An ancient Christmas: The virgin

The prophet Isaiah ministered in Judah around six hundred years before Christ. His ministry spanned the reigns of at least four Judean kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Three of those kings were godly, but Ahaz was a particularly despicable character. Second Kings 16…

Vindicating Jesus?

“A Kenyan lawyer has filed a petition to overturn the 2,000-year-old trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, arguing that the trial was unlawful and demanding that Israel and Italy be held responsible.”1 When I first read these words, I was almost certain it must…

The historical Jesus: The Gospel accounts

Samuel McComb helps us to understand the significance of the historical reliability of the gospels when he writes, Christianity is a historical religion. By this we mean not merely that it has entered into the history of the world, and that its career can…

The historical Jesus: The testimony of history

I have taken some time in previous posts to introduce the question of whether there is historical evidence for the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, and to deal with the question of first-century evidence (or the lack thereof) for his life. In short, mention…

A gospel story older than the Gospels

An article that appeared on MyNews by Marcus Steenberg recently caught my attention. Steenberg asserts that “Jesus of Nazareth is none other than a fictional reincarnation of the much older Horus of Egypt.” He offers a long list of parallels between the Gospels and…

The historical Jesus: Beginning the Search

The expression, “They pierced my hands and my feet,” was used in reference to the nails of the cross which were fixed in His hands and feet. And after He was crucified they cast lots upon His vesture, and they that crucified Him parted…

The historical Jesus: An introduction

Regarding the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, Bertrand Russell once wrote, “I may say that one is not concerned with the historical question. Historically, it is quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed at all, and if he did we do not know anything about…