History of Easter: The Players: Where are They Now?

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HISTORY OF EASTER: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PLAYERS AFTERWARD You may be asking yourself, “Self,” you ask, “where are they now?” And well you might ask. What happened to our players AFTER the events in the Easter story?   Herod Antipas You may remember that I had said Antipas‘ taking his brother’s wife Herodias as…

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History of the Trial: How many did Jesus have?

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THE TRIAL OF JESUS Beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday morning of Holy Week, Jesus’s trial, which led to his crucifixion, was, in reality, a series of about half a dozen trials distributed across several locations in Jerusalem. Some of these locations are captured in the tradition of the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow.…

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History of Holy Wednesday: Why was it called Spy Wednesday?

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HISTORY OF HOLY WEDNESDAY The Wednesday of Passion Week – called “Passion” from the Latin passio, meaning suffering – is called Holy Wednesday. Alternatively, it is called Good Wednesday in the Western Church or Great and Holy Wednesday in the Eastern Church. It was previously called Spy Wednesday and was about Judas Iscariot. That Wednesday…

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My Top 5 Articles of 2022

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My Top 5 Articles of 2022     These are the Top 5 articles from my blog this year based on the number of reader views at billpetro.com:   1. History of Telemachus The story of the monk who caused the Roman gladiatorial games to be ended upon his martyrdom on January 1, A.D. 404. It is often told…

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My Top 5 Articles of 2021

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  These are the Top 5 articles from my blog this year based on the number of reader views at billpetro.com:   Top 5 of 2021   1. History of Telemachus This is the oft-told story of the monk who caused the Roman gladiatorial games to be ended upon his martyrdom on January 1, A.D.…

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History of the Trial

THE TRIAL OF JESUS The trial of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion was actually a series of perhaps half a dozen trials, across several locations in Jerusalem, some of which are captured in the tradition of the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow, a series of locations that pilgrims take through the streets of…

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Historical Climate of Easter

HISTORICAL CLIMATE OF EASTER What was the historical climate surrounding the last week of the life of Jesus of Nazareth? This man born to die, not just in the normal sense, but in some special sense, entered Jerusalem amidst a torrent of political, social and economic turbulence. The events in Palestine at this time are…

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