The Size and Status of Jesus’ Family

The depiction of the size of Jesus’ family in Mark 6:3 puts the number of people in the family above the average family size estimated by historians for his time and place in history. I had this come up in connection with a blundered attempt by a mythicist (who apparently doesn’t understand what an average is) [Read More...]

The Doctor’s Hidden Secrets Revealed

IO9 shared a variety of bits of test footage from auditions for parts in science fiction and superhero TV shows and movies. The bit of script that was used for Paul McGann’s audition to play the 8th Doctor includes some fascinating details, which never made it into the TV movie he starred in. Could any [Read More...]

Shmi Skywalker the Mother of Batman

I apologize for the wacky title, but if a movie is made which features August Pernilla as Mary and Christian Bale as Jesus, then one simply has to make some sort of reference to their other roles along the lines of the title to this post, and get it out of one’s system. Or perhaps [Read More...]

Biblical Bastards and Scriptural Siblings

I've been asked to contribute a couple more entries to a reference work, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, which I have contributed to before. The two new entries are the sections on film/movies, under the following subject heading entries: Illegitimate Offspring Kinship of Jesus The first is self-explanatory, and connects with the [Read More...]

In Mythicism but not of Mythicism

It is perhaps ironic that there is a well-worn conservative Christian phrase, of Biblical derivation, which illustrates wonderfully a point that Earl Doherty and Neil Godfrey either are missing themselves, or are fully aware of but hope that their readers will miss, namely that in and of are not universally interchangeable or synonymous. There are [Read More...]


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