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March 4, 2013 | David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
'In the beginning was the Word," begins an ancient Middle Eastern text, "and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. " In time its anonymous author would be assigned the name John, and his mystical story of the life and death of Jesus - whom he presents as having existed before all time - would join 26 other texts in a book that has shaped Western civilization like no other. The New Testament is, for many millions of Christians, the inspired Word of God, sacred and immutable: the perfect account of Jesus, the perfect human.
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April 16, 1995 | By Kristin Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rabbi A. James Rudin attends Good Friday services every year. He sits in the back of the church and braces himself for a lesson from the Gospel of John. Sometimes it hurts; sometimes it doesn't. "It's like handling radioactive material," said Rabbi Rudin, director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee. The story of Jesus Christ's last days is loaded with references to "the Jews" and their complicity and guilt in the death of a savior. But often lost in the translation from the page to the pulpit is the fact that the early church was Jewish and that Jesus Christ was a Jew, as were both his followers and his detractors.
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February 2, 1991 | By Bill Tammeus, Special to the Daily News
You face an almost bewildering set of choices when you try to buy a Bible nowadays. Although the classic King James Version, with its thees and thous, held its place as the primary English translation for nearly 300 years, the 20th century has seen publication of many fresh and insightful translations. Nearly all have been based on more reliable ancient manuscripts in Hebrew, the original language of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament), and Greek, the language of the New Testament.
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December 20, 2001 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
God is a hard act to follow. Just ask literary critic Jack Miles. Five years ago, he won a Pulitzer Prize, and stratospheric critical acclaim, for his first book, God: A Biography. God was a best-selling study of the Jewish Scripture (the Old Testament to Christians) as a work of literature. In its main character Miles saw a moody, conflicted figure who creates humankind as a context for his own search for meaning. "God is no saint," Miles concluded of Yahweh, the sometimes kind, often wrathful, always mighty warrior-god of the Old Testament.
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March 19, 2007
READING letter-writer Michael Ginsberg's view of what the Bible says about homosexuality (March 12) made me cringe. As a person who studies biblical interpretation, my heart almost fell out of my chest when he stated the Bible should not be taken literally. He quotes some Old Testament laws, which leads me to believe he studies the Torah because he never mentions New Testament views on homosexuality. In the New Testament, we learn that we are to understand the spirit of the law, through grace, not the letter of the law. His examples do not eradicate homosexuality as a sin. Study Paul's letter to the churches in Rome and Corinth (to name a few)
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August 8, 2001 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"So, because Jesus was doing [healings] on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. . . . For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him. " John 5:16-18 (New International Version) The Jews. It is a term that appears 195 times in the New Testament. And ever since the early Christian era, Jews striving to comprehend their persecution by Crusaders, Cossacks, Nazis or village thugs have lamented their New Testament portrait as Christ-killers. "After this, Jesus traveled in Galilee, since He did not want to travel in Judea because the Jews were trying to kill Him. " (John 7:1, Holman Christian Standard Bible)
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September 8, 1987 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jonas Phillips, one of Philadelphia's most prominent Jewish citizens, addressed a plea for religious tolerance yesterday to the delegates to the Federal Convention. Phillips, who served with the Philadelphia militia during the War for Independence, wrote to the convention complaining about a Pennsylvania law that requires members of the state legislature to swear to their belief in the divine authority of the New Testament. "To swear and believe that the New Testament was given by a divine inspiration is absolutely against the religious principle of a Jew, and it is against his conscience to take such an oath," Phillips wrote.
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June 27, 2013 | By Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it had ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity cook, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been carrying a variety of products from grocery items to health and wellness products under Deen's moniker since 2011. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman.
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March 28, 1997 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When anyone asks him why he is stepping down as president of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood after eight years, the Rev. Manfred T. Brauch responds, simply: "I am going back to what I love, teaching. " Mr. Brauch, an ordained Baptist minister and a professor of the New Testament, will leave the presidency June 30. After a sabbatical, he will return to teaching at the seminary in the fall of 1998. R. Scott Rodin, vice president for advancement, will be the acting president until the search committee names a replacement.
