Jesus, Save Me a Spot!

On Facebook, Scott Paeth shared this creative way someone in Chicago found of claiming a parking spot: conscripting Jesus and Mary (or is it Mary and Joseph, from a nativity set?) to indicate that the spot is taken. Who’s going to argue with members of the holy family? I’ve heard people pray to find a parking [Read More...]

Satin Tempted Job

I didn’t have a lot of howlers in student assignments this past semester. But there was one that made up for it: it said that “satin tempted Job.” I thought that was worth sharing. The image comes from the Bible Exploration website. Yes, I know it is a depiction of Joseph and his coat of many colors. [Read More...]

Doctor Who Nativity

I came across this picture on Reddit. I hope that someone is keeping their eyes on that angel! Can you envisage the story? Baby Jesus attacked by a Dalek and a Weeping Angel, and the Doctor arrives to save the day? What details would you fill in?   [Read more...]

Assessing the Lost Gospel

Mark Goodacre has been sharing Richard Bauckham’s response to the claims made in the book The Lost Gospel in installments. Here are links to the posts in question: Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses We [Read More...]

Married with Children? Recent Headlines About Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Lots of people have been sharing the “news” headlines that a Syriac text allegedly reveals that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. The fact that the book these news articles are designed to promote mentions “decoding” an ancient text is the first sign that this is dubious. That the “decoding” will be carried [Read More...]

Called to Ministry

Allan Bevere shared the cartoon above. I imagine that some Christians would balk at the notion that Jesus could have been inept at anything. But to suggest that he was good at everything is to deny that he was a human being. I was more concerned, when I saw the cartoon, that some might interpret it as saying [Read More...]


The word has been spreading that there is a new open access journal, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting. That the first issue has appeared during Open Access Week makes the timing perfect. The first article, by Torleif Elgvin, offers a transcription and translation of the Gabriel Inscription as well as [Read More...]

Joseph, Who Understood

This is a rather distinctive Christmas song by the band The New Pornographers (HT Anthony LeDonne). Here are the lyrics:   Joseph, Who Understood   Rumors are flying All over Galilee these days And Mary, I’m trying To be cool When my friends walk by them They cannot look at me In the eye Baby, [Read More...]

Time Out

From yesterday's Family Circus.   [Read more...]

The Short-Term Impact of Jesus’ Birth

From The New Yorker.   [Read more...]

It’s Not Just the Kids

Episcopal Church Memes shared this cartoon on Facebook. It is from Rev. Jay Sidebotham's St. Swithin's cartoon series. We can all chuckle at the way new technological and other assumptions change the perception of the Christmas story. But the proposal of the vicar in the cartoon – to go back to the King James Version [Read More...]