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Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden right? Nope. That's one of many phantom passages that people think are in the Bible.
June 5th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Actually, that's not in the Bible

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) – NFL legend Mike Ditka was giving a news conference one day after being fired as the coach of the Chicago Bears when he decided to quote the Bible.

“Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” a choked-up Ditka said after leading his team to only five wins during the previous season.  “This, too, shall pass.”

Ditka fumbled his biblical citation, though. The phrase “This, too, shall pass” doesn’t appear in the Bible. Ditka was quoting a phantom scripture that sounds like it belongs in the Bible, but look closer and it’s not there.

Ditka’s biblical blunder is as common as preachers delivering long-winded public prayers. The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted. Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches - all types of people  - quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.

These phantom passages include:

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

And there is this often-cited paraphrase: Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.

None of those passages appear in the Bible, and one is actually anti-biblical, scholars say.

But people rarely challenge them because biblical ignorance is so pervasive that it even reaches groups of people who should know better, says Steve Bouma-Prediger, a religion professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

“In my college religion classes, I sometimes quote 2 Hesitations 4:3 (‘There are no internal combustion engines in heaven’),” Bouma-Prediger says. “I wait to see if anyone realizes that there is no such book in the Bible and therefore no such verse.

“Only a few catch on.”

Few catch on because they don’t want to - people prefer knowing biblical passages that reinforce their pre-existing beliefs, a Bible professor says.

“Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book,” says Rabbi Rami Shapiro, who once had to persuade a student in his Bible class at Middle Tennessee State University that the saying “this dog won’t hunt” doesn’t appear in the Book of Proverbs.

“They have memorized parts of texts that they can string together to prove the biblical basis for whatever it is they believe in,” he says, “but they ignore the vast majority of the text."

Phantom biblical passages work in mysterious ways

Ignorance isn’t the only cause for phantom Bible verses. Confusion is another.

Some of the most popular faux verses are pithy paraphrases of biblical concepts or bits of folk wisdom.

Consider these two:

“God works in mysterious ways.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

Both sound as if they are taken from the Bible, but they’re not. The first is a paraphrase of a 19th century hymn by the English poet William Cowper (“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform).

The “cleanliness” passage was coined by John Wesley, the 18th century evangelist who founded Methodism,  says Thomas Kidd, a history professor at Baylor University in Texas.

“No matter if John Wesley or someone else came up with a wise saying - if it sounds proverbish, people figure it must come from the Bible,” Kidd says.

Our fondness for the short and tweet-worthy may also explain our fondness for phantom biblical phrases. The pseudo-verses function like theological tweets: They’re pithy summarizations of biblical concepts.

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” falls into that category. It’s a popular verse - and painful for many kids. Could some enterprising kid avoid the rod by pointing out to his mother that it's not in the Bible?

It’s doubtful. Her possible retort: The popular saying is a distillation of Proverbs 13:24: “The one who withholds [or spares] the rod is one who hates his son.”

Another saying that sounds Bible-worthy: “Pride goes before a fall.” But its approximation, Proverbs 16:18, is actually written: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

There are some phantom biblical verses for which no excuse can be offered. The speaker goofed.

That’s what Bruce Wells, a theology professor, thinks happened to Ditka, the former NFL coach, when he strayed from the gridiron to biblical commentary during his 1993 press conference in Chicago.

Wells watched Ditka’s biblical blunder on local television when he lived in Chicago. After Ditka cited the mysterious passage, reporters scrambled unsuccessfully the next day to find the biblical source.

They should have consulted Wells, who is now director of the ancient studies program at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania. Wells says Ditka’s error probably came from a peculiar feature of the King James Bible.

“My hunch on the Ditka quote is that it comes from a quirk of the King James translation,” Wells says. “Ancient Hebrew had a particular way of saying things like, ‘and the next thing that happened was…’ The King James translators of the Old Testament consistently rendered this as ‘and it came to pass.’ ’’

When phantom Bible passages turn dangerous

People may get verses wrong, but they also mangle plenty of well-known biblical stories as well.

Two examples: The scripture never says a whale swallowed Jonah, the Old Testament prophet, nor did any New Testament passages say that three wise men visited baby Jesus, scholars say.

Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity.

