Special Report

The History of Easter

In the early centuries of what is often called the Christian era, a gulf opened up between professing Christian churches, which commemorated Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, and the apostolic Church Jesus founded, which celebrated His death on Passover. Vision explores this wide divergence in practice.

When Did Jesus Die?

David Hulme

In 2016 Easter took place a month out of sync with the Jewish observance of Passover. Yet according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified at the same time the priests would have been killing the Passover lambs.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 17: The Rejected Stone

Part 17

The Rejected Stone

David Hulme

Jesus’ popularity among the people crescendos upon His arrival in Jerusalem, strengthening the resolve of the religious authorities to kill Him.

The Pass Over to Easter

The Pass Over to Easter

Peter Nathan

The establishment of Easter as a key Christian festival is an example of the syncretization of Judeo-Christian and pagan celebrations.

Easter: An Empty Shell

An Empty Shell

Robert C. Boraker

Easter: How can it be that the book the Christian world calls holy is silent on one of traditional Christianity’s most important celebrations?

How Did Jesus Really Die?

David Hulme

The actual cause of Jesus’ death on the cross has long been debated, but the biblical accounts tell us precisely how, and why, He died.

 

The Resurrection of Jesus

David Hulme

For centuries Christians have celebrated Christ’s resurrection on Sunday. But does the Bible really describe an Easter Sunday resurrection?

 

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 19: Buried Treasure

Part 19

Buried Treasure

David Hulme

In the last days before His crucifixion, Jesus gives His followers some keys to staying faithful until His promised return.

Another Jesus

Another Jesus

David Hulme

Peter Nathan

Two new books attempt to tell the story of the last days of Jesus’ life but go astray in their conclusions.

On the Trail of the Easter Bunny

On the Trail of the Easter Bunny

Alice Abler

Easter is considered one of the oldest and most sacred Christian holidays, but what do rabbits and eggs have to do with the celebration? 

Is Christianity Off Base?

Is Christianity Off Base?

David Hulme

Vision publisher David Hulme interviews theologian John Garr, president of Restoration Foundation, for the Vision.org documentary Quest for the Real Paul

Biography: Polycrates: Unity or Truth

Polycrates: Unity or Truth

Ivor C. Fletcher

Peter Nathan

Early Church leader Polycrates was not afraid to hold fast to his beliefs in the face of persecution. 

Biography: Polycarp

Polycarp: The Apostolic Legacy

Ivor C. Fletcher

Peter Nathan

Personally taught by the apostle John, Polycarp remained totally faithful to the teaching of the apostles.