Are Students Today Technologically Savvy?

The term “technological natives” gets used by professors from time to time, often in reference to the alleged gap between professors and students when it comes to technology. It is true that there are older professors who really have not kept up to date at all. One example that comes to mind is a philosophy [Read More...]

Scholarly Spice

Take a look at this hilarious parody of the well-known recent Old Spice commercial, made by Harold B. Lee Library. Fantastic! I think I’ll show it to my classes when I talk about library use. HT Scott Pfitzinger on Facebook [Read more...]

Consensus and Comfort: How Scholarship Works

One characteristic that conservative Christians and mythicists share is that those who espouse these views seem prone to taking comfort in finding some lone scholar who agrees with them. Since I have focused quite a bit on mythicists lately, in the interest of fairness I will focus here on conservative Christians. For instance, in recent [Read More...]

Mrs. Almighty (Asherah Makes a Comeback in a Cartoon)

Asherah, the long-neglected consort of ancient Israel’s male deity from way back when, has made a comeback in the cartoon Non Sequitur (HT Chris Brady): [Read more...]

Center for the Study of Christian Origins Blog

Larry Hurtado just announced on his blog that the Center for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, of which he is Director, now has a blog. There’s no content as yet, but it sounds like it will be worth keeping an eye on. [Read more...]

Review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views

Here are the links to the sections of my review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views edited by James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy (Intervarsity Press, 2009): IntroductionChapter 1: Robert M. PriceChapter 2: John Dominic CrossanChapter 3: Luke Timothy JohnsonChapter 4: James D. G. DunnChapter 5: Darrell L. Bock [Read more...]

Review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views. The Historical Jesus: An Evangelical View by Darrell L. Bock

The final chapter in The Historical Jesus: Five Views is by Darrell Bock and represents a conservative Evangelical perspective on the topic of the historical Jesus. Bock begins by noting that some would regard this as an oxymoron. From the one side, the Evangelical view of Scripture might be argued to be incompatible with critical historical inquiry, [Read More...]

Kyrie Eleison

Wolfgang’s Vault just released a playlist with some hits from the 80s, 1984-1986 to be precise, including this one: [Read more...]

Ancient Hebrew Cosmology Depicted

IO9 shared this beautiful artistic depiction by Michael Paulkner of the way ancient Israelites (including the authors of Biblical texts) viewed the cosmos: There’s a lot more by him on Flickr, including a depiction of Ptolemy’s cosmology. [Read more...]

Biblical Scholarship Around the Blogosphere

A few links seem particularly worth mentioning. First, Israel Finkelstein has a web page which includes some of his articles (HT Jim West). The Bible and Interpretation has an article on linguistic dating of texts in the Hebrew Bible. Papers for the Paul and Scripture section at this year’s SBL will be made available online [Read More...]

Mythicism, Intelligent Design, Courts and Sports

One thing cannot be reasonably denied. Mainstream historical Jesus scholarship (I am not, of course, referring to pseudoscholarly works of apologetics masquerading as something more serious) uses the same methods as mainstream historical study. Those who study early Christianity, those who study Jewish history, those who study Hellenistic and Roman history, those who study any [Read More...]

Mythicism: Where’s the Birth Certificate?

A recent comment from a well-known skeptic asked about the “crazification factor” for mythicism. I don’t know what it is, but here’s a photo from a recent mythicist rally that may give some indication. Presumably the only response I can offer to Mythicist True BelieversTM is this: [Read more...]

Believing and Doubting

There is nothing that is countered by enough evidence that some people will not still manage to believe it. There is nothing that is supported by enough evidence that some people will not still manage to doubt it. [Read more...]

Why I Find Mythicism Disturbing in a Nutshell

A discussion on Facebook of my recent blog post helped me distill the essence of what disturbs me about mythicism. Here it is in a nutshell: This is why I find mythicism so disturbing. There is a willingness to bring in any and every late source to attempt to argue against Jesus’ existence, but resistance [Read More...]