The Gospel of John chapters 13 to 17 contains an extended discourse that takes place at the Last Supper.  There is no mention of the discourse (including the washing of feet) in the synoptic gospels, and some scholars have pondered as to why this is so.  The first thing we should state is that only […]

I suppose we are on the theme of literary dyads – stories that occur twice in the gospels. Yesterday’s blog examined the story of the Galilean fisherman and Jesus in the Gospels of John and Luke. Today I’d like to look at Jesus’ forty days in the desert, recounted in Matthew 4:1-11 and and Luke […]

The prophet Jeremiah began his ministry around 630-620 BC. After the Babylonian’s failed to take Jerusalem in 598 BC, Jeremiah counseled against making an alliance with Babylon’s enemy, Egypt. The king ignored Jeremiah, and the price of ignoring his advice was to provoke Nebuchadnezzar to lay siege in 587. Jerusalem was destroyed, and its prominent […]