Excellent Historical Fiction or Poor History?

Richard Carrier’s talk about the Acts of the Apostles seems to slip back and forth between two claims. One is that the work is historical fiction. The other is that it is trying to be history but failing. The actual evidence complicates this claim. Carrier mentions Colin Hemer’s classic study of Acts, Book of Acts [Read More...]

Mythicism, Docetism, and the James Ossuary

Hector Avalos published a news article on the historical Jesus, which illustrates the danger of trying to interpret evidence in a field outside one’s own area of specialty. Avalos wonders how anyone could have doubted that Jesus came in the flesh, as 1 John mentions, if the historicity of Jesus was well established. This misses [Read More...]

Richard Carrier on Acts as Historical Fiction

John Loftus drew attention to the lecture above. Here are some comments on it. The presentation starts with best books, mentioning Richard Purvo, Dennis MacDonald, and John Dominic Crossan. This was misleading, because these scholars do not draw the distinctive conclusions that Carrier does. Luke-Acts is said to have been written by the same guy, and [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman Reads Did Jesus Exist?

Via Bart Ehrman [Read more...]

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...]


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