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A: In his popular book, The Passover Plot, radical New Testament scholar Hugh J. Schonfield proposed that Jesus set out to fulfill the Old Testament’s messianic prophecies. According to Schonfield’s theory, Jesus enlisted the aid of men like Joseph of Arimathea and Lazarus of Bethany to help Him accomplish an elaborate hoax. Joseph arranged for an unidentified person to give Jesus a drink on the Cross that would cause Him to lose consciousness and appear to be dead. However, no one involved in the scheme anticipated the spear wound, which gravely injured Jesus. He was removed from the tomb the next day, briefly regaining consciousness before dying and being reburied elsewhere.
This idea requires that Jesus not only survived the Crucifixion somehow, but He also must have recovered, at least for a long enough time to make a few appearances, from the brutal torture leading up to the Crucifixion and from the Crucifixion itself.
Ingenious conspiracy theories often convince those who are ignorant of history, particularly of the details of flogging and crucifixion. But simply put, the Romans were experts at executing people, and to think that someone could survive the horrors Jesus endured displays either the critics’ willful ignorance or their desperate attempt to deny the obvious.
Continue reading to discover how the crucifixion of Jesus utterly demolishes the swoon theory and Passover plot ideas.
Did the Resurrection really happen? Is the Shroud of Turin an artifact from the tomb of Jesus? What about the factual claims in The Da Vinci Code? This two-volume softcover set will equip you with answers to 40 common challenges against God’s Word.
Reverse evolution: Dust mites defy Dollo’s law.
Four-winged birds: Do four-winged Cretaceous birds confirm dinosaurs’ role in the evolution of flight?
Jesus’s ministry on the History Channel: Jesus—come from God the Father with authority to deal with sin—is perceived as a threat by the Jewish and Roman leaders.
What’s in a name?: Lesson on intercultural communication demonstrates what not to do.
Cosmic map: Planck map increases age estimate of the universe but confirms a plank of the big bang model just doesn’t fit.
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