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June 7, 2020
Pastor Homer Hutto
The marble tablet measures 24 by 15 inches, with the koine Greek inscription appearing in fourteen lines.
The Nazareth Inscription or Nazareth decree is a marble tablet inscribed in Greek with an edict from an unnamed Caesar ordering capital punishment for anyone caught disturbing graves or tombs. It is dated on the basis of epigraphy to the first half of the 1st century AD.
The text is read by scholars in the context of Roman law pertaining to exhumation and reburial, mentioned also by Pliny the Younger. (Pliny the Younger was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Pliny the Younger wrote hundreds of letters, of which 247 survive and are of great historical value. Some are addressed to reigning emperors or to notables such as the historian Tacitus. Pliny served as an imperial magistrate under the Roman Emperor Trajan (reigned 98–117), and his letters to Trajan provide one of the few surviving records of the relationship between the imperial office and provincial governors.
Although the text contains no reference to Jesus of Nazareth, it has been of interest to some authors for its indirect relationship to the historical record of unusual circumstances surrounding the death and burial of Jesus.
Edict of Caesar
It is my decision [concerning] graves and tombs—whoever has made them for the religious observances of parents, or children, or household members—that these remain undisturbed forever. But if anyone legally charges that another person has destroyed, or has in any manner extracted those who have been buried, or has moved with wicked intent those who have been buried to other places, committing a crime against them, or has moved sepulcher-sealing stones, against such a person, I order that a judicial tribunal be created, just as [is done] concerning the gods in human religious observances, even more so will it be obligatory to treat with honor those who have been entombed. You are absolutely not to allow anyone to move [those who have been entombed]. But if [someone does], I wish that [violator] to suffer capital punishment under the title of tomb-breaker.
"Why do you need the Bible"
This question may not hold an easy answer for you. Perhaps you love to ponder its marvelous truths about God, His Creation, and the incredible, everlasting blessings He has provided for you in Christ. Or maybe you'd rather answer in deeply personal terms, reflecting on a life-altering crisis in which the Bible's precious words brought hope and healing. Most Christians probably have experienced help from the Bible on both of these levels, resting in the comfort of its timeless truth while rejoicing in beautiful memories of how the Word has guided them through life's challenges. And so, as you move through this unit on why we need the Bible, take time to reflect on the ways God's Word has impacted your life in the past.
The unit begins by exploring what the Bible says about itself. You'll learn why you can trust in the authority of Scripture to inform your beliefs about truth and govern your life in response to truth. We live in a relativistic world, where truth seems subject tot he latest winds of culture. It is critical that every believer recognize and respect Scripture's unique authority.
Lesson 2 offers practical application of Scripture's authority, establishing the Bible as your souce for moral guidance and instruction, As such, the lesson will help you be better quipped to explore Scripture intellectually as well as in practical terms - as illustrated in the lesson's Central Truth: submitting to Biblical moral teaching leads to a good and fruitful life. Then, lesson 3 builds on this by exploring specific ways Scripture speaks. That is , Scripture gives both information about living for God and direction in how to do so.
Lesson 4, a study on what the Bible says about families, is especially important. the very concept of "family" us rooted in the Creation account of Scripture. Out of those origins you will learn both God's plan for the family and His desire regarding how the family is to function within society.
Lessons 5-7 end the unit with practical instruction as to how you can and should functions as "salt and light" in the spiritually lost world around you. Through the course of these lessons, you will explore ways in which Scripture can provide positive influence upon society and also serve to instruct Christians as to how they live out their faith among friends, neighbors, strangers, and in the marketplace.
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