Is Not Being a Jerk Central to Christianity?

Several things have converged on a similar theme. First, Jonathan Robinson shared a post by Richard Beck, and added this cartoon: But in fact, the point of the post was more in line with this image which my sister sent to me. It has some coarse language, sorry, but the point seemed worthwhile enough when [Read More...]

Latest Talpiot Tomb Round-Up (including a review of The Burial of Jesus)

Here’s a round-up of the latest blogging about the Talpiot tomb and related topics on other blogs. Let me begin with Daniel Mănăstireanuţs blog review of my book The Burial of Jesus, which he said grabbed his interest for multiple reasons, including the current media attention to the Talpiot tombs. Christopher Rollston points out the [Read More...]

A Not-So-Empty Tomb? Keeping Track of Bodies in First Century Jewish Tombs

In my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I discuss the likelihood that after being crucified, Jesus was buried in a tomb located near the execution site which was dedicated to the entombment of criminals executed there. This implies that, while it may or may not be the [Read More...]

How Old Were Jesus’ Disciples?

The student who presented in my historical Jesus class on the twelve disciples mentioned that disciples – i.e. apprentices or students – were normally younger people. We tend to think of Jesus’ disciples as older, but the possibility that they may have been teenagers was drawn to mind by a humorous video Mark Goodacre shared [Read More...]

Darth Jesus

I found this online while looking for something else. It definitely sits at the intersection of religion and science fiction: Someone added the comment: And now abideth anger, fear, aggression, these three; but the greatest of these is anger. Darth Jesus can feel your anger. He wants to give you focus and make you stronger. [Read More...]

Talpiot Tombs Latest (Including Fish-Reorientation and Unguentaria)

Here are some links to more blogging and reporting about the Talpiot tombs since my last round-up: James Tabor posted about the “fish” image, in response to earlier comments and criticisms. He still views it as most likely a fish, spitting Jonah out downward. Tabor also updated his Bible and Interpretation article, and shared a [Read More...]

Was Thaddaeus Jesus’ Original Drummer, or his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

In my historical Jesus class yesterday, one of the topics was the twelve apostles. When the fact came up that there are discrepancies between the names listed in various Gospels, I suggested that one explanation might be comparable to the bands many of us love, but from which we can name the lead singer and [Read More...]

Today’s Round-Up of Talpiot Tomb Posts

Here are key posts around the blogosphere today related to the Talpiot tombs. James Tabor posted on his own blog about the names in the tombs, and both there and on the ASOR blog about the imagery of a fish (or something else) on one of the ossuaries. Mark Goodacre explains that the idea of [Read More...]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More...]

Creationism vs. the Virginal Conception

From Unreasonable Faith [Read more...]

Early Information about and Initial Reactions to The Jesus Discovery

Several blogs and other online venues have more information about the book The Jesus Discovery and what it is that that book has to say about possibly Christian ossuaries found in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem, near the “Talpiot Tomb” that made headlines a few years ago. Let me mention a few of them: James [Read More...]


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