BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Luke 5:17-26 – One day, Jesus was teaching the people. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, too. They had come from every village in Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. The Lord God was giving Jesus the power to heal people. 18Look, there was a man who was paralyzed. Some men carried him on a small bed. The men were trying to bring him and put him down in front of Jesus, 19but there were so many people that the men couldn’t find a way to get to Jesus. So, the men went up on top of the roof. They lowered the crippled man on his small bed down through a hole in the ceiling into the room in front of Jesus. 20Jesus saw that these men believed. He said to the sick man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven!” 21The teachers of the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, “Who is this man!? He speaks such an evil thing! Only God can forgive sins!” 22But Jesus knew what they were thinking. He answered them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts!? 23Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven.’, or to say, ‘Stand up and walk.’? 24I will prove to you that Ic have the authority to forgive sins on earth.” So, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, stand up! Pick up your bed and go home!” 25Immediately, the man got up in front of all of them. He took his little bed and went home, praising God. 26All of the people were completely amazed. They began to praise God. They were filled with awe. They said, “Today we have seen amazing things!”
- Several homes of the first-century have been excavated in Capernaum. One has been declared by archaeologist Prof. Vasillios Tsaferis, Director of Excavation Services for the Israel Government Antiquities Authority, said “the excavation team discovered remarkable evidence, including inscriptions, which indicate that this place was indeed the site of some of the most significant events recorded in the gospel accounts.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Judges 5:10 – “You persons who ride on white donkeysd and who sit on expensive saddle blankets, listen! And you people who walk along the road, sing!
- Judges 10:3-4 – After Tola died, Jair became the leader of Israel for 22 years. He lived in the region of Gilead. 4Jair had 30 sons who rode on 30 donkeys. These 30 sons controlled 30 towns in Gilead. (These towns are called Havvoth-Jair to this day.)a
- I Kings 1:33-34 – 33Then the king said to them, “Take my officers with you and put my son Solomon on my own mule.s Take Solomon down to the Gihon Spring.t 34Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet pour olive oil on Solomon there and make him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and shout: ‘May King Solomon live long!’
- Around 250 BC, Ptolemy ordered the Hebrew text (Old Testament, completed around 400 BC) to be translated into Greek and put in the library at Alexandria, Egypt. Seventy-two Jewish elders who also knew Greek were called on to carry this out. What resulted was the Septuagent, an accurate translation of the Old Testament of which we today have manuscripts from that time. It is no different than the English translations we have today. Homer wrote The Iliad around 900 BC, but the earliest manuscript we have was written 500 years later. There are 643 copies and 764 lines in doubt. On the other hand, We have 5300 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, 10,000 Latin, and 24,000 in other languages. Entire manuscripts we have today were penned beginning 250 years after Christ, and fragments the same century as Jesus. The New Testament has only 643 lines in doubt.
OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
Season 1, Dream Maker, “God Eyes”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Power House”
Season 1, Dream Maker, Hand of God”