Details, Details, and More Details

“After a bit, those who were standing around went up to Peter and said, ‘Truly, you are also from them; your speech makes it evident.’” (Matthew 26:73)   “But again he disowned him. But in a short while, again those present said to Peter, ‘Truly, you are from them because you are Galilean.’” (Mark 14:70)… Read More

Let Justice Flow

“Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the High Priest.” (John 18:24)   We have already discussed the relationship between Annas and Caiaphas as to how both are referred to as the High Priest and how this short exchange formed a kind of initial interview in the shadows of the evening prior to the official… Read More

Kalos and Kakos

“Jesus answered him, ‘If I spoke wickedly, testify as to the evil; but if nobly, then why did you beat me?’” (John 18:23) There is a certain irony in Jesus‘ choice of words. Some of our modern translations render Jesus as saying, “If I have spoken wrongly…” which gives the impression that Jesus is defending… Read More

A Debt of Love I Owe…

“But when he said this, one of the subordinates who was standing there gave a blow to Jesus saying, ‘Is this how you answer the High Priest?’” (John 18:23)   Again, many of our English translations like to render this word as “officer” when it comes to the one who slapped Jesus, giving the impression… Read More

The First round of Questions

“Then the High Priest asked Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.” (John 18:19)   In light of our discussions above, the High Priest being spoken of here must be Annas — referring to him in this way respecting his reputation and influence (as well as past title) not so much his formal title… Read More