Bart Ehrman Reads Did Jesus Exist?

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Review of Jesus of Nazareth by Maurice Casey (Part 1)

T&T Clark kindly sent me a review copy of Maurice Casey’s monumental opus Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian’s Account of his Life and Teaching.Since Casey’s more recent book focused on mythicism builds heavily on the treatment of the details of the life of Jesus in this earlie volume from 2010, i thought I had [Read More...]

Brief Review of Maurice Casey’s New Book on Mythicism

Diglotting has posted a brief review of Maurice Casey’s latest book, Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?, which is now available for purchase for Kindle, and will be available in print form in the next few months. I had the opportunity to read an earlier draft of the manuscript, and am looking forward to [Read More...]

Debating the Historicity of Jesus

I was notified about this event coming up in April. Given how the Ham-Nye debate went, maybe this is something to approach with hope rather than excessive concern? It is being organized by the Center for Inquiry in Ottawa. A Facebook page has been created for the event. Did a man named Jesus live in [Read More...]

Maurice Casey’s Book on Mythicism is Out!

Diglotting pointed out that those who prefer the affordable Kindle version to the hundred-dollar hardback of Maurice Casey’s book, Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?, can get their copy now! [Read more...]

Is the Criterion of Embarrassment an Embarrassment?

Sabio Lantz blogged recently about the criterion of embarrassment, and rather than address merely conservative Evangelical misuse of it, it sounds as though he dismisses the criterion entirely. And since the question of how New Testament historical methods compare to those used in other historical areas also came up here recently, I thought I’d blog [Read More...]

Historical Jesus Lectures on YouTube

I remember just a few years ago when the number of scholarly materials on YouTube was minimal. My how that’s changed! Johnny Walker mentioned this lecture by Dale Allison on his blog today: That lecture relates to his book The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus. Below is another lecture, by John P. Meier, on [Read More...]

Sherlock and Sheldon among the Prophets

I’ve been getting caught up on shows that I ought to have been watching for a while. Both Sherlock and The Big Bang Theory feature main characters who exhibit behaviors and abilities which suggest placement on the autism spectrum – incredible genius in some respects, but also difficulties in social interactions and knowledge that most [Read More...]

Mythicism in the Arctic Vortex

Johnny Walker responded to a response to a blog post of his about mythicism. If you are experiencing yet another day disrupted by the arctic weather, and are looking for something to read, there’s that. Of related interest: Mauro Pesce shared a book chapter on Academia.edu, “The Beginning of Historical Research on Jesus in the [Read More...]

Remembering Without Recording

Judy Redman has posted a reply to my own post about memory and orality yesterday. Judy writes: I agree that having composed something doesn’t mean that you will remember it word for word. I do think, however, that when a person has composed a story to illustrate a particular point, s/he is much more likely [Read More...]

Verbatim Memory, Orality, and the Historical Jesus

Judy Redman has been offering a wonderful series on memory and the historical Jesus. In the most recent post, part 4, Judy wrote the following about verbatim memory: In addition, having been quite pessimistic about our ability to prove the authenticity of any Jesus tradition or to have the actual words of Jesus, both here [Read More...]


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