Change is Coming: Exploring Our Matrix will be Moving to Patheos Soon!

Joel Watts somehow guessed the news that I was slowly building up to share, and so I suppose it is time to let everyone know, even though more details will have to follow later. Exploring Our Matrix will be moving to Patheos soon! I’m honored to have been invited to join Scot McKnight, Ben Witherington [Read More…]

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If Your Claims Are Unpersuasive, Is It My Fault?

If you have been reading this blog lately, you’ll know that I have been blogging through Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus. Apparently, if the supporters of its “conclusions” are to be believed, it is entirely my fault that I am finding the book unpersuasive. It [Read More…]

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Bibliobloggers of the World, Unite! (at least for lunch)

I know that some bibliobloggers will be presenting papers at the International SBL Meeting in July in London, England, and perhaps an even greater number will be in attendance. Should we try to have lunch together one day? I think it would be a particularly good idea if there will be bibliobloggers there who don’t [Read More…]

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Michael Kok is Back

After a prolonged absence from the biblioblogosphere, Michael Kok is back, with a new blog entitled Euangelion Kata Markon. It’s a catchy title, but it seems to me I’ve heard it somewhere before… But seriously, particularly those who remember Mike’s old blog “The Golden Rule” should pay his new one a visit and welcome him [Read More…]

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“How To Lie About Submitting Safe Assign”

“How To Lie About Submitting Safe Assign” That search string brought someone to my blog, and I thought it deserved comment, since presumably the person who searched for it is a student trying to avoid having their plagiarism or cheating detected. It won’t work. If you say that SafeAssign didn’t work and e-mail the assignment [Read More…]

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Change is Coming: Exploring Our Matrix will be Moving Soon!

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Luke Skywalker’s Paternity and Ancient Israelite Cosmology

A friend introduced me to a new blog, Excavating Truth. It didn’t take me long to figure out that this is one I’ll want to link to. There is a three part (so far) series on Ancient Near Eastern Cosmology, and it begins with the question “Is Darth Vader the father of Luke Skywalker?” If [Read More…]

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More Accounts of the Secret Gospel of Mark Conference

I probably should have called it the Symposium on the Secret Gospel of Mark, but I like the mystery inherent in one of the ways the title of this post could be understood. Apocryphicity offers part 1 of Tony Burke’s own reflections, as well as a student’s view.Evangelical Textual Criticism has a guest blog post [Read More…]

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Bob Cargill on Simcha’s Nails

Bob Cargill has a piece in The Bible and Interpretation on Simcha Jacobovici’s recent “documentary” about nails supposedly used in Jesus’ crucifixion. [Read more…]

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Blogging through Doherty’s book – Interlude I

I’ve made it through the first couple of chapters of Earl Doherty’s book, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man. I’m delighted that Earl Doherty himself, as well as some other mythicists, have taken the time be part of the conversation taking place around the posts on this subject. The book continues to promise that treatment of [Read More…]

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Jan Vansina on Oral Tradition

Having mentioned in my previous post the importance of understanding how oral and primarily oral cultures deal with sources, attribution of “authorship,” “quotation” and other aspects of passing on tradition, I thought I would share two classic books by Jan Vansina that are on Google Books. Vansina’s work on oral tradition and history is well [Read More…]

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Chapter 2 of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

Chapter 2 is a refreshing change from what preceded it. Up until now, the impression one gets when reading Earl Doherty’s book, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man, is that the author is simply trying out a different way of reading certain New Testament texts. In some instances it may seem plausible, and in others severely [Read More…]

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Chapter 1 of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

I have often had the opportunity or the necessity to read a book that I expected from the outset I would disagree with or find unpersuasive. I have quite often been pleasantly surprised, while in other cases, I have written a very negative review of the book on my blog. Reading chapter 1 of Earl [Read More…]

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My Understanding of Christianity

I have been asked more than once, including recently, what my understanding of Christianity is. I thought I would share an excerpt from a message I sent to someone who asked me that very recently, since others might find it interesting. Here’s what I wrote: I find it as hard to define “Christianity” in any [Read More…]

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