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Martyrs Introduction

The Martyrdom of early Christians is a horror that still pains Christianity to this day. With the real global threat of ISIS, many Christians, particularly the ancient sects that had survived peacefully with Muslims in Islamic countries for over a millennia, live in daily fear for their lives. The threat …

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Deaths of Apostles Introduction

Fable… Myth… Legend… The martyrdom of the Twelve most important (non-divine) men to ever left to be told in fables, myths, and legends. Why? This is a question I asked as a young Roman Catholic in catechism class. Why were there no Biblical stories regaling the stories of how these …

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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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