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This is a quick post making an announcement that Lord willing beginning on Palm Sunday we will have a series of posts addressing the critics who attack the Bible in regards to the last week of Jesus.

If the Lord leads you, please pray for this series.  It’s this time of the year you see a lot of liberal mainstream media outlets attack Jesus and Christianity and I thought it would be a good opportunity to advance the cause of Christ.

Also I desire the to also have a devotional flavor as well so its not just cut and dry apologetics.

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Here’s a light weekend reading that serves as a break from heavy theological reading.

Garth Ennis.  The Shadow, Volume 1: The Fire of Creation.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, November 20th, 2012.  176 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Last week I read and reviewed The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights and I found the character “The Shadow” facinating.  Apparently in the 1930s the Shadow and Green Hornet were popular pulp heroes and have their own radio shows which I have only learned about recently.  The publisher has brought back these pulp heroes and have done a good job getting writers and illustrators to deliver to readers these wonderful graphic novels about them.  This work which is volume one on “The Shadow” was a fun and delightful read.

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I saw this online and thought I share this especially after my post a few days ago in which I suspect the skeptic intentionally made a mountain of an ant hill and deliberately not quoting Bible verses in full in order to claim there’s a Bible Contradiction.

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I’m really thankful to P&R Publishing for an advance electronic review copy of Andy Naselli’s new book “How to Understand and Apply the New Testament” which ships out tomorrow on March 31st.

I just started reading this book and I’m 15% into it.  While I still have a long way to go before I can write a thorough review I want to mention real quick that this book has exceeded my expectations thus far.  It looks like it is going to be a great work to learn how to best interpret the New Testament.

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Who buried Jesus?”

Here are three answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Joseph of Arimathaea

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:37)

Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. 45 And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. (Mark 15:43-46)

And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man 51 (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; 52 this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. (Luke 23:50-53)

Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body. 39 Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. (John 19:38-42)

The Jews and their rulers

For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. 28 And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. (Acts 13:27-29)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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GO TO PART 38

Point: Sometimes in an apologetics’ discussion people give self-refuting arguments.  That is, the argument they present against the Christian worldview is actually refuting against their own position as well.  In such instances it might be important to stress to the other individual that their argument goes against their own worldview.

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Fran Rodgers.  The Garden of GOD’S WORD.  Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Services LLC, August 2nd, 2016. 104 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I first knew of the author from her blog and bought this book because it interested me.  This book is about the Word of God and God’s work through His Word in our life.  I love how early in the first chapter Rodgers writes “When we come to God’s Word it must be our intentions first of all to find Him” (12).  What a great reminder that we should not take merely an academic approach to the Bible.  What follows is my review of the book.

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