The story continues as we examine Matthew 1:18-23 and Luke 1:5-56.  Who were the Maccabees? How did Herod the Great come to power?  Does Malachi predict the coming of John the Baptist? Is Christianity just about “being like Jesus” or does it require belief in the “essential” doctrines?  Does Isaiah predict the virgin birth of Jesus or was this just a bad translation? What does this mean for the incarnation?


In this episode we continue the history of the period from the Exile to Christ.  This part of the genealogy of Jesus can be found in Matthew 1:12-16 and Luke 3:23-29.  Does the Davidic Royal Line just fade away or does it make a comeback?  Is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 – Jesus or the nation of Israel?  Is Daniel writing about the 2nd century BC or the 21st century AD?


DISHARMONY OF THE GOSPELS? Prelude to the New Testament

So great news! The Bible Controversy is now officially a podcast.  You can now find it on your favorite podcast app by just searching for the “The Bible Controversy.”  Apologies on the second recording as the volume dips near the end.  This will all be improved for future podcasts.  The next episode should be published soon . . .

What is a “through the Bible” podcast?  I consider this to be a podcast where you start with Genesis 1:1 and just move forward from there.  This is in contrast to a thematic approach where you pick out different verses scattered throughout the bible to deal with a particular issue. I am going to modify this somewhat by starting with the New Testament and doing a “harmony” of the Gospels, what this means is that Instead of starting with Matthew, and then just reading straight through from beginning to end, and then Mark, followed by Luke and John, I will instead be comparing how the different gospel writers deal with the same stories and events as we proceed through the ancestry, birth, childhood, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Before we can even get to Jesus, however, we have an entire Old Testament to contend with, the history of the Ancient Near East, and the Greco-Roman world of the first century. So a lot to chew on there . . .

The focus though for all of this is dealing with three voices. The three voices as I see them is the Skeptical Critic (SC”) who looks for contradiction, absurdity, and moral nonsense wherever she can find it. The SC has rejected Christianity and loves to talk about Christianity’s short comings.  The next voice is the Evangelical Defender (“ED”)  who will courageously defend  the bible against the attacks of the SC and Bible scholarship in general. The ED acknowledges that there are apparent contradictions and supposed moral failings in the Bible but he will show how no such contradiction actually exists and that the Bible remains inerrant and infallible. The ED is a great escape artist who always finds impressive and inventive means to defend the Bible whenever it is in danger. The final voice in this contest is the Bible Academic (“BA”), the BA does not have any passionate dislike for the Bible like the SC does but he has his theory on what the bible is.  The BA knows how the bible was constructed, when, and by whom.  Verses (that he reads) will always fit the theory of the Bible that he has adopted. These theories have different names you may have heard of, like the “documentary hypothesis,” “deuteronomic historian” or “Markan priority.”

So we have three voices and the final voice is that of the bewildered reader. How does the reader find coherence? Or more simply what is the meaning?