Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jesus as the New Moses


[Sir Colin] Humphreys analyzed a variety of religious calendars — Jewish and Egyptian, solar and lunar — and reached his own conclusion that ties up the loose ends. It turns out that Passover began at sunset on Thursday, April 2, in the year 33, according to the calendar adopted during the Jews' Babylonian exile in the sixth century B.C. But a different religious calendar, dating back to the Jews' time in Egypt, would have Passover beginning at sunrise on Wednesday, April 1. That means Matthew, Mark and Luke could make a case for Wednesday's evening meal being part of Passover (by the pre-Exilic reckoning), while John would be justified in saying it happened before Passover (by the more recent reckoning). If his timeline is true, the Last Supper would have taken place on April 1. Jesus' main trial before the Sanhedrin would have been on April 2. The confirmation of his sentence and his appearances before Pontius Pilate would have occurred on the morning of Good Friday, April 3, followed by the crucifixion. All this would lead up to the first Easter Sunday on April 5 of the year 33. Cambridge U. Press "The Mystery of the Last Supper" analyzes the timeline of the Passion story. Many in the scientific community might see Humphreys' work as an empty exercise. They might even doubt whether Jesus was a historical figure at all. But Humphreys hopes that his analysis will be useful to scriptural scholars as well as rank-and-file believers. "For biblical scholars, it resolves the discrepancy," he told me. "We now have just the right amount of space that we need for the Gospel events." Humphreys also believes that Jesus and his followers were trying to send a theological message by celebrating the Passover on a schedule that goes back to a time before the Babylonian exile, to the era of Moses and the Exodus. "It mirrors the covenant that Moses announced," Humphreys told me. "It's cementing the message of Jesus, that he's the new Moses."


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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Real Face of Jesus?


About The Real Face of Jesus?.The Shroud of Turin.The Technology.Episode Guide

PhotosAAACite This.What did Jesus look like? Artists, scholars and millions of Christians around the world have been pondering the question for centuries. And on Tuesday, March 30, at 9/8c, HISTORY viewers may get closer to an answer than ever before, thanks to a special two-hour event.

The Real Face of Jesus? follows a team of graphic experts as they use cutting-edge 3D software to bring a holy relic known as the Shroud of Turin to life. Many believe Jesus Christ was buried in this ancient linen cloth, which bears traces of blood and the faint, ghostly image of a man. With the help of modern technology, can HISTORY finally unlock the secrets of one of the world’s most scrutinized and controversial artifacts?

To attempt this feat, HISTORY turned to computer graphics artist Ray Downing of Studio Macbeth, who used photographs and digital animation to reconstruct Abraham Lincoln in 2009. As Ray and his team grapple with the task, we delve into the Shroud of Turin’s long history, along with the many perplexing questions that centuries of scientific research have failed to settle. How, for instance, did the figure’s imprint appear on the cloth? And how can we extract 3D information from a two-dimensional piece of linen?

In The Real Face of Jesus?, HISTORY unveils the fruit of many months of labor, made possible by sophisticated computer tools in very capable hands: an accurate depiction of the man many believe to be Jesus Christ. For the devout and curious alike, this is a compelling story of transformation—a fascinating journey from the realm of creativity and imagination into the domain of science and technology.

Just in time for Easter and the Shroud of Turin’s first public viewing in 10 years at Turin’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, watch The Real Face of Jesus? on March 30 at 9/8c.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Understanding the Eucharist

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Biblical Truths, Evangelization, Lent - Easter, The Sacraments

A former Protestant minister, Dr. Scott Hahn was a militant opponent of the Catholic Church. Now one of the foremost Catholic theologians in the world, he highlights the key misunderstandings people have about the Eucharist. In this powerful presentation, he explains the Church's teaching from a scriptural and historical perspective in an entertaining and thorough fashion.

This is an absolutely brilliant outline giving biblical proof of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist! Mike - Bogota, NJ

It has given me some incredible tools with which to defend my faith! I wish to purchase several of these CDs to distribute them to friends who do not know the full truth. Randolph - St. Claire, PA

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Echo of God. Fr. Lance Harlow

A Commentary for Beginners on St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort's
True Devotion to Mary

St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort's Treatise on the True Devotion to the Holy Virgin has influenced innumerable Christians since its discovery in 1842. These include Mr. Frank Duff, the founder of the Legion of Mary; Blessed (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta, and His Holiness Pope John Paul II; not to mention the thousands of priests, religious and laity who live their consecration to Jesus through Mary.
The Echo of God is a most valuable study guide for understanding and living the lifestyle of true devotion with its simple explanation and application of Grignion de Montfort's inspired principles of Marian spirituality-which is always Christocentric!
This book contains the full text of True Devotion complete with commentary, Scripture references and application questions.
It is ideal for individual or prayer group study, seminarian and novitiate formation, and retreat work. It is also a helpful aid for leaders of prayer groups and those involved in spiritual direction.
The Echo of God is a work which is long overdue and will assist any reader who finds difficulty in appropriating Grignion de Montfort's sublime teaching on the role of Mary in the formation of saints for the latter times.

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