Most people know the popular version - Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It’s been downhill ever since.

But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

“Genesis mentions nothing but a serpent,” says Kevin Dunn, chair of the department of religion at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“Not only does the text not mention Satan, the very idea of Satan as a devilish tempter postdates the composition of the Garden of Eden story by at least 500 years,” Dunn says.

Getting biblical scriptures and stories wrong may not seem significant, but it can become dangerous, one scholar says.

Most people have heard this one: “God helps those that help themselves.” It’s another phantom scripture that appears nowhere in the Bible, but many people think it does. It's actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation's founding fathers.

The passage is popular in part because it is a reflection of cherished American values: individual liberty and self-reliance, says Sidnie White Crawford, a religious studies scholar at the University of Nebraska.

Yet that passage contradicts the biblical definition of goodness: defining one’s worth by what one does for others, like the poor and the outcast, Crawford says.

Crawford cites a scripture from Leviticus that tells people that when they harvest the land, they should leave some “for the poor and the alien” (Leviticus 19:9-10), and another passage from Deuteronomy that declares that people should not be “tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor.”

“We often infect the Bible with our own values and morals, not asking what the Bible’s values and morals really are,” Crawford says.

Where do these phantom passages come from?

It’s easy to blame the spread of phantom biblical passages on pervasive biblical illiteracy. But the causes are varied and go back centuries.

Some of the guilty parties are anonymous, lost to history. They are artists and storytellers who over the years embellished biblical stories and passages with their own twists.

If, say, you were an anonymous artist painting the Garden of Eden during the Renaissance, why not portray the serpent as the devil to give some punch to your creation? And if you’re a preacher telling a story about Jonah, doesn’t it just sound better to say that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, not a “great fish”?

Others blame the spread of phantom Bible passages on King James, or more specifically the declining popularity of the King James translation of the Bible.

That translation, which marks 400 years of existence this year, had a near monopoly on the Bible market as recently as 50 years ago, says Douglas Jacobsen, a professor of church history and theology at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“If you quoted the Bible and got it wrong then, people were more likely to notice because there was only one text,” he says. “Today, so many different translations are used that almost no one can tell for sure if something supposedly from the Bible is being quoted accurately or not.”

Others blame the spread of phantom biblical verses on Martin Luther, the German monk who ignited the Protestant Reformation, the massive “protest” against the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church that led to the formation of Protestant church denominations.

“It is a great Protestant tradition for anyone - milkmaid, cobbler, or innkeeper - to be able to pick up the Bible and read for herself. No need for a highly trained scholar or cleric to walk a lay person through the text,” says Craig Hazen, director of the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University in Southern California.

But often the milkmaid, the cobbler - and the NFL coach - start creating biblical passages without the guidance of biblical experts, he says.

“You can see this manifest today in living room Bible studies across North America where lovely Christian people, with no training whatsoever, drink decaf, eat brownies and ask each other, ‘What does this text mean to you?’’’ Hazen says.

“Not only do they get the interpretation wrong, but very often end up quoting verses that really aren’t there.”

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Books • Christianity • Faith

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  1. Loki

    seems a lot of people don't let the facts confuse them

    June 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  2. superfluous

    Why bother to educate an atheist or a so-called christian that does not study. Too many opinions and not enough truth. Scholars of men are discredited. Scholars of Jesus or whatever name you choose to call Him, he is still the savior for all mankind. He appoints the speakers for righteousness. School does not interpret the scriptures, studying with an open mind to learn the truth reveals the authenticity of the bible. This is sickening how such frivolous things becomes head of topics but if I were to show you the way through Jesus you would find a way to exclude or discredit that. I will say this, everything that the bible has spoken of past,present and future has always shown up, nevertheless you people of scholars of men find yourself entangled in their theories that extrapolate from men. Our source is an intangible source. And because a foolish and wicked generation seeks a sign, there isn't any due to unbelief. There will come a time when all lies will be manifested and Gods truth will prevail. The question is will you be on the right side. Mans proclivity is evident and erroneous. So why do we search out lies in stead of seek the truth. And I am not talking about the truth of man and his repudiated theories gathered throughout history from other misguided men.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Hmmm

      So does this means that a woman raised in Saudi Arabia, who is brainwashed into Islam, gets a free pass to heaven because she never learned about the bible? If yes, please explain Gods supposed favoritism. Thanks.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Oso

      Why bother to post such a lame and superfluous opinion as yours?
      The irony is amazing. You say nothing and have pride in your lack of discernment.
      Your soul must be worthless, for that is how you are treating it.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • E.

