John the Jew (2016 Enoch Seminar Conference)

Next summer, the Enoch Seminar will hold a conference with the title “John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism.” It will be held in Camaldoli, Italy, and I am delighted to be one of the participants in this event. Here’s a description of the purpose of the meeting [Read More...]

Infinite Religious Diversity in Infinite Combinations

The cartoon above came to my attention via Kissing Fish on Facebook. It is a nice addition to the collection of cartoon tributes to Leonard Nimoy on religious themes which I put together yesterday. IDIC is a Vulcan motto - and we can see it expressed on Star Trek in Spock’s adherence to logic while participating in [Read More...]

Hurtado on Paul’s Messianic Jesus

Larry Hurtado shared a link to the above video of his 2014 lecture on Paul’s Messianism as a variant of ancient Jewish Messianism. [Read more...]

Mythicism and the Teacher of Righteousness

A comment was left here recently by a mythicist, which asked why, if there was a historical Jesus, he (1) is mentioned for the first time by people other than his followers so much later, (2) none of his contemporaries took an interest in him, and (3) his biography seems pieced together out of parts of the [Read More...]

Fear Makes Companions of Us All

For the Jewish New Year, I thought it would be appropriate to finally share a couple of articles related to Doctor Who and Judaism that came to my attention over the past week. First, Rabbi Pamela Gottfried wrote a piece for the site My Jewish Learning, with the title “Taking the TARDIS to God.” Although not a Whovian herself, [Read More...]

The Real Choice

The quote comes from Jay Michaelson's recent article in Forward, “How We Know The Bible Was Written By Human(s) Hand.” But the point is that there isn’t really a choice between the traditionalist view and the historical/scholarly ones. The traditionalist view is false. So the real choice is between different ways of being religious: one [Read More...]

The Letter of James

The modified quote in my previous post was inspired by the discussion of the opening section of the letter of James in my Sunday school class this past Sunday. The letter fascinates me. It has a couple of mentions of the Lord Jesus Christ, but none of the traditional theological elements one will expect if [Read More...]

Early Jewish Christian Christology

At Reading Acts, there have been two posts on Jewish-Christian Christology. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. See also the video shared at Euangelion, in which Mike Licona and Dale Martin discuss  whether Jesus thought he was God: I find the depiction of Paul as claiming that Jesus was God to be [Read More...]

Rabbi David Zaslow on the Jewish Roots of Christianity

When I reviewed Rabbi Zaslow’s book Jesus: First-Century Rabbi recently, he left a comment on the post, pointing out this interview that he did on Christian television. I thought it might be of interest to more readers than those who happened to be keeping an eye on the comments on that post, and so I’ve [Read More...]

Jewish Androids

I finally got around to starting to watch The Big Bang Theory recently. It is hilarious! I was surprised by how much treatment of religion there is in the first half of the first season. I particularly liked the treatment of what it would mean to be a Jewish android, including circumcision and powering down [Read More...]

Dreaming of a White Jesus

The recent statement by a Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly illustrates well why historical Jesus research is so important. Jesus has become a powerful myth, indeed more than one, and has been coopted in the service of a great many ideologies. Nothing provides as effective a counter to the infinite range of things that Jesus [Read More...]


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