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Winter 2004: Other Significant Articles



Alan Millard, “Literacy in the Time of Jesus” Biblical Archaeology Review (July/Aug 2003 Vol 29 No 4), pages 36-45.

Several lines of evidence can be presented to argue that it is quite probable that someone could have written down the sayings of Jesus during His ministry in Israel. The idea that Jesus’ Galilean disciples would likely have been illiterate is refuted. The claim used by those who say the New Testament was not written in the first century because “Jews of Jesus’ time were forbidden from writing down the lessons of their religious teachers, lest they be confused with sacred texts” is also debunked as incorrect (p. 45).

Also in this issue of BAR is an article discussing the Simon family ossuaries and the re-discovery of a “very likely” (p. 47) connection of first century artifacts to Jesus through Simon of Cyrene. These discoveries add validity to the authenticity of the Biblical record, anchoring faith in history.



Christian History 79 (Vol XXII, No 3. August 2003)

This theme issue “The African Apostles: the untold stories of the black evangelists who converted their continent” takes a sweeping look at how Christianity became African in the twentieth century. If Christian futurists like Philip Jenkins are correct, global Christianity will soon be defined according to its relationship with African culture. This issue of Christian History will introduce you to some of the virtually unknown personalities and trends that God has used to bring nearly half of the African continent to Messiah in only the last 100 years.


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About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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