Early Jewish, Christian or Manichaean Manuscript to be Auctioned

A very ancient papyrus document, featuring a psalm in Coptic which has been variously proposed to be Christian, Jewish, or Manichaean, is due to by auctioned by Christie’s. Alin Suciu has more information on his blog, as well as a call for some institution to purchase it and ensure that it remains available for scholarly [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Melammu, the Mandaeans and other Mesopotamians

Charles Jones posted at Ancient World Online about the Melammu project, which has a digital library dedicated to “The Intellectual Heritage of Assyria and Babylonia in East and West.” The site contains numerous interesting pieces, but not surprisingly the one that grabbed my attention was Amar Annus’ “Some Otherworldly Journeys in Mesopotamian, Jewish, Mandaean and [Read More...]

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Prada Perfect Mind

Via a review of Elaine Pagels’ latest book, Revelations, in The New Yorker, I learned of a Prada perfume commercial featuring text from one of the Gnostic works found at Nag Hammadi, “Thunder, Perfect Mind.” Here’s the video: I truly wonder what the ancient author and early readers of the text would make of its [Read More...]

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Darth Jesus

I found this online while looking for something else. It definitely sits at the intersection of religion and science fiction: Someone added the comment: And now abideth anger, fear, aggression, these three; but the greatest of these is anger. Darth Jesus can feel your anger. He wants to give you focus and make you stronger. [Read More...]

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The Nag Hammadi Codices in their Monastic Context

The blog Past Horizons has a post today which begins by saying “The texts of the Nag Hammadi codices have commonly been treated as mere witnesses to Gnostic texts in Greek mainly from the second and third centuries. A new research project will now challenge this approach by interpreting the Coptic texts of these codices within the context of their probable production and use in fourth- [Read More...]

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Review of Roberge, The Paraphrase of Shem

My review of Michel Roberge’s book The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary has been published in Review of Biblical Literature. Click through if you’d like to read it. [Read more...]

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Neil Godfrey on Paul-Louis Couchoud

Paul-Louis Couchoud has something in common with other mythicists: he was not a historian. But Couchoud also has something in common with the kinds of mythicists that could, at one point, be taken seriously: he died more than half a century ago. He thus formulated his ideas and wrote about them before the Dead Sea [Read More...]

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The Baptism of Jesus by John in the Mandaean Book of John

I have posted a very rough draft of chapter 30 of the Mandaean Book of John, which depicts Jesus coming to John the Baptist in order to be baptized by him. You can read it by clicking through to the Mandaean Book of John blog. This is one of several chapters that I will be [Read More...]

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Spirituality and Sci-Fi Around the Blogosphere

At IO9, an article on “Why We Still Love Battlestar Galactica” focuses on Ron Moore’s work not only on BSG but also on Star Trek and other shows, using religion to provide depth and realism to fictional alien cultures. There have also been numerous new posts over at Philip K. Dick and Religion, including one [Read More...]

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