God’s Own Blood in Acts 20:28? Christology and Textual Criticism

Brian LePort has posted on one of the different manuscript readings in Acts 20:28. For those who may be new to the topic, there are two important variants in that verse in the Greek manuscripts we have. On the one hand, manuscripts vary on reading “church of God” or “church of the Lord.” On the [Read More...]

Wise Time Lords Still Seek Him

I was reminded of two quick passing references on Doctor Who that had completely slipped my mind: I wonder whether somehow missed the first time I saw these episodes, or if perhaps I made a mental note of them but had forgotten by the end of watching them. From “Voyage of the Damned”: ASTRID This [Read More...]

Review of Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma

My review of the book Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma by Riemer Roukema has been posted on the Review of Biblical Literature web site. [Read more...]

Have We Been Going About This All Wrong? Fun With Conspiracy Theories

A cartoon from XKCD (HT P. Z. Myers) illustrates a different approach to conspiracy theories: combating like with like. How might that be applied to some of the conspiracy theories that regularly get discussed here? I wonder what would happen if someone played mythicists’ conspiracy theories off against others: Might one, for example, be able [Read More...]

America’s Five Favorite Ways to Ignore Jesus

via Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

JesusWeen

Have you heard about the conservative Christians who are encouraging Christians to celebrate “JesusWeen” instead of Halloween? It may sound like it is a parody, but it isn’t. What one has to understand in order to begin to make sense of this is that there are Christians who view negatively any event or holiday that [Read More...]

Richard Carrier on Crucified Messiahs

As someone who has appreciated things that he has written in the past, I have kept hoping that Richard Carrier might eventually come around, see the folly of getting bogged down in that realm of nonsense known as mythicism, and return to the rigor and attention to detail expected in mainstream historical critical scholarship. If [Read More...]

The (Apparent) Death and Resurrection of the Doctor

A commenter pointed out to me that the date chosen for the death of the Doctor by Lake Silencio, April 22nd, 2011, was significant, advising me to Google it. I did. That date was Good Friday this year. The same commenter also related the question about the Doctor’s identity to the classic one from the [Read More...]

Enduring Freedom Jesus Christ (with Rocket Launcher)

This is surely a spoof, but that doesn’t in any way negate Matthew Paul Turner’s description of this as “the greatest worst Jesus doll ever.” I expect that a lot of people will react to something like this with horror and perhaps even regard it as blasphemy. I wonder how many of them, however, will [Read More...]

Jesus and the Stereotypical Hero

Ricky Carvel, on his blog Confessions of a Doubting Thomas, noted a set of characteristics that tend to be associated with heroes, and asked whether the very large correspondence, as he sees it, indicates something about the historicity of Jesus. First, here’s the list, which is originally based on the book The Hero: A Study [Read More...]

Worshiping Jesus around the Biblioblogosphere

There are a couple of posts from around the blogosphere on the subject of monotheism, Christology and early Christian worship: Larry Hurtado posted on his conversation with James Dunn at the British New Testament Conference, and Kevin Brown posted on the worship of Adam and the light it might shed on the worship of Jesus. [Read More...]


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