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December 21, 2015
Robert J. Hutchinson is the author of "Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth - And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts" (Thomas Nelson) In the midst of the annual battles over how a pluralistic society should properly recognize an important Christian holiday celebrated by 70 percent of the population, there is one question rarely asked at this time of year: Just who was Jesus of Nazareth, anyway? Some claim that Jesus didn't exist at all, and that Christianity evolved out of pagan Gnostic redeemer myths or Greek stories about "dying and rising gods.
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March 20, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown Catholics notoriously know nothing about Bibles, and I was a good Catholic. I'd heard little snippets at Mass, but I never read anything out of an actual Bible until, at age 18, I decided to try it. I did realize that the stuff about Jesus was in the New Testament, so I flipped through the preliminary material and eventually got to the Four Gospels. Great. I would read one of those. I saw right away that Matthew and Luke were out of the question - too long.
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December 21, 2015
Robert J. Hutchinson is the author of "Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth - And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts" (Thomas Nelson) In the midst of the annual battles over how a pluralistic society should properly recognize an important Christian holiday celebrated by 70 percent of the population, there is one question rarely asked at this time of year: Just who was Jesus of Nazareth, anyway? Some claim that Jesus didn't exist at all, and that Christianity evolved out of pagan Gnostic redeemer myths or Greek stories about "dying and rising gods.
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May 26, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The blast of the mortar shell threw Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Yonan six feet in the air and should have killed him. But the largest piece of shrapnel cut through his backpack and passed through the New Testament, stopping at Revelation. At his Huntingdon Valley home, Yonan, 91, still treasures the book that saved him 70 years ago on Okinawa and gives "thanks to God. " Along the coast of France, Navy machinist mate James Gullborg manned an antiaircraft gun on a ship that delivered tanks as shells shrieked overhead during the D-Day Normandy invasion.
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September 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 27, 2013 | By Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it had ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity cook, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been carrying a variety of products from grocery items to health and wellness products under Deen's moniker since 2011. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman.
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March 4, 2013 | David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
'In the beginning was the Word," begins an ancient Middle Eastern text, "and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. " In time its anonymous author would be assigned the name John, and his mystical story of the life and death of Jesus - whom he presents as having existed before all time - would join 26 other texts in a book that has shaped Western civilization like no other. The New Testament is, for many millions of Christians, the inspired Word of God, sacred and immutable: the perfect account of Jesus, the perfect human.
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October 1, 2010
IDON'T believe much in redemption, despite a strong New Testament upbringing that taught me to value salvation. The Old Testament seems more just, with its emphasis on punishment and its concern for the innocent. But every now and then, you come across a case that challenges your beliefs. For me, Michael Vick could be one of them. I say "could" as opposed to "is" because the football season is only three games young, and our new QB has some yardage to cover before he convinces me that he deserves a . . . pass for his sins.
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December 23, 2008 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You're meditating on your favorite verses in the Bible. Say, the opening chapter of the Book of Mark: "God said, 'I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.' " You turn the page, and suddenly, there it is: a great big color photo of Angelina Jolie. Angelina Jolie? Next to a passage about God's messenger? Welcome to Bible Illuminated: The Book - New Testament, a gorgeous new edition of the latter half of the Christian Bible (the Old Testament is due out in late spring)
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July 26, 2008 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Peter Enns, a Westminster Theological Seminary professor whose recent suspension on theological grounds drew national attention, has agreed to leave the Glenside seminary on Friday. In March, the school's trustees voted, 18-9, to suspend Enns "for the good of the seminary" because his 2005 book Inspiration and Incarnation encourages Bible-believing Christians to accept that the Bible was the work of both humans and God. Enns, a tenured professor of Old Testament with graduate degrees from Harvard, was due to face a four-day hearing at the end of this month.
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October 17, 2007 | CAROL TOWARNICKY
Second of two columns on what the Bible says, and doesn't say, about homosexuality. THANKS TO the dozens of "believers" - at least the civil ones - who e-mailed after my last column about Sodom and Gomorrah with lists of Bible citations to prove me wrong. After a good-faith effort, I gave up trying to respond. Our starting points are so different, there's no place we're ever going to meet. Most of you read the Bible as if it's a textbook written in English by an all-knowing deity, or at least a document that has been translated perfectly, even though there are so many differing ones.
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