Gary Manning Jr

I am the Very Model of a Doctor of New Testament

By Gary Manning Jr May. 13, 2015 10:48 p.m. New Testament

I am the very model of a Doctor of New Testament,

I exegete pericopae in weather fine or inclement,

I know the difference between a codex and a Chester B,

and even if a manuscript is Byzantine or Westerly.

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New Claims Regarding the “Family of Jesus” Tomb

By Gary Manning Jr Apr. 13, 2015 8:43 p.m. New Testament

“Geologist claims Jesus was married… and had a SON: Expert says he has proof son of God was buried in 'family tomb' along with wife Mary and his brother” screams the headline. The sensational headline, along with the release date on Easter weekend, should be our first warning to take the announcement with a grain of salt.

To understand what these claims are, we need to go back to a (widely discredited) documentary, “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” released by documentarist Simcha Jacobovichi in 2007.

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Three Days and Three Nights

By Gary Manning Jr Apr. 1, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament

The message of Easter is much more important than its chronology. Still, people often ask me questions about chronology in the Gospels. In my earlier post, I answered questions related to the date of Easter and the apparent difference between the chronology found in John and in the Synoptic Gospels. Today, I answer a few questions related to the "three days and three nights."

 

 

 

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Chronology of Easter in John and the Synoptic Gospels

By Gary Manning Jr Mar. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament

The exact chronology of Easter is not the most important thing to think about during Easter week, but students often ask me questions about chronological issues in the Gospels. Here are two common questions:

What is the probable date of Jesus’ crucifixion?

In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus dies the day after Passover. But in John, it seems like he dies on the Passover. Can these be reconciled?

 

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Christmas in November?

By Gary Manning Jr Nov. 18, 2014 8:33 a.m. New Testament

Merry Christmas! Today, November 18, is Jesus' birthday, according to a few ancient sources.

A few years ago, I came across an interesting article about the date of Jesus' birth by Paul Meier, a prominent New Testament scholar. Here is a summary:

We celebrate Jesus' birthday on December 25, but it is quite unlikely that he was born on that day. That date was picked out in the fourth century, possibly as a replacement celebration for the winter solstice or other pagan holidays.

Paul Meier suggests a birthday in November. This is based on two pieces of data....

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Snatched Up For a Meeting

By Gary Manning Jr Oct. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament

The release of the movie Left Behind has again drawn attention to the Christian belief in the rapture. The movie tries to portray the chaos in the world as millions of Christians suddenly disappear. This image has interested Christians for quite a while. I recall watching the Thief in the Night series of movies back in the 1970s (the Antichrist had sideburns!). But I am interested in a question that is often overlooked: what is the point of the rapture in the Bible?

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The Parable of the Foolish Weightlifter

By Gary Manning Jr Feb. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Old Testament

1The teacher said, “Hear now the parable of the foolish weightlifter.  2A certain man wished to become stronger and to run and not grow weary. So he went to the gymnasium, paying the gymnasium-master three obols.a   3The man began lifting bars with weights upon them, first one talent,b then two. But he was not able to lift three talents. 4So the man said to himself, “Soul, your arms are very sore. You are not able to lift so many talents.”

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