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Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? Who were the very first followers of Jesus? And how did a clash between two families--the family of Jesus on one hand and the family of high priest Annas and their aristocratic allies on the other--eventually lead to the formation of Christianity?
In this study, best-selling author Craig A. Evans looks at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30-70 CE--beginning with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion and ending with the destruction of the temple--led to the separation between the followers of Jesus and other Jews. Topics include the following: 1) whether Jesus actually intended to found the Christian Church; 2) the ways in which Jesus's proclamation of the "Kingdom of God" relate to the Christian Church; 3) the role of James, brother of Jesus, in the new movement in Jerusalem; 4) the tension between James and Paul in the matter of law and works; 5) the conflict between the families and followers of Jesus and those of the high priest Annas before the destruction of the temple; and 6) the aftermath of the Jewish rebellion, whereby the Church moved away from its Jewish roots. An appendix further explores the reasons behind the rift between the Jesus movement and the synagogue. This fascinating volume is suitable for historical Jesus and early church studies, along with anyone else interested in learning about the very first followers of Jesus.
The One Source You Can Count On for Facts About the Last Days "You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected" Matthew 24:44. There is no shortage of writings about the last days-often full of speculation and sensationalism. Where can we go for information we can trust? Join Bible scholar Ron Rhodes for an in-depth look at what we know to be certain about the last days-based on key teachings directly from Jesus. You'll learn what the Lord Himself said about the rapture, the tribulation period, the second coming, the future judgment, the millennial kingdom, and more. So-are you ready for what is to come? Enjoy a fascinating survey of the end times through the words of Jesus Himself, and gain the very best of what you can know about God's plan for the future.
As iemand vir jou vra: “Wat glo jy?” kan jy die kern van wat ons glo as antwoord gee? Vrae omtrent die Bybel, geloof en die kerk is nooit maklik nie. Sommige vrae lyk eenvoudig en ander kan jy sommer sien, gaan ure se kopkrap meebring! Chris van Wyk het kort en kragtige antwoorde geformuleer op vrae soos: "Wat is die Drie-eenheid?" "Wat verwag God van jou in sy wet?" "Waarom moet my Verlosser waarlik mens en waarlik God wees?" "Watter hoop hou die ewige lewe vir my in?" Die resultaat was Wie is God? Hierdie kompakte gids bevat 52 geloofsvrae soos hierdie vir gelowiges. Die Apostoliese Geloofsbelydenis, die Geloofs¬belydenis van Nicea, die Geloofsbelydenis van Athanasius, die Heidelbergse Kategismus en die Westminster Geloofsbelydenis dien as basis vir die kernantwoorde in Wie is God?
Ons almal het ’n vriend nodig op wie ons kan vertrou, en Jesus is die beste vriend ooit. Jong seuns het baie rolmodelle waarna hulle opkyk: sportsterre, sangers, akteurs en ander volwassenes. Maar die beste rolmodel wat is Jesus – die held wat ook ons beste Vriend is. In sy boek Jesus – die beste vriend ooit ondersoek Jim George 10 maniere waarop ampertiener-seuns elke dag soos Jesus kan leef, en leer hulle belangrike karaktereienskappe soos: Selfvertroue om te wees wie hulle is; Moed om die regte keuses te maak; Dissipline om take te voltooi; Geloof dat die lewe reg sal verloop; Fokus om hulle doelwitte te bereik. In Jesus – die beste vriend ooit sal seuns met behulp van eenvoudige selfstudie-vrae ontdek hoe Jesus hierdie karaktertrekke elke dag in sy aardse lewe uitgeleef het en hoe hulle dit ook in hul eie lewe kan doen. Hulle sal leer om seuns te word waarna ander opkyk en seuns wat vir ander die pad na Jesus se liefde en vriendskap wys.
Discover the glory of God’s grace afresh every day. It often happens that Christians get caught up in the struggles and responsibilities of everyday life. They become blind to all the gifts and blessings they receive from God every day. When readers take a moment to become quiet in His presence, an awareness of the magnitude of God’s glory and grace begins to transpire in their lives. What could be more wonderful than discovering God’s greatest gift to all – new life in Christ Jesus! The Glory of God’s Grace prompts readers to examine their lives through Jesus’ eyes and recognize the loving hand of the Lord therein as they meditate on the 366 inspiring devotions. Each devotion will help the reader to discover the glory of God’s grace afresh every day.
