Doctor Who: The Smugglers

For the penultimate episode of the William Hartnell era, “The Smugglers,” the show returns to a staple form that was common from early on: an episode in which science fiction is only the means by which the characters end up in Earth’s past, but is not central to the story otherwise. In this episode, the [Read More...]

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Israel and the Palestinians: Reading Recommendations Sought

I’m hoping to read three books with students who will be participating in the trip to Israel/Palestine in May 2012. The first I’ve already decided on, and it is A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce Fisk. I’m also using it as a textbook in my historical Jesus class. [Read More...]

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Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? to be published in hardback

Thanks to Tim Henderson for pointing out that Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth will be published in hardcover and not only in ebook form, as originally planned. [Read more...]

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Moses and the Screenwriter

Non Sequitur HT Kristian Petersen [Read more...]

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More Mythicist Misrepresentation

I sometimes wonder if mythicists realize when they are making fools of themselves. If they do, then they are presumably akin to clowns and comedians who provide a useful service in providing us with entertainment. If they are unintentionally funny, then their clowning around in some instances may include misrepresentation of others which, however ridiculous, [Read More...]

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The Exodus: Which Miracle is Greater?

The Exodus story contains numerous miracles. But one of the biggest miracles involved in taking the Exodus story literally is only likely to be noticed if you try to correlate the Exodus story in the Bible with external evidence from ancient Egypt, the history of which is well documented not only by royal and other [Read More...]

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Further Interaction About the Talpiot Tomb

There have been some further posts around the blogosphere about the Talpiot tomb and related matters featured in a recent Bible and Interpretation article, which I blogged about here. James Tabor offers six links for those who want to “keep up” on the latest about the subject. Antonio Lombatti responded via Jim West’s blog (as [Read More...]

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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...]

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The Burial of Jesus, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot Tomb

I’ve been revising The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith and I hope a second edition of it will be available as a ebook at some point in the future. One topic that has given me pause is the intersection of the questions related to the New Testament evidence, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot [Read More...]

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Jerusalem in Video: 1896-2012

A bit of historic footage from Jerusalem in 1896 has appeared on YouTube (HT John Byron): And from Dănuţ Mănăstireanu, the first in a planned series of videos from a justice tour he participated in. [Read more...]

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As Bad as Mythicism: Jesus as Caesar

Mythicism is just one of several categories of implausible claims that one will encounter in connection with Jesus. The Life of Antoninus Pius has a blog post about another one, that proposed by Francesco Carotta, who claims that Jesus was Caesar. Click through to read about it, and why no one ought to find it persuasive. [Read More...]

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