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...]

Anything but a Fish with Love Handles Talpiot Round-Up

Here’s a round-up of the latest on the Talpiot tombs and related matters. James Tabor blogged that some seem inclined to say that the image on the ossuary is “anything but a fish.” Bob Cargill agrees. Bob also commented on Nina Burleigh’s article (the article itself is here). Antonio Lombatti has an article in The [Read More...]

The Jesus SeM&Minar

Today in my Historical Jesus class we did one of the fun activities I have incorporated into the course each time I have taught it. To give students a sense of what the Jesus Seminar has done, and what is involved in voting on the authenticity or inauthenticity of sayings and actions attributed to Jesus, [Read More...]

Talpiot Photos and a Video that may Change your Perspective

A round up of the latest blogging on the Talpiot tombs and James ossuary. James Tabor has provided more photos of the most discussed inscription from Talpiot tomb B. He also offers additional photos of other inscriptions from the tomb, also known as the patio tomb. Tom Verenna offers video evidence from the “Lost Tomb of [Read More...]

Responding to Richard Carrier’s Response to Bart Ehrman

I linked previously to Bart Ehrman’s piece on whether Jesus existed in The Huffington Post. A response has been written by Richard Carrier (also discussed by Tom Verenna and Neil Godfrey), and I want here to point out some problems with that response. Let me begin by emphasizing that when scholars write op-ed pieces for [Read More...]

The Talpiot Tomb Jumps the Tropical Fish

Here’s the latest round-up on the Talpiot tomb discussion in the blogosphere. The title of this post comes from a post by Bob Cargill which responds to the suggestion that the “fish” on one of the Talpiot ossuaries is inspired by a tropical fish. It includes this image which treats the logic of that claim [Read More...]

Round-Up: Talpiot Tomb and James Ossuary Latest

Here’s my round-up combining the latest from the blogosphere on two key archaeological topics that are featuring prominently in news and blogs: the Talpiot tombs and their ossuaries, and the conclusion of the James ossuary forgery trial. James Tabor makes an attempt at satire, but I don’t think it works very well. He also draws [Read More...]


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