Jesus Tag

Michael Barber over at the Sacred Page has brought up an old interpretive question of why Joseph, upon learning of Mary's pregnancy, wanted to "send Mary away quietly," not wanting to publicly shame her, asking whether Joseph actually thought the conception was the result of...

My historical Jesus course just finished going through the four canonical gospels in sequence (Mark, Matthew, Luke, John). I thought a couple of my students' observations on Luke (and its relationship to the other Synoptics) were especially noteworthy. First, as one of the (admittedly weaker) arguments...

Had some fun with my Historical Jesus course last night, asking my students (who had just finished reading Mark) to answer the following question: What exactly did Jesus preach? Eventually, one enterprising student rightly called attention to Mark 1:14–15, After John had been handed over, Jesus went...

*If new to this series, please see the introduction.* Matthew 5:27–28: Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη· οὐ μοιχεύσεις. ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ βλέπων γυναῖκα πρὸς τὸ ἐπιθυμῆσαι αὐτὴν ἤδη ἐμοίχευσεν αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ. "You heard it was said, 'Do not commit adultery,' but I...