Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction 1
The Gospel According to Matthew 4
The Nativity of Jesus Christ 4
The Baptism and Temptation 5
The Calling of the Disciples 5
The Sermon on the Mount 6
The Lord's Prayer 7
Healing of the Sick and Casting out Demons 8
The Mission of the Twelve 9
Working on the Sabbath 10
John the Baptist Beheaded 11
Walking on Water 11
The Canaanite Woman 12
Peter the "Rock" 12
The Transfiguration 13
Becoming like Children 13
Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven 14
The Rich Young Man 14
Entry into Jerusalem 15
Driving out the Moneychangers 15
Cursing the Fig Tree 16
Signs of the Times/Second Coming 16
Jesus's Anointment with Oil 17
The Last Supper 17
The Garden of Gethsemane 18
The Betrayal by Judas 18
Christ's Trial 19
The Passion and Crucifixion 19
The Resurrection of the Dead 20
The Empty Tomb 20
Conclusion 21
The Gospel According to Mark 24
Was Mark First? 24
Comparison of Matthew and Mark 25
The Missing Scriptures 27
The Three Synoptics Juxtaposed 30
The Gospel According to Luke 33
Chronological Discrepancies 35
Luke's Tenor 36
Startling Conclusions 37
The Gospel According to John 39
Authentic or Adulterated? 41
Who Killed Jesus? 45
Textual Harmonization 47
Inspired Originals? 50
Scribal Scalliwags 50
Error-Filled Copies 53
Perfect Harmony? 54
Eyewitness Accounts or Compilations? 56
The Gospel Dates 59
Anonymous and Pseudonymous Authors 60
According to Whom? 61
"Back in the Day‚Ķ" 62
The Lukan Prologue 62
Irenaeus, "Father of the Catholic Canon." 64
Church Father and Bishop Papias 64
Justin Martyr 67
The Rylands Papyrus 68
Late Dating of the Gospels? 70
Jesus Outside of the Bible 84
Titus Flavius Josephus 86
Pliny the Younger 91
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus 93
Publius/Gaius Cornelius Tacitus 94
Thallus, Phlegon and Mara Bar-Serapion, et al. 98
The Talmud 102
Gnostic Sources 104
Extrabiblical Christian Sources 105
The Stones are Silent 105
Who are Elijah and Elisha? 114
Joseph, A Type of Jesus 119
Jesus as Fulfillment of Prophecy 123
Questions about the  Gospel Story 139
Miracles, Impossibilities and Implausibilities 140
Failed Prophecies 147
Contradictions and Inconsistencies 148
Errors in Time and Place 155
Chronological Problems 162
Translation Errors and Language Problems 167
  The King James Bible 169
Illogic and Irrationality 181
Jesus's Character 192
Repellant Deeds, Sayings and Doctrines 198
Apology Accepted? 205
"It Doesn't Matter?" 206
Four Camera Angles 209
Does The Bible Stack Up? 210
What Jesus Felt or Thought 211
Literal or Figurative? 214
History or Propaganda? 216
A Uniquely Divine Birth? 217
Salvation is from the Jews? 220
Son of Joseph? 221
Massacre or Myth? 221
Son of God? 222
The Resurrection of Lazarus? 224
The Naked Youth 236
The "Twelve" 237
The Sacred Meal 239
The Bloody Sweat 240
The Trial and Crucifixion 240
The Sun of Righteousness 244
The Sacred Spear and The Side-Wounding 245
The Empty Tomb Redux 246
The Ascension into Heaven 248
The Sayings of Jesus? 252
Conclusion 255
Fingerprints of the Christ? 256
Terror in the Name of God 261
Vacuous Christianity? 262
Bibliography 266
Index 276