Jesus Appears to Thomas: Doubting Thomas

“But before this time, and while Vespasian was about Alexandria, and Titus was lying at the siege of Jerusalem, a great multitude of the Germans were in commotion, and tended to rebellion; and as the Gauls in their neighborhood joined with them, they conspired together, and had thereby great hopes of success, and that they should free themselves from the dominion of the Romans. The motives that induced the Germans to this attempt for a revolt, and for begi...

Jesus Begins his Ministry

At this point, the Romans are bringing and end to the siege of Jotapata and Josephus is hiding in a hole in the ground with a bunch of other Jews until the Romans discover them and send Nicanor to try to convince Josephus to surrender.  But the other Jews refuse and want to commit suicide and want to kill Josephus if he thinks of surrendering to the enemy.  So, Josephus starts to preach repentance to them: “Now as Josephus began to hesitate with himself ab...

Philip Finds Nathanael

In a previous post I showed how “Jesus Finds Philip” in Galilee is a short satirical representation of the descriptions of Josephus of Philip trying to hide with “fictitious hair” in “The Life of Josephus”, but then in “The Wars of the Jews” Josephus finds Philip in the middle of a long description of Galilee.  The very next verse tells us how to find Nathanael, specifically we will need Philip’s help: ...

Jesus Shows Himself at the Sea of Galilee

“NOW at the same time that Titus Caesar lay at the siege of Jerusalem, did Vespasian go on board a merchant ship and sailed from Alexandria to Rhodes; whence he sailed away in ships with three rows of oars; and as he touched at several cities that lay in his road, he was joyfully received by them all, and so passed over from Ionia into Greece; whence he set sail from Corcyra to the promontory of Iapyx, whence he took his journey by land. But as for Titus, ...

Jesus Predicts Death and Resurrection

“…So Titus commanded that the hands of many of those that were caught should be cut off, that they might not be thought deserters, and might be credited on account of the calamity they were under, and sent them in to John and Simon, with this exhortation, that they would now at length leave off [their madness], and not force him to destroy the city, whereby they would have those advantages of repentance, even in their utmost distress, that they would prese...

The Book of Life

The Book with the Seven Seals “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon… And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the...