Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt to claim that Targum Jonathan provides evidence of Isaiah 53 being interpreted before the rise of Christianity in terms of a suffering messiah. In fact it shows the opposite: when that interpreter treated the passage messianically, he made it the messiah’s enemies who suffer rather than the messiah himself!
John Loftus argues that Jesus mythicism doesn’t do atheism any favors. Tom Verenna mentions a book he edited on the question of Jesus’ historicity (although the table of contents suggests that the volume is not going to address that topic consistently and directly in the manner many might expect). I hope I get sent a review copy!
Bob Cargill and Jim West discuss the alleged “Arimathea” name among the residents in the Talpiot apartment building that is over one of the tombs. Jim also suggests that the Canadian version of the recent documentary may have differed from the one shown in the United States.