterocantical

What makes a Biblical work authentic scripture or be seen as apocryphal, deuterocanonical, or outright forgeries? We know that Paul defined authentic scripture [as] given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). Jerome, the compiler of the …

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Theophilus, the Beloved of God

Theophilus (Greek: θεόφιλος, beloved of God) was the intended audience for the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Some scholars believe he was an actual person, a lawyer, a Roman official, or even a Jewish High-Priest, and other Biblical scholars believe “the beloved of God” was the …

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Allonymous Authorship

Orthonymous, Homonymous, Anonymous, Pseudonymous, or Allonymous?!? Scholars believe that there are essentially four different ways an author can be attributed to any given work: “orthonymous”, “homonymous”, “anonymous”, and “pseudonymous”. Orthonymous is by far the most common, defined as a work written by the person claiming to have written it. Homonymous …

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Plagiarism or Sermonizing

Many, if not all, critics of The Holy Trilogy Bible, will claim that I have plagiarized The Holy Bible, the works of Josephus, and early Christian writers. But given the nature of theological discourse over the centuries, this argument is rendered moot. Did the authors of the books of the …

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Of Prophecy or Madness

“I hear the voice of God!” Those words have only ever been uttered by prophets or madman. In their own time, every prophet was considered a madman. For every actual prophet, there are countless madmen. For every authentic scripture, there are countless apocrypha. Every believer is but a drop in …

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A Midsummer Night’s Wet Dream – Silent Film

In the days before filmmakers discovered how to make movies with sight and sound, they created visual tapestries devoid of a sense that we today take for granted. We live in an area with YouTube and before MTV were we as a consumer require both. Not since the birth of the …

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The Onion and Ophelia T’Wat.com: Juvenal or Juvenalian?!?

The Onion is a marvel of political satire. How many Onion articles are shared on Facebook newsfeeds and unsuspecting friends believe, truly believe the articles are real. And they lose their ever-loving shit. “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex” “Conspiracy Theorist Convinces Neil Armstrong That Moon Landing Was Fake” “Congress …

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