Posts Tagged ‘letter’

In the book, The Jesus Papers, written by Michael Baigent, the author claims to have seen a letter from Jesus Himself. The letter is supposedly in Aramaic, written to the Jewish council, and proves that Jesus faked his death and afterwards fled toEgypt. Is this true? Did Jesus really fake his death and flee toEgypt?

 

Well when you examine Baigent’s claims it becomes apparently not so true. For you see, Baigent can’t read Aramaic, but the antiquities dealer he purchased the letter from assured him of the contents of the letter. Problem is, the antiquities dealer himself couldn’t read Aramaic as well and Baigent fails to provide the name of this dealer. Baigent did have two scholars review the letter, yet both unfortunately passed away before Baigent published his book.[1] Not too convincing anymore is it?

 

As scholar Craig Evans concludes; “No living, qualified expert has seen these documents, and the two who say they have seen them- and are still living- cannot read them… Baigent neglects to mention that archaeologists and papyrologists will tell you that no papyrus… can survive buried in the ground, in Jerusalem, for two thousand years… Jerusalemreceives rainfall every year; papyri buried underground, beneath houses or whatever, decompose quickly. So whatever Baigent saw, they were not ancient papyri found beneath somebody’s house in Jerusalem, and they were not letters Jesus wrote.”[2]


[1] Timothy Paul Jones, Conspiracies of the Cross (Lake Mary,FL: Frontline 2008) Pg. 159

[2] Craig A. Evans, Fabricating Jesus; How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, (Nottingham,England: IVP Books 2006) Pg. 216.

IHS

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Did you know?, History Related
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A lot of you old church goers may recognize this acronym. It has been a common acronym written or engraved in many churches all over the world. But what does it mean?

Many think it is “In His Spirit.” Some think it is the Latin phrase Iesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus, Savior of Man). Others think it is Iesus Habemus Socium (We have Jesus as our companion). Sorry but these are all wrong, and you actually might disappointed to know what it really means. “H” is actually the Greek symbol for the letter “eta” or “e.” IHS is actually just the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek. “Jes” equals “IHS.”[1] Not as amazing as you thought right?


[1] J. Stephen Lang, 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible.  (New York:NY Barnes & Noble, Inc. 2010) Pg 67.

Have you ever heard of Paul’s letters from the New Testament referred to as epistles? An epistle is actually like a letter. But unlike a letter which is meant to be sent to and read by another individual, an epistle is written for a large audience, and is to be read by and circulated by a large number of recipients.[1] Though Paul does often speak to particular individuals in certain epistles they are mostly addressed to a larger audience.

So when someone refers to Paul’s letter to the Romans, you can now arrogantly inform them Paul wrote an epistle, not a letter. Just kidding 🙂


[1] J. Stephen Lang, 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible.  (New York:NY Barnes & Noble, Inc. 2010) Pg 457.