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Greetings from Italy — Well, Sort of…

I intended to send a daily blog from Italy while our MBH (Museum of Biblical History) group was there.  Technical difficulties intervened.  Result -- no daily blog.  If you watched for it every day (April 22 -- May 3), please accept my apologies.  In the next several days I hope to share some of the experiences we enjoyed on this tour of mainland Italy, Sicily, and Malta.

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“He is not here”

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightening, and his raiment

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The Chi-Rho Symbol

 

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   A circle with three straight lines drawn through its diameter may be seen on the street leading from the harbor of ancient Ephesus up to its great theatre (Acts 19:29).  From the time the circle was etched there, on the surface of the marble street, Christians arriving by sea knew they had brothers and sisters in Ephesus.  theatre2

   To a pagan passerby the circle might have looked like a rather simple graffito, perhaps with meaning, perhaps not.  But to a Christian the lines in the circle formed a X (Chi), the first letter of the word Christ, in the Greek language.  The lines also described a P (Rho), the second letter of the same word in Greek.

ChiRho2    In later, more stylized renditions of this Chi-Rho symbol, the P (Rho) was clearly inscribed and the letters Alpha and Omega in Greek were sometimes written from left to right in the circle.  These letters, the first and the last of the Greek alphabet, referred to Jesus as “the beginning and the end” (Rev. 1:8, 17) and, therefore, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father (Isa. 44:6). 

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Will You Stand Alone?

In the New Testament, with the exception of passages in the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted, after his ascension, as sitting at the right hand of the Father:

"...neither was he left unto hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we [the 12 apostles] are all witnesses....The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I

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Two Women of Thyatira

   There is not much left of the ancient city of

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