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Beasts Introduction

I. The identity of The Beast of Revelation have been hotly contested over the centuries. Every despot in the Judeo-Christian world has been accused of being either Antichrist or the beast of the earth himself. Not even the Popes have escaped accusation; the nearly-divine are often seen as despots to …

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Jerusalem Introduction

Many critics of the New Testament, in their dismissal of the Olivet Discourse (the little Apocalypse) of Matthew 24, will argue Vaticinium ex eventu (“Prophecy after the event”). This argument postulates that the Gospels were actually written after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 and this “prophecy” by Jesus …

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Josephus Introduction

Any American, who came of age in the latter half of the 20th century, will remember the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. These unholy abominations of sacred fiction were abridged because American reader’s could not be bothered to read an entire novel. They required the editors at Reader’s Digest to abridge …

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Pseudochristos Introduction

Jesus warns in his little Apocalypse the rise of Pseudochristos: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but …

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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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