The Jewishness of Jesus

Several posts related to the Jewishness of Jesus have appeared on blogs I read over the past couple of days. Anthony Le Donne has the first post in a series asking what it means to say that Jesus was Jewish. Joseph Hoffmann provides a list of things that the New Testament says about Jesus which [Read More...]

Happy Hanukkah!

To all readers who celebrate (or, in view of this cartoon, maybe I should write cellebrate?) Hanukkah, I wish you a happy one! (The cartoon was originally shared here, but I removed it at the cartoonist's request. Click through to see it!)   [Read more...]

Put the Han back in Hanukkah

You’ve all seen the “Keep the Han in Hanukkah” image (I shared it last year). But here are some less frequently seen images on the same theme: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good menorah at your side, kid.” And here’s an image of a droidel – you can click through to [Read More...]

How To Light a Menorah

A Rube Goldberg device lights a menorah. HT IO9 [Read more...]

The Resurrection in Eastern Iconography

John Dominic Crossan’s presidential address at SBL was incredibly interesting, and made fantastic use of technology to explore key elements in Eastern iconography depicting the resurrection – and that is what it is consistently referred to in ancient times, “the resurrection” (ἡ ἀνάστασις) and not “the resurrection of Christ.” The event is consistently corporate rather [Read More...]

Lecture on Geography and the Bible

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The Only True God for Kindle – Only $15.09!

There is a paperback edition of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context which continues to sell less well than the more expensive hardcover edition, at least on Amazon.com. I am not sure why that is the case. Meanwhile, the Kindle edition is on sale for only just over [Read More...]

שנה טובה

Wishing those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a Happy New Year!   [Read more...]

The Only True God for Kindle

Most readers will immediately realize that this post is not going to be about who or what Kindles worship, but is about the fact that my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context is available for Kindle, and for much less than even the cost of the paperback edition. [Read more...]

Revelation 7: The Seal of God, the Earth’s Corners, and Tribal Errors

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we talked about Revelation chapter 7. Given my sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that I mentioned that Revelation 7:2 doesn’t mean this: We also talked about how the chapter illustrates problems with both literalism and inerrancy. With literalism, not just because someone reading in English [Read More...]

Review of Richard C. Carrier, Proving History

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review Richard Carrier’s latest book, Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. I am grateful to Prometheus Books for sending me a free review copy. Carrier emphasizes from the outset that this is the first of two books, the second of [Read More...]


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