September 20, 2012 |
BOSTON - A Harvard University professor on Tuesday unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus that she said is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife," whom he identifies as Mary. King said the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century. King helped translate and unveiled the tiny fragment at a conference of Coptic experts in Rome.
September 18, 2013 |
Jesus of Nazareth was not a religious prophet with a message of peace and universal love - much less the Son of God. He was a revolutionary, a Jewish resistance fighter who worked to overthrow Israel's Roman rulers. So writes comparative religionist Reza Aslan in Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth , which he will discuss at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (A limited number of tickets are still available.) As radical as this may sound, Aslan's theory is hardly new or particularly revolutionary.
March 31, 1996 |
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. " - Mark 16:15 Jesus didn't need an advertising agency. The Bible says that when He showed up alive after Easter to His amazed disciples, all Jesus did was urge them to go out and preach. And lo, nearly 2,000 years later, the word is still moving in the land. So are the automobiles. Thousands of them daily, and what they are passing as they head north on Interstate 95 past Cottman Avenue is a giant billboard advertisement that reads in bold letters: "Jesus hated church, too. " Underneath, in smaller type, but still visible from the highway is the tagline: "But he never used it as an excuse to not worship.
September 30, 2012 |
Televangelist M.G. Pat Robertson exhorted a crowd of thousands to reclaim the nation for God at a prayer gathering Saturday on Independence Mall. "I don't care what the ACLU says or any athiest says, this nation belongs to Jesus," said Robertson, 82. The founder of the 700 Club and stalwart of the Christian Right addressed a crowd who met on the mall for America for Jesus 2012, a national prayer gathering. A park ranger estimated the crowd at 8,000 to 10,000. The two-day event was organized by One Nation under God, a coalition of ministries that organized a similar series of events in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s and 1990s.
March 16, 1991 |
If Jesus Christ returned one day, would anyone recognize him? Would he have a job? Would he live in a house or an apartment? City or suburbs? These are the types of questions that inspired the writing of a book called "Joshua" (Collier Books, $8.95) by Joseph F. Girzone, a retired priest. The book is about a man who moves into a cottage on the outskirts of a small, tightly knit town where everyone knows everyone else by first name and gossip is treated as something to be savored and served in a group of no less than three people.
October 1, 2012 |
Pat Robertson stood before Independence Hall Saturday and proclaimed that "This nation belongs to Jesus. " The 82-year-old broadcaster, a stalwart of the Christian right, spoke to a crowd of nearly 10,000 that had gathered on the mall to reverse the course of what they called a United States gone wrong. "I ran for president once, and it's a mistake I wouldn't want anybody to make," said Robertson, who had walked to the lectern slowly and hunched over. "We will never change America through politics.
October 14, 1998 |
As you enter the Manhattan Theatre Club's main-stage theater, having passed through metal detectors in the lobby, the actors in Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi are milling about in street clothes, chatting with the audience and one another. A large staff pounded on the floor signals the start of the play, and one performer separates himself from the others to tell us what we are about to see. "We are going to tell you an old and familiar story," he says. ". . . No tricks up our sleeves, no malice in our hearts.
August 27, 2006 |
Comedy vet Jackie Mason, 75, has filed a $2 mil lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for using his name and image in one of the org's pamphlets. Filed in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the suit seeks the destruction of the pamphlet, which has an image of Mason next to the words "Jackie Mason . . . A Jew for Jesus!?" The pamphlet, which plays with Mason's shoulder-shrugging question-asking shtick, expounds on the similarities between Judaism and Christianity. "While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith . . . I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," Mason said.
April 1, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus' steps along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering. " They followed his 14 stations, saying a prayer at each and ending at the ancient Holy Sepulcher church. Along the route, Franciscan friars in brown robes chanted prayers in Latin and explained the different stations to crowds through a megaphone.
March 22, 2008 |
Shortly past noon yesterday, the Rev. Jay Broadnax surveyed the congregation inside St. Matthew A.M.E. Church in West Philadelphia and whispered: "Lord, we want to remember the words you spoke on the cross. " "Amen," they responded. And so began the Good Friday service known as the Seven Last Words of Christ, as celebrated by seven African Methodist Episcopal preachers before 300 people in attendance. At some churches, this traditional Protestant look at the final phrases (not merely seven words)