      You do know Islam was founded by Muhammed after hearing from the same God that Christians worship. Muslims realize and respect Jesus as a prophet and their holy book is very similar to the Bible. We as people do not know how God will judge, it isn't our duty to worry about such things. Jesus destroyed death for all the pagans that didn't worship Jesus because they didn't know of him or christianity yet. Anyone who tries to condemn another for whatever reason assumes the role of God and that is the worst sin.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • wonuakintunde

      No matter the excuse, God's word is the BIBLE and should be shared undiluted so it does not loose it's potency or meaning. so, we don't read out of context. the idea of the write-up is more like some are loosing the very point in the word and using it to justify their lifestyle as they deem fit. to an extent, i seem to reason with you though. God help us to live our lives as unto him. SHALOM.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  3. Knowledgeispower

    Judge not lest ye be judged is another phrase that is used by people to say don't judge other people. But the full passage is (paraphrased) Judge not lest ye be judged, BY THE SAME RULE YOU JUDGE, YOU SHALL BE JUDGED. The passage actually allows for judgement of others but one must be prepared to be judged by the same standards.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Nacho1

      Yes..................and this applies to George Bush and Barack Obama and George Soros too................

      June 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Alverant

      So does that mean we can judge God by the same standards he judges others? Good. We Atheists have been doing that for centuries and christians have never done that. If they did, they wouldn't be christians.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • JackStraw19631

      How does the second part of your quotation amplify at all the first? It sounds redundant to me. Don't judge others or you'l;l be judged too, and if you do judge others, you'll be judged the same way. Is there something I'm missing here?

      June 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  4. Nacho1

    No matter who wins this eons old fight of good over evil and evil over good...............does not matter.............Mother Nature is STILL going to kick butt whether we like it or not................she is the heavyweight.................

    June 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  5. Eileen

    I don't think most people took these phrases as literal bible verses. I know I don't. I think they're just sayings that developed over time and through people's own interpretations. That's how language works!

    June 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  6. DN3

    Some of these religious blunders are important, some are not. I don't really see anything though that significant in the examples cited by the author. Who cares if the serpent in the Garden of Eden is Satan or not? We can hopefully agree that the serpent was evil and that Eve was tempted by evil. And the whale vs a great fish? Please - what's the big deal here? It was probably a shark but whatever. I agree with one of the posters that the main point is being missed. And might I remind some that the Bible is simply a guide - contrary to some people's belief, it doesn't have all the answers. That's what God is there for. It is dangerous to be closed minded about the meaning of the Bible. A belief is a belief and has nothing to do with truth.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  7. Jarno

    It is telling how many Christians commenting perceive this article as some sort of an attack on the Bible or Christianity. It clearly is not. It is simply pointing out that Christians very often attribute to the Bible things that aren't there.

    This reaction shows that these Christians feel that pointing out a fault in them personally (negligence in actually reading the Bible), is an attack on the Bible, rather than pointing out a simple human failing on their part.

    The Bible is regularly used by many, if not most Christians as a simple source of quotes to be cherry picked so that they feel that their view – whatever it is – is divinely justified. And because the Bible has passages to suit just about any opinion, this tactic guarantees that "God always thinks like you do". The slave owners used the Bible to justify their position, as did the abolitionists. Want to hate gays, or love them? Just pick your passage, and disregard the rest, and you're all set! Divinely justified in your opionion.

    This makes Christianity – for many Christians – little more than an ego-boost.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  8. Jim M

    Isn't conditioning for control and power wonderful?

