Hershel Shanks: The World’s Best Paleographers Will Declare the James Ossuary Authentic

Ronald Way recently interviewed Hershel Shanks on the Crossing the Line podcast, and Shanks gave a preview mention of something that will be appearing in coming months in Biblical Archaeology Review. He says that he gathered together some of the world’s best experts on paleography to reexamine the James ossuary, and they agreed that the inscription is [Read More...]

Mandaeans: Mysteries and Misunderstandings

The Mandaeans and related topics have gotten mentions in the blogosphere and elsewhere online recently, and so I thought I would round up some of those instances: Brian LePort has been teaching about John the Baptist, and in the process, has been diving into the Mandaean sources. Tony Burke noted, as did I, the Mandaeans [Read More...]

Tony Burke on Secret Mark

In the video above, Tony Burke talks about the Secret Gospel of Mark. See also his post on his blog about the latest episode of Finding Jesus and whether Jesus had a “secret brother.”     [Read more...]

Authorship of 2 Thessalonians

Towards the end of the semester in my Paul class, we’ve focused on the disputed and inauthentic epistles attributed to Paul. One detail that never struck me quite as forcefully before about 2 Thessalonians is its ending: “ I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every letter of mine; [Read More...]

Embarrassment, Muhammad, and Jesus

Loren Rosson has an interesting blog post on the use of the criterion of embarrassment in a discussion of the historical existence of Muhammad. For those interested in the application of such a criterion to the historical figure of Jesus (as many readers of this blog are), this post will be of great interest! Of [Read More...]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity Conference

Some of you may have managed to watch live video of the conference “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” over the last two days. And you may read the book. Either way, you may want to take a look at Joel Watts’ and Mark Goodacre’s blogs, since they live-blogged the conference while in attendance, [Read More...]

Live Streaming Video of the “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” Conference

The conference centered on the book Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity, which is being held today and tomorrow at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, will be streaming live video of the conference. The link to the feed on their web site is: http://www.livestream.com/unitedts On Anthony LeDonne’s blog, you can find a schedule of [Read More...]

The Late Jesus’ Wife Gospel Documentary

Some are declaring the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” dead as far as its authenticity is concerned, but at the very least, it seems that the Smithsonian Channel has decided to delay the airing of the documentary about the papyrus fragment. Hence the atrocious four-way pun in the title – it can be referring to the [Read More...]

Dating Jesus’ Wife

Discussions continue in the blogosphere about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. The most important thing to work out, if we can, is the date of its composition – dating the text is important both in terms of figuring out whether the text is authentic, but also, if authentic, what period in history it tells us [Read More...]

Timo S. Paananen on Methods of Forgery Detection and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Timo S. Paananen has written a brief piece which takes the methods that Francis Watson and others have used to argue for the inauthenticity of the papyrus fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” and applies them to a fragment of known provenance and authenticity. I hope it will be widely read and circulated, [Read More...]

Are Reports of the Death of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Greatly Exaggerated?

More and more people, including scholars, seem to be increasingly confident that the Coptic papyrus fragment referred to as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a modern forgery or fake. See for instance the blog post by Alin Suciu and Hugo Lundhaug. Craig Evans is among those saying that the Harvard Theological Review has decided not [Read More...]


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