SIXTH HOUR (JOHN 19:14) OR THIRD HOUR (MARK 15:25)? An Intractable Discrepancy Solved
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Skeptics bring many charges of contradictions against the Bible. Most of them are trivial and easily answered. Others require more careful analysis, and there are a few that seem to stump Evangelicals, who seem unable to come up with a convincing answer. One of these latter is the apparent contradiction between Mark and John regarding the time of day at which …
WHAT WAS THE COLOUR OF THE ROBE PUT ON JESUS? An Easy Solution to an Alleged Contradiction
© 2022, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Problem In Matthew 27:27-28, we read, 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. On the other hand, in John 19 we read, 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of …
DOES MARK CONTRADICT MATTHEW ON THE CURSING OF THE FIG TREE?
© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Problem One alleged contradiction in the Gospel books that skeptics point to is the difference in Matthew’s and Mark’s accounts of Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree. The accounts are as follows: MATTHEW 21:10-22 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth …
THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied against the Trustworthiness of the Bible
The Bible has come under attack by liberal scholars using three main weapons: historical criticism, textual criticism, and Darwinism. The acceptance by evangelical scholars of the liberal paradigm assumptions has led to an erosion of belief in inerrancy and undermines the case for Christianity.
WHY THERE IS AN ERROR IN MARK 1:2 IN YOUR BIBLE: Another Example of the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible
The original reading of Mark 1:2 is not “in Isaiah the prophet”, which is an error that evangelical scholars who accept Griesbach’s canons unsuccessfully try to dodge. The reading “in the prophets” is found in the overwhelming majority of manuscripts and the earliest and best material, including the writings of Irenaeus.
THE MUSTARD SEED REVISITED: A Look at a Critical Review
Our solution to the problem that Jesus supposedly erred in calling the mustard seed the smallest of all seeds is that γῆ means a “limited area of ground for agricultural use”, which is an attested meaning. Brad Cooper argues that σπέρμα here means “agricultural seed,” but this is not an attested meaning.
DID JESUS ERR ABOUT THE SIZE OF MUSTARD SEEDS? A Case Study in How to Do Serious Evangelical Apologetics
In Mark 4:31, Jesus apparently makes a scientific error by asserting that the mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds. But in the original Greek, He did not say that. He said that a mustard seed, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground, not smaller than all seeds on earth.
EVIDENCE OF DIVINE AUTHORSHIP IN THE BIBLE: Job 26
An example of advanced scientific knowledge in the Bible is in Job 26, which states in verse 7, “He hangs the earth on nothing.” Job’s contemporaries all thought the earth must be resting on something. The “pillars of heaven” in verse 11 may refer to gas pillars such as the Cone Nebula or in the Eagle Nebula.