Silent Monks Sing The Hallelujah Chorus

Apparently taking a vow of silence doesn’t need to prevent you from participating in Christmas music. I think I missed this when it first circulated a few years ago, and so I am glad that it came my way on Facebook today. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Was Jesus a Seditionist?

A recent article by Fernando Bermejo-Rubio in The Bible and Interpretation raised the question of whether Jesus was a “seditionist” – which he defines as “The hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth and his followers were in fundamental sympathy with the principles of the members of the anti-Roman resistance groups, the use of violence not excepted [Read More...]

Jesus the Greaser?

I just saw this image on Facebook: I may have to show it to my classes in the future. When the concept of Messiah first comes up, I ask if anyone knows what it means. Usually there is someone who knows that it means “anointed” or “anointed one.” Then I ask what it means to [Read More...]

Messianism in Music

The song  “One for the Vine” by Genesis (written mainly by Tony Banks, I believe) has some fascinating lyrics, which I will include below the video. The video is a rare live recording – here is a link to the original album version if you prefer that.   “One for the Vine” Fifty thousand men were sent [Read More...]

Richard Carrier Responds

Richard Carrier has posted a response to my review of his book, Proving History. I'm not sure that there is anything that needs to be said by me in response, since he clearly is hedging on whether the earliest Jewish Christians thought that Jesus was a God, accepts what is perhaps the clearest example of [Read More...]

Anush-Uthra vs. Jesus: Smackdown in Jerusalem

I just posted another draft of a chapter from the Mandaean Book of John. In this chapter, chapter 76, there are a few places where the meaning of the text is not entirely clear (do I need to mention this when it is true of pretty much every section of every Mandaic text?). But the [Read More...]

Dead, Buried – and Likely to be Believed Resurrected

Thom Stark posted “It Is Finished for Richard Carrier’s Dying Messiah: Part 2.” Joel Watts linked to it with the title “Thom Stark buries Richard Carrier.” Joel also shared 11Q Melchizedek and Wisdom of Solomon as relevant ancient texts to the discussion. So apparently the argument is dead and buried. But I suspect that mythicists [Read More...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part One

I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman emphasizes that many mythicists appear to approach the question of Jesus’ existence in the manner of conspiracy theorists, and since such people refuse to change [Read More...]

Palm Sunday, April 1, circa AD 33

It was a clear indication of Jesus’ genuine humanity that he didn’t always know when he was taking a joke too far… [Read more...]

Was Thaddaeus Jesus’ Original Drummer, or his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

In my historical Jesus class yesterday, one of the topics was the twelve apostles. When the fact came up that there are discrepancies between the names listed in various Gospels, I suggested that one explanation might be comparable to the bands many of us love, but from which we can name the lead singer and [Read More...]

Neil Godfrey on Paul-Louis Couchoud

Paul-Louis Couchoud has something in common with other mythicists: he was not a historian. But Couchoud also has something in common with the kinds of mythicists that could, at one point, be taken seriously: he died more than half a century ago. He thus formulated his ideas and wrote about them before the Dead Sea [Read More...]


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