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August 06, 2015
Performing the City
And now, for something (not) completely different. In recent months, I have been working on...
August 01, 2015
Bill Hamblin: End of Debate?
Bill Hamblin is presently not saying much in our continuing debate. Frankly, I am pretty...
July 31, 2015
The Persian Package
I have posted frequently about the major change that occurs within Judaism in the two...
July 27, 2015
Warlords and Holy Men
I steal my title from a classic book on early Scottish history by Alfred P....
July 26, 2015
Debating Ancient Book of Mormon Fantasies
I have been engaged in exchanges with Bill Hamblin at his blog, on the subject...
July 24, 2015
Jesus, Ebionites and Jewish-Christians
Reading Robert Graves’s 1946 novel King Jesus is like undertaking an archaeological dig into intellectual...
July 18, 2015
Of Bill Hamblin, History and the Book of Mormon
I have been engaged in a debate of sorts with Bill Hamblin on the historicity...
July 17, 2015
Jesus the Essene
I have been posting about Robert Graves’s 1946 novel King Jesus, which presented a wealth...
July 13, 2015
A classic book can change your life. Oddly, on occasion, a much lesser and truly...
July 12, 2015
Apples, Oranges and Nephites
Neil Rappleye is a Book of Mormon apologist. He recently did a piece about me...
July 10, 2015
Scripture and Sedition
The Hasmonean rulers of the independent Jewish kingdom (165 BC – 63 BC) were the...
July 05, 2015
The Book of Mormon, Revisited
No, that’s not a reference to the musical. In recent weeks, I have posted several...
July 03, 2015
Pseudo-Prophets and Real Kings
The independent Jewish kingdom of the second and first centuries BC – the Hasmonean state...
June 29, 2015
Blows Against the Empire
People in the modern West are properly critical of the whole idea of imperialism, and...
June 26, 2015
Parties at War
Reading Josephus’s history of the Jewish people in the century or so before the Common...
June 21, 2015
Paul the Covert
I have to share this. One of the classic works on Judaism and early Christianity...
June 19, 2015
The Age of Tyrants
Josephus recorded the history of the Jewish people in the last two centuries before the...
June 15, 2015
I have been working on the two or three centuries before the start of the...
June 14, 2015
The Nahom Follies
I wasn’t planning to write this piece, but so many of the comments on my...
June 12, 2015
My recent columns have concerned methods of academic debate, and the gulf that separates true...
June 05, 2015
Academic Heresy and Atlantic Ice
I have been writing about the nature of academic debate, and how scholars assess claims....
June 01, 2015
Myth-History and Real History
Over the past few weeks, I have been posting about the Book of Mormon, and...
May 29, 2015
What Scholars Do
I have been discussing the historical credentials of the Book of Mormon, in order to...
May 24, 2015
Buddhists, Christians, and Godly Prosperity
The Buddhist magazine Tricycle sometimes offers really fine writing, and the past Spring issue included...
May 22, 2015
Ordinary Faith and Extraordinary History
As a historical source on the ancient Americas, the Book of Mormon is worthless. That...
May 18, 2015
Wandering Over the Plains of the Nephites
In my last post, on the Book of Mormon, I asked a question: Does the...
May 17, 2015
Mormons and New World History
Recently, I have been posting on fringe and mainstream ideas in scholarship, and have identified...
May 15, 2015
The Monte Verde Principle
I have been discussing fringe or marginal theories that run contrary to the scholarly consensus...
May 08, 2015
Outliers and Iconoclasts
I have been writing about mainstream and fringe scholarship, and defending the sometimes unpopular idea...
May 04, 2015
I Want to Believe
Last year, Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson published an impressively dreadful book called The Lost...
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