Did Jesus Ask God to Forgive Those Who Killed Him?

When Jesus hung on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23.34 NRSV). Nearly all Christians have believed that Jesus herein was asking God to forgive everyone involved in his condemnation and execution, thus regardless of any admission of guilt, and some would add Judas in his betrayal of Jesus.According to the four New Testament gospels, these words of Jesus are the first of seven brief sayings he made while hanging on the cross. This par … [Read more...]

Was Jesus Original in Telling Nicodemus To Be “Born Again”?

During the time of Jesus, the Sanhedrin ruled the religious life in Israel. It was a council of seventy members. They consisted of Sadducees, Pharisees, chief priests, and elders. One of the chief priests was the high priest who presided.One of the members of the Sanhedrin was Nicodemus. For the Fourth Evangelist tells us, "Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews" (John 3.1 ESV). The last phrase likely indicates that Nicodemus was also a member of the … [Read more...]


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