Ancient Texts

The collected writings of T. Justin Martyr – first century philosopher and early Christian Apologist (part 1 of 2)

Introduction to Justin Martyr Justin Martyr, also known as Saint Justin, was an early Christian apologist.  Originally a professional philosopher, Justin converted to Christianity about 130 AD after witnessing Christians die for their faith.  He learned about Christianity from “an old Christian man” who told him of a “true philosophy”…
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Ancient Texts

The collected writings of T. Justin Martyr – first century philosopher and early Christian Apologist (part 2 of 2)

Introduction to Justin Martyr Justin Martyr, also known as Saint Justin, was an early Christian apologist.  Originally a professional philosopher, Justin converted to Christianity about 130 AD after witnessing Christians die for their faith.  He learned about Christianity from “an old Christian man” who told him of a “true philosophy”…
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Ancient Texts

The Apocalypse of Thomas (ancient apocryphal texts)

Introduction The Apocalypse of Thomas is a work from the New Testament apocrypha, apparently composed originally in Greek. It is the inspiration for the popular medieval millennial list Fifteen Signs before Doomsday. The text was written in Greek between the second and the fourth century. There are two recensions of the text, the second one of which…
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Matthew

Jesus calls a hated tax collector, Matthew, to follow him and become his disciple (Matthew 9:9 – 9:13)

As Jesus journeyed through the land, he saw a man named Matthew sitting in a tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him. Matthew got up and followed. While Jesus was eating dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came to the home and ate with him and…
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Genesis

Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and tricks Judah into sleeping with her – compulsive behavior leads to an unthinkable act (Genesis 38:1-30)

Judah left his brothers and went to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. It was here that Judah met the daughter of Shua, a Canaanite man. Judah married the daughter (she is unnamed in Genesis) and together they gave birth to a son named Er. She conceived again…
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Revelation

The seventh seal – the sounding of the sixth trumpet releases plagues that kill one third of mankind (Revelation 9:13-9:21)

After the first woe passed, the sixth angel sounded his trumpet. John heard a voice emanate from the horns of the golden altar. The voice said to the sixth angel, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And four angels who had been kept ready…
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Ezekiel

Ezekiel shaves his head – those that refuse to heed God’s directives will be judged accordingly (Ezekiel 5:1 – 5:17)

After explaining how the siege of the city was to take place, God told Ezekiel, “Take a sharp sword and use it as a razor to shave your head and beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair. When the days of your siege come to…
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Revelation

The seventh seal – the sounding of the fifth trumpet releases a plague of stinging locusts upon mankind (Revelation 9:1 – 9:12)

After the first four angels released their judgements, the fifth angel blew his trumpet. John saw a star that had fallen from the sky to earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like smoke from…
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Genesis

Joseph is thrown into a well then sold into slavery by his brothers (Genesis 37:12 – 37:36)

Joseph’s brothers had gone to Shechem to graze their father’s flocks. Israel (Jacob) said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. I am going to send you to them.” Joseph responded, “Very well.” Jacob told Joseph, “Go and see if all is well with…
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Matthew

Jesus heals a paralyzed man – then scribes accuse Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 9:1 – 9:8)

After residents begged Jesus to leave their region, Jesus boarded a boat and re-crossed the sea back to his home town. Some men brought a paralyzed man, lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this,…
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