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Mary, Mother of Jesus – Summary

Mary, Mother of Jesus – Summary

May 5, 2014

Mary, or Virgin Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ, a Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee. While betrothed to Joseph the angel Gabriel told Mary that she had ‘found favour with God’ and that she should ‘conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.’ Mary, asking the angel how this could be, since she knew...

Was the Examination of Jesus Illegal?

Was the Examination of Jesus Illegal?

Apr 22, 2013

SOURCE: THE TRIAL OF JESUS FROM A LAWYER’S STANDPOINT by WALTER M. CHANDLER OF THE NEW YORK BAR LAW “Now the Jewish law prohibited all proceedings by night.”—Dupin, “Jesus Devant Caïphe et Pilate.” “Be not a sole judge, for there is no sole judge but One.”—Mishna, Pirke Aboth IV. 8. “A principle perpetually...

Was the Arrest of Jesus Illegal?

Was the Arrest of Jesus Illegal?

Mar 31, 2013

SOURCE: THE TRIAL OF JESUS FROM A LAWYER’S STANDPOINT by WALTER M. CHANDLER OF THE NEW YORK BAR LAW “Now the Jewish law prohibited all proceedings by night.”—Dupin, “Jesus Devant Caïphe et Pilate.” “The testimony of an accomplice is not permissible by Rabbinic law both propter affectum and propter delictum, and no man’s...

Birth of Jesus Christ

Birth of Jesus Christ

Dec 22, 2012

The Birth of Jesus as recorded in the ‘The Gospel According to St. Luke’ King James version of the Bible: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city....

95 Theses – Martin Luther

95 Theses – Martin Luther

Oct 31, 2012

Widely regarded as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was a protest against abuses related to the sale of indulgences. Luther, a German monk, proposed that they violated the original intent of confession and penance. He argued that Christians were being falsely told that God’s punishment for sin could be avoided...

St. Francis of Assisi – Sermon to the Birds

St. Francis of Assisi – Sermon to the Birds

Oct 24, 2012

The following sermon was given by St. Francis of Assisi sometime in the 1220s: Sermon by St. Francis My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your...