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That was part of the trap he leaders set for Jesus. The temple area had Roman solders. The temple area is about thirty-five acres. At that time, around three sides of that large enclosure there was a long, covered walkway. The best English word we have for this is cloister. Connected to this walkway on the north end of the temple area, Herod the Great had ...


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Yes, but only with explicit Roman approval. The authority of the Sanhedrin The Jewish Sanhedrin had the authority to try criminal cases, but could not (at the time of Jesus' death) carry out the death penalty (see John 18:31). This is why the Sanhedrin had to take Jesus to Pilate for condemnation (though they may well have had other ulterior motives as well, ...


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Maybe I can help: I have a different perspective on Isaiah 7. The narrative is historical and more immediate, the prophecy of the sign in verse 14 is not. From Tiglath-Pileser to Sennacherib is about 65 years. Isaiah 7:8 tells us the timeline, but Samaria didn't fall until 2 Kings 18:9-12 after Ahaz's time. This was in the time of Shalmaneser and King ...


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John says the Priest sought to kill Lazurus also. With Bethany being so close to Jerusalem the story of the Resurrection of Lazurus would circulate quickly. Since the Jews were always in the state of insurrection one who could raise the dead to life would have been a great asset. So it seems reasonable that the Resurrection of Lazurus was not that many days ...


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Let's take a look at the two calendars most relevant to New Testament chronology Julian Calendar When implemented the Julian calendar was a significant step forward in chronological accuracy, pegging the tropical year at 365.25 days (just a little over 11 minutes off). There was a problem though--they accidentally held leap year every 3 years instead of ...


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Josephus recounts incidents of possession and exorcism in his Antiquities of the Jews. https://ia802604.us.archive.org/19/items/completeworksofj01jose/completeworksofj01jose.pdf for I have seen a certain man of my own country whose name was Eleazar, releasing people that were demoniacal in the presence of Vespasian, and his sons and his captains, and the ...


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Casting out demons was not something that only came about as a result of Jesus coming onto the scene. This practice had been going on since the times of King David. By the time of Jesus, casting demons followed a practised routine. The first step was determining the demons ‘name(s)’. The practice had varying levels of success, and was certainly not always ...


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This is a common interpretation of how the magicians did it. In fact, to this day Egyptian snake charmers practice the deception of turning a rod into a serpent. They are able to induce catatonic rigidity in the native cobra by exerting strong pressure on a nerve just below its head. In this state, the snake assumes a rodlike appearance and can even be ...


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The first reason to believe the predictions of Matthew 24:29-31 are fulfilled is that's the most straightforward way of reading the text. Matthew 24:34 (shortly after) says "Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened." To this you can add that it's the most straightforward way of reading Matthew 16:...


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