    June 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  9. philosoraptor

    isn't religion just an ancient convenient way of explaining things that we don't understand? with so many great strides in science, i wonder why religion isn't dying down. for one, the concept of Satan was created by followers of some religions to ostracize the people who didn't believe. two, i'm sure many, many texts have been misconstrued and tampered with over the years that organized religion has been around – thats what happens when you put something as 'perfect' as religion into the hands of imperfect believers. three, why can't we all just have an unfiltered belief in god? #randomrambles

    June 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Aleatha Carr

      Well, at least in the US, as our public educational system has declined over the last few decades, religiosity has gone up.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  10. Stanley Paul Macieiski

    hahahahaha Mike Ditka is my hero...even if he is full of sh***t

    June 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      He might not have been quoting or even paraphrasing scripture, but he did manage to quote Abraham Lincoln. Which makes Ditka EVEN F'N COOLER.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  11. Mark Angel

    Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden right? YESSSS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    That's one of many "TRUTHS" that people "KNOW" are in the Bible.

    If you believe that the OLD and NEW Testaments are "THE BIBLE" then "THE BIBLE" DOES CALL THE SERPENT SATAN !

    Rev 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient "SERPENT" called the devil, or "SATAN", who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

    {{{ It is also true that (sadly) many people do not read the Bible and misquote it. The other quotations can be "assembled-paraphrased-implications" of what the Bible teaches. But besides the moral truths and hopes for knowing what is or is not biblically correct in scripture.}}}

    One question remains more important than the rest...

    Do you know the way to eternal life?

    Solomon said "Everything is meaningless!" Ecc 12:8
    Eccl 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

    John 14:10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
    John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command.

    1 John 2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
    1 John 2:4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    John 6:53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
    John 6:54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

    Mat 26:19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

    Mat 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
    Mat 26:27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
    Mat 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

    You know the way to eternal life...
    Passover!

    June 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      How many of you dolts am I going to have to correct? The author said the devil and serpent are not equated in GENESIS. He said nothing about it being completely omitted from the bible.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Oso

      If your soul is important to you, then why do you believe what others tell you without any proof?
      You are a sucker for emotional hype.
      People like you are born every minute. You say the Bible is important yet you have absolutely no proof that this is so.
      The Bible is useless, there is no god, and you are not guilty of violating stupid rules thought up by some random goatherder-mystic with an agenda.
      But of course you will refuse to listen to reason even though there are passages in your Bible that condemn your blindness.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  12. John Q. Public

    "... and God said, don't vote for Sarah Palin, you fools!")....

    June 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Nacho1

      Vote for bacteria.........Obama has plenty of them...............

      June 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  13. PauletteB

    Despite the claims of DOC and many of the other psuedo-biblical scholars posting here, there is nothing in this article that is anti-Bible. Blake is merely pointing out that many quotes people think come from the Bible actually are misquotes or come from other sources and that some people want to believe such passages are biblical because they support their personal morality. As a Born Again Christian, I HAVE read the Bible cover to cover several times. I know what's there and what isn't; I also know that the Bible frequently contradicts itself. Henry VIII used one biblical passage to support his marriage to his brother's widow and another to support his claim that doing so was an abomination. To DOC and others of his/her ilk who claim the article is anti-Bible: "That dog won't hunt."

    June 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  14. Robert

    Where in the Bible dose it say the forbidden friut was an apple?? Please point ouit all the mistakes when quoting from the good book.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • yuppiecat

      It was in an earlier English translation (1600's or so), and has since been removed. It is unknown what type of "fruit" it actually was. It is interesting to note that the Tree of Life was in the same garden. But they weren't hanging around in those parts. Our knack for "being at the wrong place at the wrong time" (not in the Bible) is hereditary.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Nacho1

      You're so correct....................God never had little green apples..................he had a cooler full of Miller Lite.............after what he went through for 6000 years creating all this stuff....he needed a cold beer..............

      June 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  15. battergrl

    Thank U, Shannon/1972. Needed too hear that...

    June 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  16. Deep North

    People keep arguing whether Satan was written about in Genesis or The Book of Revelation. The name of the article was "That's not in the BIBLE" He referred to the entire bible right up front.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  17. pithymcgee

    Is it any wonder that the believers here are constantly tossing out the "he said that the serpent isn't in the Garden of Eden in the Bible, THAT'S WRONG!!!!" argument obviously have some problems with reading comprehension? smh

    June 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  18. John

    Davison: If you don't believe it, fine. No one's asking you to! The article is about what's in the bible and there are several of us on the comment page that are merely pointing out that some of the things the author says are not in there actually are.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      Like the serpent thing? The thing the author said is not in GENESIS? It isn't. He's right. It's in Revelations, genius. Get some reading comprehension skills.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Oso

      John, did you ever stop to think that there are more versions of the Bible than the one you are using?

