Shape-Shifting Palimpsest Jesus

I will confess that I tend not to expect certain adamant atheist bloggers to offer nuanced and insightful discussions of matters of religion. And so I want to thank P. Z. Myers for challenging my stereotypes. Here is an excerpt from his recent post, “Palimpsest Jesus”: And there he is! Palimpsest Jesus! Once you spot [Read More...]

Historical vs. Observational Theology

Ken Ham has tried to make a distinction between historical and observational science. He ought, therefore, to accept that we must make the same distinction in theology, if he is to be consistent, don’t you think? And yet we find he himself quoting the Bible as though it can simply be assumed to provide evidence [Read More...]

First Photos of Jerusalem

James Tabor drew attention to something on the Smithsonian website: a collection of photos of Jerusalem taken in 1844, and thus the earliest photographs of Jerusalem ever taken! Click through to see the others. [Read more...]

James Ossuary in the News Again

The site IO9 posted an article today about the James Ossuary. It shouldn’t be necessary to emphasize that the finding of an accused forger not guilty is not the same thing as the genuineness and authenticity of an artifact being adequately demonstrated. Unfortunately, as a result of cleaning and other things to which the bone box [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans Debate

Bart Ehrman shared this video of a debate between himself and Craig Evans about whether the New Testament’s depiction of Jesus is accurate. [Read more...]

Translation vs. Resurrection

Someone recently asked me about why Jesus’ death was understood by Christians as a resurrection rather than a “bodily translation to heaven” or something of the sort. It’s a fascinating question, and so I thought I would share some of my answer here. The reference in Jude to a Jewish tradition about Michael and the [Read More...]

Selective Skepticism

An op-ed piece I wrote about the attention Joseph Atwill has been getting lately has appeared on The Bible and Interpretation website. The title is “Selective Skepticism.”   [Read more...]

Sacred Theories

Hemant Mehta shared this church sign. What it says is quite ironic, given that, since it is from a Free Methodist church, it is probably intended to be antievolutionist. But taken at face value, it is an excellent summary, putting in a nutshell a point made at greater length in a chart that Scott Bailey [Read More...]

William Dever on the Exodus and the Bible

Via Troy Avery on Facebook, I became aware of the above recording of a presentation by William Dever (a graduate of Butler University!) delivered at the University of California San Diego conference “Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination.” [Read more...]

No Special Treatment for Jesus

I responded to a comment on a recent post about the historical Jesus, and thought I’d share what I wrote in a separate post, to see if it generates more discussion. There is a common misunderstanding about the plurality of “Jesuses.” This simply shows that there are a lot of people working in the field [Read More...]

Twenty Facts about Jesus

Doug Chaplin has a post in which he mentions my attempt to engage mythicists. He writes: Of course, in any topic under the sun, but especially those to do with Jesus, even almost indisputable facts get disputed, even down to his actual existence. The latter seems to be giving a few North American writers a [Read More...]