New Testament Archive

Is the New Testament anti-Semitic?

Liberal scholars today are forwarding the notion that the canonization of the New Testament was driven by anti–Semitic motives. In fact, it has become increasingly popular to assert that the story of Judas’s betrayal of Christ was invented because “Judas” allegedly meant “Jew.” In reality, anti–Semitism had nothing to do with the canonization of the […]

Is the New Testament canon authoritative or authoritarian?

Recently the Bible has come under attack by liberal scholars who claim that the New Testament canon was determined by the winners of a supposed struggle for dominance in the early centuries of Christianity. As the following evidence reveals, however, the canon is not arbitrary or authoritarian, but divinely authoritative. First, the entire New Testament […]

Was Jesus really in the grave for three days and three nights?

Jesus specifically tells us, “As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). The Gospels also tell us that Jesus died on the day before the Sabbath––Friday––and rose on […]

Do the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke contradict one another?

At first blush the genealogies of Matthew and Luke appear to be contradictory. In reality the genealogies are ingeniously constructed to highlight different aspects of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Matthew, writing to a primarily Jewish audience, emphasizes that Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham and the legal heir of David, the […]

Do the Gospel accounts contradict one another?

During a prime-time television special titled The Search for Jesus, Peter Jennings asserted that according to some scholars, “the New Testament has four different and sometimes contradictory versions of Jesus’ life.” The Jesus Seminar scholars Jennings referenced, however, are famous for an idiosyncratic brand of fundamentalism that supplants reason and evidential substance with rhetoric and […]

Did Jesus make a crucial historical blunder in the Gospel of Mark?

One of the reasons cited by famed New Testament scholar and best-selling author Bart Ehrman for his transition from fundamentalist Christian to fundamentalist agnostic is that the gospel of Mark is riddled with factual and historical errors. A prominent example is that David and his men ate the showbread “when Abiathar was the high priest.” […]

Were Mark and Messiah mistaken about mustard seeds?

A tired old canard making the rounds these days is that the gospel of Mark and the God-man Messiah were both mistaken about the size of mustard seeds. The argument is typically framed as follows: Orchid seeds are smaller than mustard seeds. Thus when Mark records Messiah as saying that a mustard seed is the […]

Must women be silent in church?

The following words by the apostle Paul are frequently used to denigrate the Bible as sexist—“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived […]

Can a woman be saved through childbearing?

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul says that “women will be saved through childbearing” (2:15). If this is the case, there must be more than one way to be saved. First, in the Jewish culture of Paul’s day, it was believed that if women died in childbirth it was a direct punishment for Eve’s […]

Can an unbeliever be saved by marrying a believer?

In his first letter to the Corinthian Christians, Paul says “the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her husband” (7:14). Does this mean that unbelievers are saved by virtue of being married to believers? First, if unbelievers can be saved through marriage, there would be […]