      June 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • someguy

      @pithymcgee: The point is, they are trying to say that people are wrong for assuming the serpent who tempted Eve was Satan. We know it was Satan, though, and we know it isn't wrong to think so because of passages like Revelation 12:9.

      What if you were reading a story that said that the head of Al-Qaeda was shot and killed on May 2, 2011, it didn't name the person - but I told you that it was Osama bin Laden? Would that fact still be wrong, even though the original story didn't name anyone by name?

      June 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • The Truth Will Set You Free from Ignorance

      It's not a secret... It's been there all along..gaining accurate knowledge is the means to learning the TRUTH! For many who havnt yet obtained a sense of appreciation for the Bible yet quote and place the Devil Satan in the Garden will ONE day Respect the Information preserved through the centuries. Having learned this...Wld u like to know how throughout ALL mankind history during that time...NO one knew that an angel had "Fallen" from his position to Mislead the entire inhabited Earth?? That's why many failed to believe in GOD they "though" God was causing ALL the wickedness... Now that WE have been given this KNOWLEDGE... How are we showing The Most High We appreciate Him???

      June 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      Someguy – the fact is that the author doesn't say it's not in the bible, he says it's not in Genesis. You and so many others here are construing this article as an attack on your faith. That doesn't give people license to moan about how the author is a liar.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  19. Phil Newton

    Just as "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" is attributed to Shakespeare, when in fact it was from a 1920s Listerine ad.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Oso

      Actually its "three times a bridesmaid, never a bride"...and it was an old saying long before the 1920s.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  20. Morris Townson

    What is really interesting is reading the full translated text by Z. Sitchin. Then you really get the picture.

    And of course, don't forget who put the bible together and started the religion, no it wasn't a man named Jesus. It was Emperor Constantine in 345 AD. There is no historical evidence that Jesus ever really existed.

    June 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • John

      Where's the evidence that Socrates existed? Or Newton? Or Julius Caesar? Do we have their picture or their DNA? We believe the history books don't we? The bible is not only a book of faith, but also a history book.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • UncleM

      There is plenty of independent historical evidence for the figures you mentioned. There's nothing to support 99% of what's in the bible because it is predominantly myth.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • pithymcgee

      Wrong, John. It's not a history book. And part of the reason we believe Socrates, Cesar, et al, existed is that they left their OWN WRITINGS.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • josephus

      Ummmm, yes have you ever heard of Josephus. He was an ancient historian who current hisorians use his works. Goolge him you might learn something. Try to do some research before "misquoting" truth.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Soylent

      That's interesting, since Constantine died in 337AD.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • R F Carpenter

      WHAT?????? Are you serious??????? You say: "There is NO HISTORICAL evidence that Jesus ever existed"
      what rock have you been under Sport..... I guess Hitler didn't gas any Jews either.... GMAB

      June 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Dcn. Bill

      This is to simple of an explaination. Constantine had nothing to do with the establishment of the Bible, although he did call the 1st Council of Nicea which led to the first universal (catholic) creed. The first list of New Testament writtings that we use today was by Athanasius who became Bishop of Alexanderia about 6 to 10 years before the Council. Ireanus of Lyon (Gaul) was the first to list the four Gospels and that was around 200AD.

      June 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Shane

      Constantine created Christianity? Really? What about the Christian catacombs in Rome that existed at least 2 centuries before Constantine came about? What about Eastern Orthodox denominations that are older than Roman Catholicism?

      June 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Ogre

      josephus

      "Ummmm, yes have you ever heard of Josephus. He was an ancient historian who current hisorians use his works. Goolge him you might learn something. Try to do some research before "misquoting" truth."

      It is you, sir, who must do some research. You might find out (among other things):

      1. Josephus merely reported about what the followers of a man named 'Jesus' claimed.

      2. Some writings attributed to Josephus were more than likely added to the Bible in the 4th century by Eusebius.

      3. Josephus was a Jew. He remained a Jew until he died. Don't you think that if he really believed that 'Jesus' was the Messiah, he would have run right over and joined that cult?

      June 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
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