Time To Stop Asking Where Waldo Is?

Marc Cortez shared this picture yesterday: At first I just enjoyed it as funny. But for some reason I found myself thinking about it more, and realized that it also provides a nice parable or what is wrong with salvation-oriented, other-worldly Christianity the sole or almost exclusive focus of which is on whether people are [Read More...]

The Historical Jesus around the Blogosphere

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the blogosphere in the past day or so related to topics of regular interest on this blog. Bart Ehrman offered a lengthy reply to Richard Carrier. Ehrman also did an interview at Religion Dispatches about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt [Read More...]

Names in the Talpiot Tombs

Kevin Kilty and Mark Elliot have an article in The Bible and Interpretation about the names in Talpiot Tomb A. Jim West also linked to it. Among other things, it asks whether it is implausible that Jesus could have had a son named Judah. Bob Cargill opined that each new photo from the Talpiot tombs [Read More...]

Why Is There Only One Set Of Footprints?

I thought for sure that I had shared this before, but since I can’t find it, here it is again, in several versions I’ve found around the internet. Which one do you like best? [Read more...]

Letter from Ned Ludd to the Mythicists

This important historical document seems to me to be relevant to something mythicists often say, and so I thought I would share it… Dear mythicists, I, Ned Ludd, am writing to request that you kindly stop using my name as though it provided support for your nonsensical ideas. If you don’t, I expect that I [Read More...]

The Passion of the Christ: How It Should Have Ended – or Maybe How It Shouldn’t Have Ended, but Did End Once Anyway?

The series “How It Should Have Ended” is famous for coming up with amusing alternate endings for movies and TV shows. I couldn’t help thinking about that series when a student shared this amusing experience that someone shared on Facebook:     [Read more...]

From the Talpiot Tomb to the Blogosphere

In my class on the historical Jesus yesterday we discussed the burial of Jesus, including some discussion of the Talpiot tomb. Here’s what’s been appearing in the blogosphere since my last round-up on the topic: Mark Goodacre shows problems with the claim that Jonah’s name appears on an ossuary in the Talpiot patio tomb. He [Read More...]

Every Eye Shall See Him, Even Those Who Pierced Him

Revelation 1:7 reads: Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. The implications of that verse for what the author of Revelation thought are noteworthy. One could perhaps [Read More...]

Moses Pranks Jesus

  Cartoon removed at cartoonist’s request – please visit the cartoonist’s web site to see it! HT Jim West [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part Two

This is the second part of my review of Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, in which I discuss the second and third parts of the book. The first part of my review, on the first part of the book, can be found by clicking anywhere on this [Read More...]

Talpiot Tombs, the “Jesus Discovery” and the “Jonah Ossuary” in the News

Here’s the latest on the Talpiot tombs and the ossuary which should presumably cease being referred to as the “Jonah ossuary”: Bob Cargill has made another video about the image on the “Jonah ossuary”: The ASOR blog draws attention to a publication discussing that same ossuary, and the image on it, way back in 1981. [Read More...]


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