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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 4:00 p.m. MDT

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layton, UT

Jesus fulfills the meanings of the Jewish feasts.

1. Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2. First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah's resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15:20 as the "first fruits from the dead."

3. Weeks or Pentecost (Lev 23:16) – Fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's great sermon and his first proclamation of the gospel. 3of7



Reza Aslan’s dissertation adviser, Prof. Mark Juergensmayer, weighed in:

Since i was Reza’s thesis adviser at the Univ of California-Santa Barbara, I can testify that he is a religious studies scholar. (I am a sociologist of religion with a position in sociology and an affiliation with religious studies). Though Reza’s PhD is in sociology most of his graduate course work at UCSB was in the history of religion in the dept of religious studies. Though none of his 4 degrees are in history as such, he is a “historian of religion” in the way that that term is used at the Univ of Chicago to cover the field of comparative religion; and his theology degree at Harvard covered Bible and Church history, and required him to master New Testament Greek. So in short, he is who he says he is.

Hank Pym

re: RanchHand

[My "eternal welfare" is going to be based more on how I live my life, how I treat others, etc. than what I 'believe' or which god I choose to follow (or not follow).]

Agreed. Its what we do not what we think we should know.

As for the books premise, Judas's betrayal was allegedly part of 'the plan' and there is a good chance he was zealot/nationalist. What better way to promote a cause than through martyrdom? There is an analogy that fits perfectly but this would NEVER get posted if I entered it.

Salt Lake City, UT


"However one day you will pass through the veil of death ...as will I ... and we will then SEE for ourselves what truth really is."

Or not.

"What a pitiful waste of life to not at least do an honest investigation into Jesus Christ especially since your eternal welfare may depend on it ...and it does!"

Or not.

"One day you will look back and wish you hadn't wasted the days of your probation. That my friend isn't a matter of if but is a matter of when."

Or not.

You do realize don't you that just saying these sort of things don't necessarily make them true? Just believing or hoping they are true doesn't necessarily make it so. You realize that, don't you? No, I guess probably not.

In that case let me say, What a pitiful waste of life to not at least do an honest investigation into Zeus especially since your eternal welfare may depend on it ...and it does!

layton, UT

RE:Truthseeker … Reza’s, master of the New Testament Greek.

Is the New Testament Reliable? Even Bart Ehrman Says Yes.

The position I argue for in ‘Misquoting Jesus’ does not actually stand at odds with Prof. Metzger’s position that the “essential Christian beliefs are not affected by textual variants in the manuscript tradition of the New Testament”.

Bruce Metzger is one of the great scholars of modern times, and I dedicated the book to him because he was both my inspiration for going into textual criticism and the person who trained me in the field. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. And even though we may disagree on important religious questions – he is a firmly committed Christian and I am not – we are in complete agreement on a number of very important historical and textual questions. If he and I were put in a room and asked to hammer out a consensus statement on what we think the original text of the New Testament probably looked like, there would be very few points of disagreement – maybe one or two dozen places out of many thousands.


The author and his Zeolot book are simply " the philosophies of men, mingled with scriptures".

Tyler Ray
Taylorsville, UT

This guy's twitter account is chalk full of obscenities, insults, cursings, bigoted statements, etc that he's made. Anyone who uses such language in everyday life loses credibility as an author and historian and frankly an honorable Muslim.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

"Either Jesus is who He said he is, the Son of God, or the grandest of all hoaxes."

First of all, there is ample evidence that the appellation "son of god" was an idiom in its contemporary vernacular that did not mean what we moderns take it to mean. Moreover, it was applied to multiple people, not just Jesus (of Nazareth?).

As such, the same pseudo-logic can be applied to countless "sons/daughters of god", prophets, seers, revelators, spiritualists, occultists, and the like: Zoroaster, Moses, Isaiah, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Swedenborg, Mary Baker Eddy, Gandhi, and numerous others, including David Koresh, Jim Jones, and many other infamous personalities.

Since the affirmation that Jesus is "the Christ" logically eliminates the veracity of all other claims made by all other religious/spiritual leaders, it means their claims are "hoaxes" (false), according to the Christian believer.

Others argue that so many people being duped by a hoax for so many centuries is so unlikely, we must conclude that Christianity is probably true.

But if Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc can be "hoaxes" with more followers and longer histories than Christianity, then why can't Christianity "probably" be a hoax as well?

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm not sure why people who tend to be so adamant about what Islam teaches are so annoyed with a Muslim giving his view of Christ.

Dan Maloy
Enid, OK

The line between the righteous and the non-righteous is widening with ever-increasing speed.

I, for one, tire of the fools who deride common sense and decency and will be glad when we are free of them.

And, yes, you know who you are...

Is that a Christ-like attitude? No, I admit it is not. However, the Savior will not endlessly ignore the pain and agony the disobedient and wicked among us cause.

The only difference I can see is that Christ is more patient than I am. He waits until His Father says "go" whereas I'm ready for it now.

Anybody else out there ready for it, too?....

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