Hurtado Again on Did Jesus Exist


The “Did Jesus Exist” Controversy–Encore by larryhurtadoWell, in the four days since I posted my weariness with being asked to engage erroneous statements and often re-treaded claims by a new mini-circle of people attempting to deny that there was a historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth, there has certainly been some lively interest. I've tried to engage serious comments and queries, but it remains to be seen whether those to whom I've responded are really interested in considering matters p … [Read more...]

Goodbye Mr. Evans— a Tribute to Bill Evans! … [Read more...]

Paul and Rhetoric— a Review


The long running SNTS seminar 'Paul and Rhetoric' has produced some excellent discussion about Paul's use of Greco-Roman rhetoric, and various collections of essays have been published on this subject, as a direct product of this seminar, and on the basis of other such seminars in the SBL and elsewhere. This particular volume with the same title as the SNTS seminar includes various essays, variously revised or translated or both (everything is in English), from the period of about 2002 to 2008 … [Read more...]

Hurtado’s First Critique of Bousset’s Kyrios Christos


Critique of Bousset Article Availableby larryhurtadoIn one of my very first academic publications, I gave a critique of certain key positions taken in Bousset's classic work, Kyrios Christos (1913), and called for an equivalent effort to build a sounder portrayal of the emergence of earliest Jesus-devotion: Larry W. Hurtado, "New Testament Christology: A Critique of Bousset's Influence," Theological Studies 40 (1979): 306-17. A number of my own publications thereafter were devoted toward … [Read more...]

Hurtado on an Early Christian Papyrus


Kruger on P. Antinoopolis 12 (0232)by larryhurtadoOver the weekend I read with interest the newly-published study of the fragment of 2 John known as P.Antinoopolis 12 (Gregory-Aland 0232) by Michael J. Kruger (former PhD student). The manuscript was dated by C.H. Roberts to the 3rd century CE, and proposed that it originally other Johannine writings, making it the earliest evidence of an early "Johannine corpus" of writings. (The single leaf extant has page numbers preserved: 164-165, so … [Read more...]

What Would the Gospels Look like if They were Fiction……


Here is a program I appeared on recently in Australia. Check out this link. BW3 … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Did Jesus Exist?

Here is a sane response to the recent kerfuffle (which is much ado about not very much) about the existence of Jesus.The “Did Jesus Exist” Controversy and Its Precedents by larryhurtadoWell, the internet is buzzing nowadays with positive and negative responses to Bart Ehrman's recent book: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, written in response to the recent mini-wave of people denying that Jesus of Nazareth was a real historical figure. I haven't read Ehr … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes— A Review Part Ten


One of the more interesting bits of discussion comes in addressing the issue of the Collection for the Jerusalem Church mentioned in 1 Cor. 16 (pp. 484-85). Bailey is of the opinion that when Paul refers to letters of commendation he is talking about letters the Corinthians must write to commend their own members who will carry the collection to Jerusalem, accompanied by Paul. That is, it is not Paul writing the letter of commendation but the Corinthians themselves. This is probably right. … [Read more...]

Why Mormonism is not Christianity– the Issue of Christology


While there are many reasons why Evangelical Christians of all stripes might disagree with Mormon theology, perhaps the most important of these is Christology and the related matter of soteriology.I would encourage you to read carefully through the statement at the link below by a practicing Mormon scholar, presented at Harvard Divinity School a few years ago. Here is the link--- (in order to actually find this … [Read more...]