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This alleged Bible contradiction took some time to write.  I had to sleep on it and do more research to respond to it.

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: When (at what time of day) was Jesus crucified?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

At the third hour

It was the third hour when they crucified Him.” (Mark 15:25)

Sometime after the sixth hour

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” 15 So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate *said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”16 So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified.” (John 19:14-16)

(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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This is a late post today since I’ve been chasing all kinds of details researching for a post refuting an alleged Bible contradiction all night but I realize I had to go to sleep.  It’s a more difficult one and I had to sleep on it, even dream about doing Greek translation!  I’m still not done but Lord willing I will post it tommorow.  But that goe me thinking about appreciating other apologists who produce volumes of materials in defense of the faith.

For those interested in apologetics in defense of the faith concerning Islam, the Old Testament, Messianic prophecies and the Trinity, Sam Shamoun is someone you should remember.  He’s written quite a lot of materials on these subjects over the years and they are free.  He’s also engage in debates that you can find online such as Youtube and we have featured some of his debates as resources on our blog in the past.  He’s an apologist worth financially supporting by the way which you can do here.

Here’s a series of posts Sam has written concerning the question “Is Jesus God’s Servant or Son?”  Enjoy the links below!

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Darrell Bock and Mitch Glaser. Messiah in the Passover.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, May 12th 2017. 384 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Kregel Amazon

Have you ever wondered about how the Jewish Passover anticipate the Messiah?  Or perhaps you might wonder what is the connection between the Passover and the Lord’s Supper?  Or maybe you realized you simply don’t know anything about the Jewish Passover and you want to learn more about it and wonder what might be an available resource to learn more?  If so this is the book for you.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Ephesians 5:2.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 2 καὶ περιπατεῖτε ἐν ἀγάπῃ
And walk in love

SUB-POINT καθὼς ‹+ καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς +› ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς
just as Christ also love us

SUB-POINT καὶ παρέδωκεν ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν προσφορὰν καὶ θυσίαν τῷ θεῷ εἰς
and gave Himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God for

ὀσμὴν εὐωδίας”
fragrant aroma

Here are some observations:

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Earlier this week I wrote a post titled “

I thought I make a quick meme that summarizes the problem with the skeptics’ reasoning:

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Erik.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Erik for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by [k]Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” 23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but [l]he is finished! 27 But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

-Mark 3:22-27 from the NASB

It was an often occurrence that Jesus would have to address the lies and evil accusations of the scribes and Pharisees. Here, scribes travel all the way from Jerusalem, to Capernaum, around a 150 km journey (approximately a 3-5 days journey by foot!) This was a habitual pattern of the scribes of the day to judge the cities Jesus taught (Matthew 15:1-20, John 7:19-24, John 10:19-20). They would declare them as seduced city, if they believed in any other doctrine other than their own. This is far from the case seeing Capernaum’s response to Jesus, and Jesus’ condemnation of them. (Matthew 11:23-24, Luke 4:14-37)

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Alf.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Alf for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  He blogs here and here and tweets here.)

If you were going to spend a year alone on a desert island, and you could take only one book (along with the Bible) with you – what would it be? I’m sure many have contemplated this conundrum. For example, one Reformed Scholar (Derek Thomas) from Banner of Truth regards John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress as his most important book, second to the Bible

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