What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In the sequel to `The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail' Michael Baigent reveals the truth and tackles controversial questions, such as whether or not Christ survived the crucifixion. Twenty years ago Michael Baigent and his colleagues stunned the world with a controversial theory that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene married and founded a holy bloodline. His bestselling book `The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail' (with co-authors Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh) became an international publishing phenomenon and was one of the sources for Dan Brown's novel `The Da Vinci Code'. Now, with two additional decades of research behind him, Baigent's `The Jesus Papers' presents explosive new evidence that challenges everything we know about the life and death of Jesus. * Who could have aided and abetted Jesus and why? * Where could Jesus have gone after the crucifixion? * What is the truth behind the creation of the New Testament? * Who is working to keep the truth buried and why? Taking us back to sites that over the last twenty years he has meticulously explored, studied, and in some instances excavated for the first time, Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries, including many never-before-seen photos.
In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil. But as Peter points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? 'You'll have to decide,' as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, 'Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side'. An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolises continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal and the problem of evil. Judas: the ultimate traitor, or the ultimate scapegoat? This is a compelling portrait of Christianity's most troubling and mysterious character.
To most people, the most engaging and accessible part of The Urantia Book is Part IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus. Encompassing the final third of the book, it is a panoramic and masterfully crafted narrative detailing thirty-six years of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. This illustrated collection of forty-two parables of Jesus is drawn entirely from The Urantia Book. It is presented in a beautifully designed layout and illustrated with modern photographic compositions and classic works of art. It is sure to become a favorite volume for those seeking to better understand and benefit from Jesus' teachings. Jesus was a teacher who taught as the occasion served; he was not a systematic teacher. Jesus taught not so much from the law as from life, by parables. This was especially true during the last year of his public ministry as the parable allowed him to present new and startling truths to those who desired to know the better way while at the same time affording his enemies less opportunity to find cause for offense and for accusations against him. These parables represent a mighty storehouse of moral and spiritual teachings which have come down through the ages unblemished by the doctrines and dogmas of men. They are, quite simply, a pearl of great price.
"Jesus Christ entered into the history of our world. Christianity, therefore, has historical basis. The backbone of history is chronology. Whereas history is a systematic account of events in relation to a nation, institution, science, or art; chronology is a science of time. It seeks to establish and arrange the dates of past events in their proper sequence. Thus chronology serves as a necessary framework upon which the events of history must be fitted. In this book (the author) attempts to establish certain fixed dates in our Lord's life." - Dr. Harold W. Hoehner. Dr. Hoehner has gathered a vast amount of data, both from Scripture and extrabiblical sources, to support his conclusions concerning key dates in the life of our Lord, among them: - The Date of Christ's Birth - The Commencement of Christ's Ministry - The Duration of Christ's Ministry - The Year of Christ's Crucifixion He carefully documents his position and compares the date available--including a study of Greek words, Roman law, and Jewish customs and prophecy.
WOMEN'S STUDIES / CREATION SPIRITUALITY "Margaret Starbird's work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history." DAN BROWN, author of The Da Vinci Code "Margaret Starbird is a seeker after truth. She seeks to recover the long-suppressed, and not infrequently emotionally opposed, feminine side of the Christian story. Hers is an exciting narrative probing regions of thought long neglected. Magdalen, the Great Mary, emerges with new power."JOHN SHELBY SPONG, Episcopal bishop and author of Born of a Woman "This fascinating and courageous narrative takes a fresh look at the true meaning of the Holy Grail and the defeminization of the early church and comes up with some shocking revelations that may change the way one perceives Christianity forever." Nexus Magazine Margaret Starbird's theological beliefs were profoundly shaken when she read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a book that dared to suggest that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalen and that their descendants carried on his holy bloodline in Western Europe. Shocked by such heresy, this Roman Catholic scholar set out to refute it, but instead found new and compelling evidence for the existence of the bride of Jesus--the same enigmatic woman who anointed him with precious unguent from her "alabaster jar." In this provocative book, Starbird draws her conclusions from an extensive study of history, heraldry, symbolism, medieval art, mythology, psychology, and the Bible itself. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar is a quest for the forgottenfeminine--in the hope that its return will help restore a healthy balance to planet Earth. MARGARET STARBIRD is the author of The Goddess in the Gospels, Magdalene's Lost Legacy, and Mary Magdalene: Bride in Exile. She lives near Seattle, Washington.
