Decades of providing pastoral care and university teaching have given Rev. Dr. Michael Eschelbach ample opportunity to answer countless biblical questions. Why are the Gospel accounts different? Why does the Bible spend so much time listing genealogies? What does Revelation mean?
Dr. Eschelbach offers answers to these questions (and many more) in The Big Book of New Testament Questions and Answers, a comprehensive handbook grounded in solid, biblical theology. The questions were collected from students from over forty New Testament classes and reflect the queries we all have when reading the Bible.
This easy-to-read resource will be helpful for the classroom, Bible study groups, and individual study. We’ve shared some questions and answers regarding the Book of Matthew below, and you can click here for many more examples.
One of the many great features of The Lutheran Bible Companion is the “Questions People Ask About …” section included in several of the chapters. These sections rectify many misconceptions about seemingly contradictory Bible passages and answer common questions people have about the Bible. The following excerpt is taken from the section “Questions People Ask about Matthew.”
How Long Was Jesus in the Grave?
Some people hold that there is a discrepancy between the prediction of Jesus that He would be in the sepulchre three days and three nights (Mt 12:40) and the account of His death and resurrection, according to which He was put to death on a Friday afternoon and raised from the dead on the following Sunday morning. If we compute the time in which the body of our Lord lay in the grave, we have a few hours remaining of Friday, which ended at sunset on the day of crucifixion, then the night and the day which constituted Saturday or the Sabbath, and finally that part of Sunday which lay between sunset on Saturday and the resurrection on Sunday morning. In other words, Jesus was in the grave a part of a day, a whole 24-hour day, and another part of a day. It must be remembered that the Jews began their day at sunset. Does the resurrection account contradict the prophecy of Jesus that states that He would be in the grave three days and three nights?