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The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: John’s Jesus

The beginning of John’s Jesus is very different from those of Mark, Luke and Matthew. John’s Jesus is not introduced as a man from Galilee or the son of Mary and the Holy Spirit. One word describes John’s Jesus:

For those who know how to use the BHC Greek-English Transliterator, take a moment to transliterate this word (if you haven’t downloaded your FREE BHC Transliterator click here to get it and learn how to transliterate Greek words).
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What does “Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men” Mean?

Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest, Peace on earth and good will toward men.
The message of the angels to the shepherds in Luke’s account is one of the most powerful messages in the New Testament. It has been memorized by children for centuries and touched the hearts of millions who long for – “peace on earth and good will toward men.”  It is a message that hearts understand, regardless of the doctrines lodged in the minds.
The message announces that peace on earth and good will toward men will come through the baby – the future Saviorand Anointed Onebut not in the way that most people have been taught to expect.
What if all 2,000,000,000 Christians understood the real message of the real Jesus and did what that Jesus did and taught? What would happen?

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The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: Matthew’s Account

This is third Gospel account of the beginnings of Jesus. We are examining them in chronological order – Mark, Luke, Matthew and John.
David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam . . . And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called the Anointed One. (1:6-7)
If you read Luke’s account, I bet you immediately saw a major difference in Matthew’s genealogy. In Luke, Joseph was from the line of Nathan, but in Matthew he is from Solomon’s line. Matthew’s Joseph is a party to David’s covenant, which descendants of Nathan were not. Read the complete blog at --

The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: Luke’s Account

In the sixth month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth of Galilee to Mary an unmarried young woman engaged to Joseph, of the house of David. (1:26-27)
Luke begins by letting readers know that this event took place “in the sixth month,” which is the month of Elul (August/September) on the Jewish calendar. If this is correct, then Jesus could not have been born in December, as Christians have been taught for the past 1,700 years. This may be a factor in why some translators inserted something in their translation that is not found in the ancient Greek manuscripts.  Read the rest of the study at --

The Different Beginnings of Jesus in the Gospels: Mark’s Version

The modern New Testament canon contains four Gospels. When they are placed in chronological order (the order in which they were written) they are: Mark, Luke, Matthew & John. They were written as separate scrolls and circulated that way at first. Each Gospel was “the” Gospel of different congregations in the early years of Christianity. Then copies were made and shared by communities until the first New Testament canons appeared. There are many other gospels in existence, but only the four above ultimately were chosen by Athanasius to be in the New Testament he created in the 4th century.

 This is the Christmas season and the “Christmas story” is told often, but the story we hear and see in school plays and church services is not found in that form in any of the Gospels. It was created by taking stories from multiple Gospels and putting them all together. But that destroys the ancient accounts of Jesus’s beginnings that were known in the different early congregations. This is the …

Getting Acquainted with Ancient Manuscripts of the New Testament

Parts of the New Testament have been preserved in more manuscripts than any other ancient work, having over 5,800 complete or fragmentedGreekmanuscripts, 10,000Latin manuscripts and 9,300 manuscripts in various other ancient languages. Read complete article and see examples at --

Amazing Video of Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor & Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (110 years old now).

Listen to Alice Herz-Sommer, now 110 years old (109 when the video was made) play the piano. She is the oldest living Holocaust survivor.  Alice was born in Prague, Austria-Hungary. Her father was a merchant, her mother was highly educated and moved in circles of well-known writers, and her older sister Irma taught her how to play piano, which she studied diligently. She also studied under Václav Štěpán (cs), and at the Prague German Conservatory of Music. She had begun giving concerts and making a name for herself before the Germans took over her city. In July 1943, Alice, her husband, and six-year-old son Raphael were sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp where she played more than 100 concerts with other musicians. Her husband was later sent to Auschwitz and then to Dachau where he died in 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Theresienstadt in 1945, Alice and her son returned to Prague and in March 1949 emigrated to Israel to be reunited with her family. She lived in Israel and…