Did the Risen Jesus Appear in “Another Form” or Not?

All four New Testament gospels tell about Jesus being crucified, dying on the cross, being entombed, and then rising from the dead on the third day. (The expression, "after three days," in Mark is a Semitic idiom meaning "third day" in other synoptics). Then all four of these gospels relate various narratives about the risen Jesus appearing to his disciples the following days. He conversed with them, ate and drank with them, and they even literally touched him. Ghosts can't eat and drink or be … [Read more...]

The Film “Risen” Is Wrong about Where Jesus Ascended to Heaven

Hollywood has produced over a hundred films about Jesus. Oftentimes, the screenwriter(s) depend mostly on the New Testament accounts about Jesus or only one of its four gospels. And when they do, they often don't know much about the New Testament or employ New Testament scholars as consultants. The result is that the film often presents some material about Jesus that conflicts with the New Testament. And I'm not referring to material included in the film which is fictional, some of which is … [Read more...]

Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace Are Making a Film on Jesus’ Resurrection

Mel Gibson is in the news about a recent interview with Glenn Beck, Gibson’s attitude toward Jewish people, his blockbuster 2004 movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” and his admission he is working on a sequel with Randall Wallace that will be about Jesus’ resurrection.First, last Friday Glenn Beck, former Fox News political pundit, posted on his website that he interviewed Mel Gibson for 90 minutes a few days ago while they were attending the Venice Film Festival. (Gibson got a 10-minute stan … [Read more...]

No “Jesus Is God” in the Acts of the Apostles

If you want to know what the first Christians believed about God and Jesus, check out The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament of the Bible. Most Christians think the most important thing to believe about Jesus is that he was and is God. In fact, since the fourth century the church has said that if a person does not believe Jesus is God, he or she is not a genuine Christian. But the book of Acts doesn't say that.For twenty-two years I believed in the church doctrine of the Trinity, thus … [Read more...]

Were Jesus’s Resurrection Appearances Visions?

Many contemporary New Testament (NT) scholars claim that the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus narrated in the four NT gospels were "visions." We're talking about the forty-day period between Jesus' resurrection from the dead and his heavenly ascension (Acts 1.3, 9). Are these scholars right about this?My first book, The Gospels Interwoven (1987, 415 pp.), is in two parts: (1) a composite harmony of the four NT gospels in the NIV, and (2) 130 questions and answers about the primary … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Rise on the “Third Day” or after “Three Days”?

(The following is an excerpt from my book, The Third Day Bible Code, but without footnotes. Gr.=Greek)Christian tradition has always been that Jesus was crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday, so that he arose from the dead on the third day. But strangely, the New Testament (NT) never states categorically what day Jesus was crucified and died. It does say both events occurred on the same day and that Jesus was raised from the dead early the following Sunday morning. This NT omission … [Read more...]

The Shroud of Turin Is Not Jesus’ Burial Cloths

Tonight, CNN presented a one hour television documentary special entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery." I thought this title was inappropriate because the entire episode was about whether or not the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus. Thus, the title should have had "Shroud of Turin" in it or the like. CNN did some advertising of this special, so I think they were a bit deceptive about whole thing. They interviewed some scholars, including Ben Witherington III who is a friend … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book, How Jesus Became God–Part 2 of 3

(All scriptures are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.)The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus; without it, there never would have been any Christianity. Many historians have made this claim. Dr. Bart Ehrman believes it and so do I. He says (p. 174), “This is how Christianity started. If no one had thought Jesus had been raised, he would have been lost in the midst of Jewish antiquity and would be known today only as another failed Jewish prophet.”But as I stated in … [Read more...]