Tag: apocrypha

The Acts of Paul and Thecla

The Acts of the Apostles details some acts of some of the Apostles; ever since it was written there has been an audience for additional stories about the exploits of the Apostles. Later Christians, motivatedContinue reading

The Book of Jubilees

The Genesis author is famous for his economy in writing: he only tells the stories and details he wishes to tell according to his purposes. The people of God have been left with a hostContinue reading

4 Ezra

The severity of the blow of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE to Israel is hard to overstate. How could YHWH have yet again delivered His people over to their enemies?Continue reading

The Acts of Peter

In Acts of the Apostles Luke told the story the way the Holy Spirit intended for him to relate it. It therefore focuses on the specific acts of some of the Apostles over a specificContinue reading

The Bible as Evidence

The Christian faith is founded upon the belief that YHWH, God of Israel, is the Creator of the universe, and that He has fully made known His character and purposes through His Son, Jesus ofContinue reading

2 Maccabees

The story of the Maccabean revolt and the tyranny of Antiochus IV Epiphanes that prompted it is told in some detail in the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees. Many details, however, were left untold. ManyContinue reading

The Didache

According to the most sensible view of the evidence, the New Testament was written mostly in the last half of the first century by the Apostles and their close associates. Many books, letters, and treatisesContinue reading

1 Maccabees and the Hasmonean Kingdom

The “king of the north,” a terrible beast, oppressed Israel; he was the abomination that made the Temple desolate. Some Israelites had risen up against him, and against all odds, had successfully removed the yokeContinue reading