Easter War on Information Literacy

It is always particularly disappointing when those who classify themselves as freethinkers and skeptics share nonsense. This image is making the rounds again in precisely those circles: Candida Moss has a great article on what is problematic both with such claims about Easter being borrowed/stolen in this way, and with the reverse, namely Christian claims [Read More...]

Holy Week Spoiler Alert

Hope I didn't ruin it for anyone. Even if this really was a spoiler for you, trust me, the story is still worth reading to the end…   [Read more...]

New Testament Transcripts Prototype

AWOL shared a link to the New Testament Transcripts Prototype of the University of Munster Institute for New Testament Textual Research. If you aren’t already following AWOL – Ancient World Online – then you should be. It highlights fascinating online open access resources, such as the one mentioned above, or the Max Planck Institute for [Read More...]

Was Jesus Sold for Drug Money?

The short answer to the question in the title of this post is almost certainly “no.” But it still seemed worth sharing the news article that came to my attention, claiming that an archaeologist has found the tomb of Judas, and in it, a pipe with traces of cannabis resin. I suspect that this may [Read More...]

Andrew Lincoln Interview

Eerdmans shared the above interview with New Testament scholar Andrew T. Lincoln. He talks about his book  Born of a Virgin?: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology, which I blogged about previously. [Read more...]

Chlorophyl as Religious Experience

From Living the Questions.   [Read more...]

Buzzfeed New Testament

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some Buzzfeed meme renditions of New Testament scenes: What other scenes would be good candidates for Buzzfeedification? [Read more...]

Dynamic Duo

I recently learned that two scholars who happen to be married both have useful websites with interesting stuff on them. Ingie Hovland is a cultural anthropologist who studies Christianity. Her website includes her blog God is in the Details, as well as book excerpts and other interesting things. Her husband Wayne Coppins is a religion [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans Debate

Bart Ehrman shared this video of a debate between himself and Craig Evans about whether the New Testament’s depiction of Jesus is accurate. [Read more...]

RIP Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

I just learned that New Testament scholar Jerome Murphy-O’Connor has passed away. He was a remarkably insightful scholar, capable of being very traditional and/or very creative in trying to make the best possible sense of the evidence. Those who have traveled to the Holy Land will or should know his The Holy Land: An Oxford [Read More...]

RIP Robert Kysar

I have just learned that Robert Kysar, renowned scholar of the Gospel of John, has passed away. Books like John, the Maverick Gospel have become required reading on the subject. My condolences to all his family and friends, as well as the wider academy of New Testament scholars who may not have known him but [Read More...]


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