RELIGION / CHRISTIAN STUDIESIncludes 60-minute CD of the author's lecture "Mary Magdalene, Bride and Beloved" in which she discusses historical and scriptural evidence for the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene."Margaret Starbird's work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history." DAN BROWN, author of The Da Vinci Code "In this book Margaret Starbird continues her crusade to reestablish the holiness of the feminine, which has been so cruelly stolen by 'orthodox' Christian leaders over the centuries. By doing so she also helps to reestablish the humanity of Jesus." JOHN SHELBY SPONG, author of The Sins of Scripture The controversy surrounding Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus has gained widespread international interest since the publication of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, which specifically cites Starbird's earlier works as a significant source. In Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile Starbird examines the many faces of Mary Magdalene, from the historical woman who walked with Jesus in the villages of Judaea to the mythic and symbolic Magdalene who is the archetype of the Sacred Feminine. Starbird reveals exciting new information about the woman who was the most intimate companion of Jesus--a woman who, for years, has been conflated with the gospels' other Marys--and offers historical evidence that Mary was indeed Jesus' forgotten bride. Expanding on the rich discussion of medieval art and lore introduced in her bestselling book The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Starbird sifts through the layers of misidentification under which the story of the lost bride of Christ has been buried to reveal the slandered woman and the "exiled" feminine principle. She establishes the identity of the female disciple who was the first to witness Jesus' resurrection and provides an interpretation of Mary's true role based on prophecy from the Hebrew Scriptures and the testimony of the canonical gospels of Christianity. MARGARET STARBIRD is the author of the bestselling The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, The Goddess in the Gospels, and Magdalene's Lost Legacy. She lives near Seattle, Washington.
A meditation on the sufferings of Jesus. Never has there been spiritual reading as powerful as What Jesus Saw from the Cross, the book that will intensify your love of Jesus by burning the events of His Passion into your memory and imagination. Written by Rev. A. G. Sertillanges, this acclaimed devotional classic gives you vivid and dramatic details not included in the Gospel.
This Lent explore six different aspects of Christ's character, and see from a fresh perspective who He really is and the eternal impact that He left on the world.These six Bible study sessions look at Jesus as the builder; the humble King; the holy King; the harvester; the risen King and the commissioner who sends His people out into the world with the message of His love. In her conversational and thought-provoking style, Anne Calver invites us to reacquaint ourselves with the awesome person of Jesus, and be reminded of the call on our lives to follow Him. Ideal for both group and individual use, each session contains: Icebreaker Opening and closing prayers Bible readings Contextual background and application to 'set the scene' A brief study on each aspect of Jesus' character Discussion starters Points for further reflection This guide also contains leader's notes offering further information on leading each session.
Now these historic stations--with their richly biblical approach--have been adapted for public and private use by bestselling author Father Joseph M. Champlin. Each station features a short reading from one o the gospel passion narratives, a brief reflection, and a prayer response adapted from selected Psalms. Especially suited for Lenten reflection, this faith resource can be a year round source of inspiration. Also ideal for prayer groups!
Learn the answers to some of your most pressing questions about Christianity in bestselling author Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. This 64-page booklet is filled with short, easy-to-understand questions and answers about important faith issues. Lee Strobel was an atheist when he began his career as a journalist. Through his journalistic research, he became convinced that Jesus is real, and Strobel has written numerous bestselling books on his findings, including The Case for Christ, The Case for a Creator,and The Case for Faith. A movie, The Case for Christ, is being made of his life story. This movie tie-in booklet hits the highlights of The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and will pique your interest as you read through some of the most pressing questions-and unbelievable answers-of the Christian faith.
When Lorraine Gibbard became a Christian, she could not imagine the tumultuous journey that awaited her. A sudden onset of mental illness shattered her successful life and left her feeling lost in a foreign land. Clinging to her new-found faith, she set out on the long journey of recovery. Growing daily in trust and dependence on God, Lorraine began to see how compassionately Jesus viewed those suffering mental distress. As she learnt about prayer and healing, and the nature of God's Kingdom, she was inspired to set up the Mental Health Fellowship. Supporting individuals and their carers for thirteen years, the fellowship demonstrated how mental health services and the church could work together to transform lives. Join Lorraine in discovering Jesus' compassion towards the mentally ill and learn how to offer practical and spiritual support.
Jesus Christ has made an indelible mark on human history and he continues to do so through his followers. Yet many people do not realise that the values western democracies are built on originate in the life and teaching of Jesus. This is the discussion guide that can be used alongside Jesus the Game Changer DVD. In the DVD series host Karl Faase travels to the UK, USA, India, Singapore and Australia interviewing over thirty authors, academics and modern-day game changers about how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world and why it matters. The discussion guide follows the sessions in the DVD: 1. Jesus 2. Equality 3. Forgiveness 4. Women & Children 5. Democracy 6. Care 7. Leadership 8. Education & Health 9. Wealth 10. Reason & Science
Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?
Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields.
Strobel challenges them with questions like, How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?
Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and twice nominated for the Christian Book of the Year Award, Strobel s tough, point-blank questions read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it s not fiction. It s a riveting quest for the truth about history s most compelling figure.
The new edition includes scores of revisions and additions, including updated material on archaeological and manuscript discoveries, fresh recommendations for further study, and an interview with the author that tells dramatic stories about the book's impact, provides behind-the-scenes information, and responds to critiques of the book by skeptics. As The Case for Christ and its ancillary resources approach 10 million copies in print, this updated edition will prove even more valuable to contemporary readers.
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