Christmas: Damage Control or Outcast Inclusion?

Johnny Walker drew attention to one view of the Christmas stories in the Gospels that is heard about less often in churches: that they were an attempt at damage control, to cover up or distract from stories about Mary having been raped by a Roman soldier or simply having gotten pregnant without being married. Michael [Read More...]

Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am?

No, this blog post is not asking about my opponents. It is to mention that a book to which I contributed, Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am?: An Investigation of the Accusations Against the Historical Jesus (Library of New Testament Studies), is now available as an ebook. At present it is only available in [Read More...]

Biblical Bastards and Scriptural Siblings

I've been asked to contribute a couple more entries to a reference work, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, which I have contributed to before. The two new entries are the sections on film/movies, under the following subject heading entries: Illegitimate Offspring Kinship of Jesus The first is self-explanatory, and connects with the [Read More...]


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