Can Jesus’ Empty Tomb Accounts Be Reconciled?

The four Gospels detail the women’s discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb in slightly different ways, which to some are difficult to reconcile. The intention of this blog is to offer one  possible reconciliation. There may be more. Mark “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that …

Internal Evidence for John, the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved & Gospel Author

Who wrote the Gospel according to John? Many scholars believe the author is John, the brother of James and son of Zebedee, who was a fisherman who initially encountered Jesus in Matthew 4:21-22. Significant internal evidence supports this assertion. This intention of this blog is to provide this evidence, which should help to refute faulty …

When and By Whom Were the Gospels Written?

Skeptics often call into question the dating of the Gospels, making the claim that they were written by “anonymous” authors “decades” or even “centuries” after Jesus was crucified. Yet we have much evidence to discount such assertions. Anonymous authors The names of the Gospels to whom the Gospels are attributed include two apostles (Matthew and …

Are the Synoptics in Conflict with John on Jesus’ Crucifixion Timing? No! Sorry Bart Ehrman…

I recently listened to a debate between Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona where Ehrman claimed the Synoptic Gospels contradict the Gospel of John on the timing of Jesus' crucifixion. He is incorrect, so below I have explained why. I have also made this response into a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-DWEwfb_Q0&t=51s. It was a dark day when Jesus …

Bart Ehrman’s Blunders in His Debate with Mike Licona

I listened to a debate between Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona where Ehrman cited what he considered to be Bible contradictions and in several cases, Licona seemed to agree with him. Both questioned the dating of Quirinius' census, which is reported in Luke's gospel. Licona did say that scholars have offered some solutions, yet he …

Bart Ehrman’s Biblical Blunders on “Unbelievable” with Justin Brierley

On October 25, 2019, I listened to Peter Williams and Bart Ehrman on a podcast on the “Unbelievable” YouTube channel of Jason Brierley entitled “The Story of Jesus: Are the Gospels Historically Reliable?” I found the podcast interesting, yet noted numerous contradictions within Ehrman’s own assertions. You can access the podcast here: https://youtu.be/ZuZPPGvF_2I Access my …

Did the Author of Mark NOT Believe in Jesus’ Divinity?

The original version of the Gospel of Mark may have ended at Mark 16:8. This point is not disputed by Christians as multiple versions in English of Mark’s Gospel explicitly state that the earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9-20. Atheists use this point to claim the author of Mark …

A Rebuttal to Bart Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus”

Bart Ehrman’s book “Misquoting Jesus” has been a New York Times bestseller since its publication in 2005, which William Lane Craig has indicated has caused enormous doubt within the lay Christian community about whether our New Testament should be considered valid. The intention of the present article is to offer an overview of several key …