Articles on Biblical Subjects

By Don R. Camp

Who First Wrote the Story of Jesus?

According to the early church fathers writing in the 2nd century, the Apostle Matthew wrote the first gospel. But modern scholars see in the three synoptic gospels an earlier source. That source has been called Q.  Did Matthew or Mark use Q in their gospels? And if so, who wrote Q?

Two Stories that Blow the New Testament out of the Water

Have you noticed that Matthew and Luke tell two completely different stories about Jesus' birth? How can they both be right? And if they are not, can we trust either of them?

Or maybe that claim is all wrong. Maybe they are one story in two parts. Maybe. Maybe there is more to it.

The Nativity Story

It is probable that the story of Jesus' birth was one story composed earlier than either of the two Gospel, Matthew and Luke, and used in part by both of the Evangelists. When their two stories are merged, they fit perfectly and reveal the original story.

Levi or Matthew, Which Is It?

The Gospel of Matthew could not be the eye-witness report of the Apostle we know as Matthew. If he had been the author he would have given us a more vivid first person account. And he certainly would not have copied from Mark.

So the critics say. But are they right? Let's look at the text.

The Guards-at-the-Tomb Lie

Of all the stories Matthew included in his Gospel, the story of the guards at the tomb is the most unlikely. No other gospel writer includes the story and it is mentioned nowhere else in the New testament. It seems like it is a clumsy attempt to argue against a common explanation for the empty tomb that was circulating among the Jews. But let's look closer.

Additional articles:  complaints about God and challenges to biblical truth.

The Slaughter of the Midianites Is God complicit in this slaughter of relatively innocent people described in Numbers 21-25 and 31?

Luke's Use of Josephus in Acts. For over a hundred years the theory of Luke's use of details found in Josephus has found interested adherents. Dr. Richard Carrier is one of the latest. But is the connection between Acts and Josephus real?

How to Read the Bible People read the Bible for a lot of reasons. Some read it devotionally, others critically. But most fail to read it in the way it was intended, as a coherent and unified story.

Inspired or Manspired Written by Bronze Age goat-herders.

No one who knows literature would say that. To the contrary, the Bible is full of some of the world's best literary writing. But it is more than a collection of literature. It is a single story, and that marks it as truly unique. 

Second Peter It's a forgery.

That's what is being said about 2nd Peter from critics of the Bible. And if a forgery is accepted in the Bible, what else might be phony? So how can you call it God's Word? A closer look will not only meet the challenge but reveal something exciting about 2nd Peter.

The Fairness of God

God is not fair.  He favors some with salvation, but not all. He is preached in some cultures, but not all. Some have the Bible, but not all. And if salvation depends on believing in this God and obeying the Bible, then all do not have an equal chance. It is not fair.

Hell and God's Love How can God be love and still send anyone to hell?

God's love and hell seem incompatible. But not when we consider hell as God's justice.  How then do God's love and justice join?

Slavery God ordains slavery. How awful!

Slavery is universally condemned as immoral. Is God then immoral? That is the challenge heard often on skeptic and anti-theist websites. But is it true that God condones slavery? This investigation into the facts will both put that question to rest and challenge you to get on board with God's plan to end slavery.

God Is a Monster That is the charge leveled against God.

God has brutally destroyed whole civilizations, nations and cities. He murdered men, women and children. And without cause. Let's put God in the dock and see.

Justus of Tiberias  Jesus in the first century? Nope.

That is the conclusion some reach when they find that Justus, a near contemporary of Jesus and an historian of the Jews had nothing to say about Jersus. But there is more to the story.

Philo A contemporary of Jesus.

If Philo was a contemporary of Jesus and on site in Jerusalem, why didn't he write about Jesus. Skeptics say it is because Jesus didn't exist. But there may be other reasons.

Show Me the Money

Show me the evidence for God, then I'll believe. That is the ultimate dare that anti-theists believe to be unanswerable. But really, is there no evidence?

A God Close By God knows us intimately and loves us deeply.

His promise is that he is deeply involved in our lives to protect and provide for us. That is what we see in Numbers 5:11-31 where God adjudicates between a jealous husband and his wife.

Dead Sea Scrolls Did they change everything?

Some have declared that text of the Old Testament is unreliable. They base their opinion on the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal variations that bring in question the Masoretic text on which the English translations of the Old Testament are based. This page is a very brief comparison of several verses in Jeremiah.

Reduction and Emergence This is a posting of an article written by

Ross McKenzie, a Professor of Physics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.In brief he explains that the sum of the parts do not describe the whole and the whole cannot be reduced to its parts. It is both a scientific fact and a theological/philosophical truth.