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...]

The Value of Ossuaries

Many ossuaries are of archaeological and historical value. Some may be of more interest than others. But some, through spin, forgery, or other means, try to make the interesting seem incredible – and our historical understanding is liable to suffer as a result. On the Talpiot patio tomb, Bob Cargill has annotated a video with [Read More...]

SBL Paper Proposal Accepted: Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a few days. I received notification that the paper I proposed, “Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament,” has been accepted for the 2012 Annual Meeting program unit Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism. Several other bibliobloggers have also shared details about the [Read More...]

If There is Gallows Humor, Can There Be Crucifixion Humor?

I came across this cartoon at The Far Left Side: I am (as most readers know) open to attempts at humor that verge into territory that some might find irreverent. But this one simply didn’t seem all that funny to me.  Silly, yes, but not really funny. As I reflected on why that might be, it [Read More...]

Contrasting Views on the Authenticity of the James Ossuary (and related subjects)

Michael Heiser indicates that his mind is changing about the matter of the authenticity of the James ossuary, because of a photo of the ossuary, with its full inscription, dated prior to the discovery of the Talpiot tombs. The photo has apparently been authenticated by someone from the FBI. If this is correct, it seems [Read More...]

Redshirt and Jesus

I was looking around for ways to create comic strips using online templates, and actually found a site which even has pre-prepared characters, including Jesus and a redshirt. The combination was too much of an anomaly to not try to do something with it… At this stage, I’m not expecting this to be a regular [Read More...]

Palm Sunday, April 1, circa AD 33

It was a clear indication of Jesus’ genuine humanity that he didn’t always know when he was taking a joke too far… [Read more...]

Wearing a Hoodie has Always been Dangerous

Of course, in real life Jesus’ skin color was probably closer to that of Trayvon Martin’s than that of most of the actors that have played him in movies. Just take a look at any Middle Eastern person who spends as much time in the sun as Jesus is supposed to have… [Read more...]


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