Richard Strauss, Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

In the category of quasi-Biblical music from my favorite era, here is music by Richard Strauss! [Read more...]

The Historical Jesus around the Blogosphere

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the blogosphere in the past day or so related to topics of regular interest on this blog. Bart Ehrman offered a lengthy reply to Richard Carrier. Ehrman also did an interview at Religion Dispatches about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt [Read More...]

Names in the Talpiot Tombs

Kevin Kilty and Mark Elliot have an article in The Bible and Interpretation about the names in Talpiot Tomb A. Jim West also linked to it. Among other things, it asks whether it is implausible that Jesus could have had a son named Judah. Bob Cargill opined that each new photo from the Talpiot tombs [Read More...]

The Passion of the Christ: How It Should Have Ended – or Maybe How It Shouldn’t Have Ended, but Did End Once Anyway?

The series “How It Should Have Ended” is famous for coming up with amusing alternate endings for movies and TV shows. I couldn’t help thinking about that series when a student shared this amusing experience that someone shared on Facebook:     [Read more...]

From the Talpiot Tomb to the Blogosphere

In my class on the historical Jesus yesterday we discussed the burial of Jesus, including some discussion of the Talpiot tomb. Here’s what’s been appearing in the blogosphere since my last round-up on the topic: Mark Goodacre shows problems with the claim that Jonah’s name appears on an ossuary in the Talpiot patio tomb. He [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman has a New Blog

Bart Ehrman has a new blog, called Christianity in Antiquity: The Bart Ehrman Blog. He will be doing something very different, and very interesting, with it. The blog offers some public content but also has subscriber-only content. Money from subscriptions to the blog will be donated to charities, and so in addition to offering blogging, [Read More...]

The Doubly Upside-Down Jonah Ossuary

Steve Caruso noticed that the supposed name of Jonah is upside-down on the ossuary. Of course, so is the supposed stick figure of Jonah himself. So is this two strikes against the idea that Jonah is depicted, or do they fit nicely together? Rogue Classicism has a lengthy discussion of the documentary and its claims. [Read More...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part Two

This is the second part of my review of Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, in which I discuss the second and third parts of the book. The first part of my review, on the first part of the book, can be found by clicking anywhere on this [Read More...]

The Ossuary Formerly Known as the “Jonah Ossuary”

A movement is afoot to ditch the term “Jonah ossuary” which reflects an interpretation that most do not find plausible, and substitute another nickname, such as the “amphora ossuary” or, if that isn’t catchy enough, the “handled fish ossuary.” In The Bible and Interpretation James Tabor recounts James Charlesworth’s claim to have found the name [Read More...]

Talpiot Tombs, the “Jesus Discovery” and the “Jonah Ossuary” in the News

Here’s the latest on the Talpiot tombs and the ossuary which should presumably cease being referred to as the “Jonah ossuary”: Bob Cargill has made another video about the image on the “Jonah ossuary”: The ASOR blog draws attention to a publication discussing that same ossuary, and the image on it, way back in 1981. [Read More...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part One

I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman emphasizes that many mythicists appear to approach the question of Jesus’ existence in the manner of conspiracy theorists, and since such people refuse to change [Read More...]