About the Author: Dr. Peter E. Lewis

Peter Lewis is an independent Australian scholar not connected to any university or seminary. Although he has postgraduate qualifications in biblical studies his career has been medical. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has worked as a surgeon in developing countries (Bangladesh and the Solomon Islands). He is also a numismatist and has written books and many articles about coins relating to the history of Christianity. Currently he is a Research Associate for the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History, https://cccrh.org
  • By Published On: May 30, 2024

    People enter the Kingdom in an existential and emotional way. Christians are with Christ existentially because each human being is an independent conscious entity.

  • By Published On: May 9, 2024

    This is a plea for Christians to realize the significance of Isaiah 53 for their understanding of who Jesus was and what he did. I believe that he was motivated by love to take on the role of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53.

  • By Published On: January 8, 2024

    The Second Coming of Christ is an erroneous idea that developed among Christians in the last third of the first century AD. It weakened the assurance that the first Christians had that the kingdom of God had come.

  • By Published On: July 9, 2022

    I do not know. Nobody knows. There is no certainty in religion: faith and doubt must go hand-in-hand.

  • By Published On: May 5, 2022

    In his important book, "Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes", John Shelby Spong pointed out that the followers of Jesus who wrote about his life were all Jews

  • By Published On: January 21, 2022

    The religious culture in which Jesus lived was the sacrificial culture centred on the temple in Jerusalem. It provided the background to his thinking and that of most other Jews including Paul, and the idea of sacrifice continued to influence the thinking of the first Christians.

  • By Published On: April 30, 2021

    I have come to realize how different Jesus was and that his life before his baptism was the foundation for what became Christianity. Although his mission began suddenly when he was about 30, his previous experience must have provided the motivation for what he said and did.

  • By Published On: April 22, 2021

    Mark wrote his gospel in Rome in about 52 AD. Such an early date is very much a minority view these days, but the more I investigated the matter the more convinced I became. The date is important because if Mark wrote only about twenty years after Jesus’ crucifixion it supports the essential truthfulness of his account.

  • By Published On: April 2, 2021

    I have been thinking about the ending of Luke’s gospel. Luke’s ending (24:1-53) is based on Mark’s ending (16:1-20) and is a modified and magnified version of it. When this is realized one can work out how Luke’s ending developed into its final form. Also one needs to understand that during this period of development a pro-Peter group had become powerful in Rome.

  • The Key to Understanding the Gospels and Christianity

    By Published On: May 14, 2020

    Scholarship and determined exploration of ancient sources for the canonical gospel of Mark has brought great rewards for the writer and readers of The Ending of Mark's Gospel.