The Burial of Jesus: Second Edition Published!

I am happy to finally be able to announce that the second edition of my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? has now been released by Patheos Press and is now available for purchase in Kindle format on Amazon.com. Versions in Nook and iBooks format are planned for [Read More...]

“Mary” by Philip Appleman

Years later, it was, after everything got hazy in my head – those buzzing flies, the gossips, graybeards, hustling evangelists – they wanted facts, they said, but what they were really after, was miracles. Miracles, imagine! I was only a girl when it happened, Joseph acting edgy and claiming it wasn’t his baby – – [Read More...]

The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?

An op-ed piece I wrote, with the title “The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?”, has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. Click through to read it, and feel free to share any thoughts you may have about it in the comments section here! [Read more...]

The Brick Nativity

It’s sort of like the Brick Testament meets A Social Network Christmas – and with a hint of sci-fi at the very end (look closely at what the baby Jesus is in!) From The Nativity Factor HT John Byron [Read more...]

Stormtroopers vs. Baby Jesus

The stormtroopers are hot on the heels of the Magi, and send their human conscripts to Bethlehem to try to kill the child. But even though Luke Skywalker gets there too late, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus have escaped to safety… [Read more...]

A Very Social Christmas

I didn’t like this one as much as last year’s equivalent, but it has a few nice moments, and it is still worth sharing, if only as an illustration of the way some try to update ancient stories into a modern medium. HT Chris Brady [Read more...]

The Baptism of Jesus by John in the Mandaean Book of John

I have posted a very rough draft of chapter 30 of the Mandaean Book of John, which depicts Jesus coming to John the Baptist in order to be baptized by him. You can read it by clicking through to the Mandaean Book of John blog. This is one of several chapters that I will be [Read More...]

Wise Time Lords Still Seek Him

I was reminded of two quick passing references on Doctor Who that had completely slipped my mind: I wonder whether somehow missed the first time I saw these episodes, or if perhaps I made a mental note of them but had forgotten by the end of watching them. From “Voyage of the Damned”: ASTRID This [Read More...]

Rafael Rodriguez is (probably) Wrong about his own Wrongness

Rafael kindly responded to my reply to his post, including (in a comment here) the following video, which presumably was meant to indicate that he would be tap dancing around some of the issues.  :-) Rafael mentions a number of topics – such as whether Mark Goodacre is correct about the matter of Q – [Read More...]

Rafael Rodriguez is Wrong on Redaction

Rafael Rodriguez has posted some thoughts on reading Tom Holmén’s entry on “Authenticity Criteria” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Since Rafael and I have had conversations about this topic both in the blogosphere and in person, he won’t be surprised to hear that I think he is wrong. But since the theme [Read More...]

Judas and the Field of Blood (From the Archives)

As I mentioned in a recent post, there is great difficulty fitting together the information in Matthew and Acts about Judas’ death and his connection with a field known as “The Field of Blood”. One has him buy the field, while the other has the authorities do so with his money. One has Judas fall [Read More...]


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