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Father of four. Husband to one. I'm a teacher, writer and aspiring pastor who works by day as a humble corrections deputy.

I'm a graduate of Biola University and I am a former professor at Canby Bible College. I blog at logosmadeflesh.com. If you want to know more here are 25 random things about me.


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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
Why would Judas need to act like a friend? The kiss isn't a ruse. According to John, Judas brought a cohort of soldiers (600 men) and Jesus instantly recognizes the action for what it is. All that the gospels say is that the kiss was a signal to identify Jesus to the arresting soldiers. And that clearly did not require an act of friendship. The kiss is ironic/sarcastic. Very much in line with the irony in crucifixion. Judas is mocking Jesus. The question is why is he mocking him? The answer is found in Jesus' claim to be the Christ and the expected coronation of Jesus in Jerusalem.
Feb
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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
+1 Very true! A kiss of greeting was not unusual. But it's clearly strange for someone who is acting as enemy and not a friend. Judas could have pointed out Jesus or tapped him on the shoulder. Given the ironic coronation of Jesus' crucifixion in Mark and the many allusions to scripture, the fact that a kiss was chosen as a signal to betray Jesus appears to be far more significant than a simple greeting.
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asked Shema and Psalms 110: Is Mark making a case for Jesus' divinity?
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accepted Why does Jesus heal the blind man twice?
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comment What does it mean to be “born of water”?
@H3br3wHamm3r81, its not impossible that Jesus and Nicodemus spoke to each other in Greek. I admit that this is not as likely as them speaking in Aramaic but its certainly not impossible. There are a number of scholars who have argued that Jesus was bilingual and its possible that Nicodemus was too. We just don't know. What John records is a conversation in Greek and the meaning of the conversation must be judged through the literary features of John's Gospel. Words with double meanings are characteristic of John's gospel. It's clear that the same feature is on display here as well.
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comment Why does Luke associate the birth of Christ with the census conducted by Quirinus?
That still points to a potential discrepancy in Luke's account. Instead of a 9 year difference you've closed the gap to 5 or 6 years. Still a problem.
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