The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor

I’m delighted that St. Martin’s Press sent me an advance reading copy of Joel M. Hoffman’s book The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible. The book is due out September 2nd, and will be of interest to many readers of this blog. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon in both [Read More...]

The Dead Scrolls

I met a member of the band The Dead Squirrels recently. When he told me the name of his band, I misheard it and thought he said “The Dead Scrolls” and so I asked, “As in the Dead Sea Scrolls?” When I realized my mistake, I explained what line of work I am in. Professional hazard, [Read More...]

Schiffman – Messages from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lecture by Lawrence Schiffman [Read more...]

N. T. Wright and James D. G. Dunn on the New Perspective on Paul

HT Cliff Kvidahl on Facebook [Read more...]

Who Was Jesus to George Caird in 1977?

Thanks to Mark Goodacre and Matthew Montonini for sharing the above video, featuring New Testament scholar George Caird and also David Flusser being interviewed for the 1977 documentary, “Who Was Jesus?” [Read more...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Remember when getting all the Dead Sea Scrolls published and available to scholars and the public was a frustrating issue? How times have changed! Now significant numbers of the scrolls are available online, thanks to a partnership between the IAA and Google, as many bloggers and news sites have been reporting. Click here to visit [Read More...]

Class on Apocalyptic, Early Judaism, and the Context of Jesus

Above is the screen capture and audio from a class I taught as part of my course on the Bible, initially focusing on apocalyptic literature (and in particular the Book of Daniel), and moving from there to the Judaism of Jesus’ time. [Read more...]

Richard Carrier Illustrates Historical Jesus Methodology

While one might or might not see fit to dispute Richard Carrier’s specific conclusions in his recent post, “The Dying Messiah Redux,” I think that the most important thing to note is the approach to history that it illustrates. Carrier argues that, because certain views expressed in Jewish literature from several centuries after the rise [Read More...]

A Romanian Smuggler of Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Romanian news outlet Adevărul is reporting that a Romanian citizen has been apprehended attempting to cross the border between Switzerland and Italy with a stash of Dead Sea Scrolls of great value. Which scrolls they are, whether they are authentic, and where they were obtained remain to be determined. Swiss police are said to [Read More...]

Masada, the Dead Sea, and a Jeep Adventure (Including the Mar Saba Monastery!)

After the camel ride, our next stop was Masada, the mountaintop fortress near the Dead Sea which was created by the Hasmoneans, expanded and developed by Herod the Great, and occupied by Jewish fighters in the war against Rome.     From there, after having lunch, we traveled to the Dead Sea where the students [Read More...]

Jericho, Qumran and the Mount of Olives

This morning we traveled from Haifa across Galilee to the Jordan Valley. We entered the West Bank traveling southward along the Jordan river valley. The students were surprised at how imperceptible it was to cross the checkpoint – since we were in a tour bus with Israeli plates, we were simply waved through. Across the [Read More...]


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