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...]

Fragment of the Original Copy of the Gospel of Mark Discovered!

A fragment of what some believe may be the original copy of the Gospel of Mark has been brought to light by a collector of antiquities. This breaking news seems destined to trump the announcement earlier this year of a first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark. The fragment is written on papyrus and is [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...]

Biblical Studies Carnival for March 2012

Jim West has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, with a round up of lots of interesting things that have been blogged about Biblical studies over the past month. Click through and check it out! [Read more...]

The First Controlled Substance

From The Far Left Side [Read more...]

Wisdom and Wonder by Abraham Kuyper

I am grateful to Patheos for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club discussion of the translation of Abraham Kuyper’s book, released under the English title Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art. The book offers a fascinating insight into the question of how Christian faith relates to major [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...]

Misplaced Worship

A cartoon from ASBO Jesus: [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...]