The Bible Geek Podcast 19-010

Released Monday, 11th March 2019
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In Luke baby Jesus is presented at the Temple 40 days after Jesus's birth.How do apologists handle this contradiction, as compared to the events described in Matthew (the flight to Egypt)? After all, the holy family could not both flee to Egypt and present at the Temple 40 days later.

Does the author of John identifies himself in John 21:24?

The idea of a dying Messiah appears to have gained popularity during the 2nd century A.D. particularly since the death of Simeon Bar Kokhba. Therefore, why is it impossible that the idea a dying Messiah actually came in earlier than the 2nd centuary A.D, say, 50 years earlier with the new cult of Christianity?

I know that the supposed OT "prophecies" were never intended to be about Jesus or the Messiah at all. But, as you can easily use them in a Messianic way (like Early Christians did), why can’t they have made the entire thing up?

Is it possible that the entire Jospehus passage on Jesus was a interpolation by Christian scribes, and could the same be true of Tacitus?

Isn’t “Do you believe in God?” a loaded question? Better to say “do you believe in any gods?”

Exactly what kinds of “morals” are actually set out in the Bible (stoning to death, massacres, collecting heaps of foreskins as a dowry, and so on)?  

Aren’t those who say “but without heaven and hell what’s to stop you from (raping and pillaging and murdering) implying that’s what they’d be busy doing if they didn’t believe?

Have you read Asimov’s Guide to the Bible and what do you think of it?

What non-canon books do you think are most interesting/worth reading?

What would you suggest as the simplest and most potent way to explain why one doesn’t believe there was a historical Jesus?

What would be perhaps the top 3 “must read” for people interested in Higher Criticism?

In Matthew 8:5-13, the story of healing the centurion's leprous servant, how does the centurion show the faith that apparently amazes Jesus so that he says "I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith"? All he did was ask for healing. And what was the content of that faith? Not faith in the Pauline gospel certainly!

What does Jesus mean by "follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead"?

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