In a previous blog post (Islam and the Crucifixion) I mentioned a book called The Gospel of Barnabas and how some Muslim apologists have used it to defend the Islamic view of Jesus. I pointed out that this so-called “gospel” is fraught with anachronisms, and there is virtually no evidence for its existence prior to medieval times. Since the publication of that post, I have received several...
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I received several recent e-mails from people asking for help answering the claim that Moses never existed but was simply copied from Babylonian mythology. Let’s take a look at the story of Moses’ birth so that we can better compare it to the ancient tale that critics say is the story’s true origin.
Moses vs. Sargon
According to the first chapter of Exodus, after Jacob and his family settled in Egypt they “grew and became prosperous.” Many years later a new...
A few days ago, a friend who is the busy pastor of a parish asked if I would take a look at a question that had come in from an inquirer through his parish's website. He hoped that I could take the time he did not have to research the answer and provide some resources for his inquirer. In a nutshell, this person wanted to know why Catholics affirm that believers could both be a part of the communion of saints and yet sin, since the apostle John said of believers:
In a recent post we looked at the question of how many apostles there were.
The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. In addition to the original Twelve apostles, there was also Matthias, who replaced Judas as one of the Twelve, and Paul, who was never a member of the twelve.
Are there any other apostles who weren’t members of the Twelve?
There is at least one who is easy to name...
There were twelve apostles, right?
Actually, it’s more complicated than that.
An initial complication is the fact that Judas Iscariot died and was replaced by Matthias (Acts 1:12-26).
You could look at that and say, “Okay, there were thirteen apostles, total, but only twelve at one time.”
What about Paul?
Some (at least some in the Protestant community) have suggested that, since the New Testament doesn’t record...