Making Stuff Up About Messiahs and Me

Neil Godfrey is at it again. I suspected from some of his recent posts that he had either misunderstood or was gearing up to misrepresent me – not to mention the field of Jewish studies. In his latest post, he writes the following: “James McGrath claims all Messiah figures were expected to be conquering kings.” [Read More...]

Jesus With His Head In The Clouds?

I had the privilege of being present for Mark Goodacre’s paper proposing a conjectural emendation of the Gospel of Peter, so that it does not feature a walking, talking cross, but instead referred to Jesus as “the crucified.” Remnant of Giants has blogged about Mark’s proposal twice recently, and Mark himself has also done so. [Read More...]

Jesus: The Cold Case – Some Blog Reactions

Three blogs that I know of have blogged about the TV documentary Jesus: The Cold Case. Here they are: Remnant of Giants Otagosh Say Hello To My Little Friend They represent very different reactions. Did any readers of this blog see it? If so, what did you make of it? [Read more...]

Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 9

Chapter 9 of Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man is a mere six pages in length. Into this small space is packed, first of all, a brief presentation of Platonism and Stoicism, focusing on transcendence and immanence and the use of concepts such as Demiurge, Logos and Wisdom to bridge the gap between the [Read More...]

Is Jesus The Only Way? A Progressive Christian Perspective

Elsewhere on Patheos, as part of the ongoing symposium “What is Progressive Christianity?”, Rev. Susan Strouse shares her thoughts on the idea that Jesus is the only way. [Read more...]

Divine Christology in Mark’s Gospel?

Kevin Brown, on his blog Diglotting, has posted part one and part two of a series about the Christology of the Gospel of Mark. Kevin does a great job of highlighting what the text does – and does not – say, and in the process suggests that some common interpretations read things into the text [Read More...]

The New Antitheses

David Hayward does it again… [Read more...]

Relegere

Several bloggers have noted the appearance of the first issue of a new online journal, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception. Any journal that contains an article with the title “Life of Brian or Life of Jesus? Uses of Critical Biblical Scholarship and Non-orthodox Views of Jesus in Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is definitely [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Ted Troxell)

There is no essence of Christianity. There is only Christianity as it manifests in a given time and place practiced by people who are always already themselves contextually situated. Even things that look like internal reductions — Jesus’ take on the shema, or his invocation of the Golden Rule, or James’ “true religion” of looking after [Read More...]

Bauckham and the Vague, Confusing Terminology of Divine Identity

Nick Norelli mentioned my name in connection with a discussion of Richard Bauckham’s use of the phrase “divine identity” in relation to early Christology. As I have said before, I do think that Bauckham’s terminology is unhelpfully vague, and until he defines it more clearly it cannot even be assessed in terms of its applicability [Read More...]

Mythicist Qum(i)!

Neil Godfrey posted today about Maurice Casey’s treatment of the story of the raising of Jairus’ daughter. Casey very carefully defines what a historian (as opposed to a believer in a religious tradition) can say about an account of a “miracle,” and that the performance of a “remarkable deed” by someone believed to be endowed [Read More...]


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