Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity

Several bloggers have mentioned the upcoming conference and accompanying book, with the title Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. It might seem that the title could more naturally have been “Jesus and the Demise of Criteria of Authenticity.” But I suspect that the wording is intentional – what has changed is not so much [Read More...]

Did Jesus Exist? A Place to Discuss without a 500 Character Limit

I made a video some time ago, and it continues to get visits from the occasional mythicist who rejects the argument and wants to be persuaded that Jesus existed in 500 characters or less. I’m sharing the video again here in the hope that perhaps the commenter currently wasting time over there might come here [Read More...]

Fringe View: The World of Jesus Mythicism

The article I mentioned in The Christian Century can now be read online. Click through to read it, then come back here and leave a comment if you’d like to discuss it or comment on it! [Read more...]

Mythicism and Paul’s Claims to Supernatural Revelation

Mythicists regularly claim (as one commenter on this blog recently did) regarding Paul that “Our earliest Christian source claimed to have learned nothing from the Christians who came before him.  He claimed to know what he knew by divine revelation.” Since the subject has come up once again, in the same form in which it [Read More...]

Matthew Accuracy, Spurious Quotations and the Historical Jesus

Mark Goodacre has two posts up that are relevant to oral tradition and the historical study of Jesus. One is about a quotation attributed to the Dalai Lama on the internet but which is spurious. Here’s the image that sums the matter up: A while back I had wanted to share this quote, which is [Read More...]

Doherty Mythicism?

Commenter Dave Burke has shared some thoughts on the hurdles that would confront any attempt to quest for a historical Earl Doherty. Would it not be simpler to conclude that he is a myth? I quote three comments here, but I encourage you to click through and read them in their original context. Doherty claims [Read More...]

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: How to Ask Hard Questions

This is the third installment in my blog review of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus, which is part of the blog tour organized by the publisher. In my experience, students are less daunted by or opposed to the asking of really difficult questions when those questions are seen to be posed or raised by the [Read More...]

A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus: In Which Norm’s Experiences Illustrate Important Matters for Students and Professors Alike

This is the second part of my blog review of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus by Bruce N. Fisk, the first installment of which I posted yesterday. For more about the blog tour of which this is a part, visit the blog tour web site. Norm’s adventure begins on an airplane, and with a great [Read More...]

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Day One of a Multi-Blog Adventure

Several other bloggers who are participating in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus blog tour which I previously mentioned would be taking place have already posted their contributions for today. Here’s mine. I suppose that the title was the hook that initially lured me in – reminiscent as it is of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the [Read More...]

Hitchhiker’s Historical Jesus Giveaway

As I mentioned a while back, I’ll be participating in a “blog tour” around the book A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus. In connection with that, Baker Academic Press is holding a giveaway, and you can now visit their site and participate. [Read more...]

What Can You Assume People Know About Jesus?

Those of us who teach are aware (or should be aware!) of the relevance of prior knowledge to education. One of the things I wrestle with most is the fact that, in the same class, I may have students who have never read the Bible before ever, and some who read it regularly for devotional [Read More...]


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