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1. Did Constantine commission and finance a new Bible that omitted certain gospels?

Dr. Darrell L. Bock Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good
Dr. Darrell L. Bock Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good
 

2. Did the early Christians consider Jesus only a mere mortal before Constantine and the Council of Nicaea “invented” the doctrine of his deity in A.D. 325?

Dr. Darrell L. Bock    
Dr. Darrell L. Bock    

3. Was Jesus’ deity determined by a close vote of the bishops present at the Council of Nicaea?

Dr. Darrell L. Bock    
Dr. Darrell L. Bock    

4. Are the Gospels of Philip and Mary important sources of historical information about Jesus?

Dr. James H.	Charlesworth    
Dr. James H. Charlesworth    

5. Do the gospels of Philip or Mary date to the first century?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman    
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman    

6. Does the Gospel of Philip support the idea that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman    
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman    

7. Should the kiss mentioned in the Gospel of Philip be considered an indication of a sexual relationship?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good

8. Is Dan Brown right in saying the Gnostic writers were interested in a mortal Jesus and it was orthodox Christians who emphasized Jesus as a heavenly being?

Dr. James H.	Charlesworth    
Dr. James H. Charlesworth    

9. Would a volume with the title “The Gnostic Gospels” contain books from the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman  
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman  

10. Are the Nag Hammadi (Gnostic) writings the earliest Christian sources as Dan Brown claims?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman  
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman  

11. Why did Christian bishops in the 4th century reject the Gnostic writings?

Dr. Darrell L. Bock  
Dr. Darrell L. Bock  

12. Is the legend of the Holy Grail supported by historical evidence?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good
13. Is it credible to view the womb of Mary Magdalene as the Holy Grail?

Dr. James H.	Charlesworth    
Dr. James H. Charlesworth    

14. Is there evidence or reason to think Jesus was married?

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman Dr. Deidre J. Good

15. Does it matter to Christianity if Jesus be relegated to merely mortal status?

Dr. Darrell L. Bock  
Dr. Darrell L. Bock  

16, Is there any reason to think that the person to the right of Jesus in the painting the Last Supper is a woman?

>Dr. Denise Budd  
Dr. Denise Budd  

17. How sure can we be what the original painting looked like, and was Leonardo’s depiction of John the Evangelist as young and even somewhat feminine a departure from the norm for this time period?

>Dr. Denise Budd  
Dr. Denise Budd  

18. Is it true that a modern cleaning of the Last Supper painting shed light on the gender of the person to the right of Jesus?

>Dr. Denise Budd  
Dr. Denise Budd  

19. Does Brown’s assertion that the person to right of Jesus is a woman have support among art historians?

>Dr. Denise Budd  
Dr. Denise Budd  

20. Is there credible evidence that Mary Magdalene went to France in the later years of her life?

Dr. James H.	Charlesworth    
Dr. James H. Charlesworth    

 

21. Is the Priory of Sion a secret society that has existed since 1099?

Dr. Jennifer L. Hevelone-Harper  
Dr. Jennifer L. Hevelone-Harper  

 

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