Talpiot Tombs Latest Round-Up (with fish handles)

Here’s a round-up of posts on the Talpiot tombs that have appeared since my last round-up: The Jesus Discovery web site now seems to be working, and has press releases, photos, and other interesting materials. Mark Goodacre asks “When is a fish not a fish?” and answers “When it has handles” See too the close-ups [Read More...]

This Life Matters

Religion that focuses entirely on an afterlife is at best Gnosticism and at worst nonsense. Which is fine if you are happy being in one or both of those categories. But if not, then here are some things to think about. As I emphasize in my book The Burial of Jesus, the doctrine of the [Read More...]

The Passive Habit reviews The Burial of Jesus

Cameron has reviewed The Burial of Jesus on his blog The Passive Habit. Thanks, Cameron! UPDATE: Link fixed! [Read more...]

Phil Long Reviews The Burial of Jesus

Over on his blog Reading Acts, Phil Long has posted a review of my book, The Burial of Jesus. Thanks, Phil, for taking the time to read the book and to blog about it! [Read more...]

Was Jesus a Hermaphrodite?

I learned via Jerry Coyne’s blog that Susannah Cornwall (a theoblogger and biblioblogger) had made an argument for gender equality in ministry by pointing out that we do not know whether Jesus was biologically male. This led to the Telegraph picking up the story, as well as some negative responses which largely missed the point. Do we [Read More...]

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...]


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