Was the Historical Jesus on Facebook?

A piece of news has been getting attention today, about a study of classic myths, some of which we know from archaeological evidence were based on real people or events. The study suggests that the degree to which the relationships in the story mirror real ones – including those one can observe today in social [Read More…]

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An Odd Diatribe from Thomas L. Thompson

In the latest issue of The Bible and Interpretation, Thomas L. Thompson offers a very odd rebuke to Bart Ehrman. Thompson mentions things like Philo's love of allegory and Qoheleth's assertion of our lack of novelty, as though these somehow will allow one to open the door to any and all interpretations of texts, including [Read More…]

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Earliest Manuscript of Mark’s Gospel Found…on Facebook?!

A Facebook friend asked me about this image earlier today, and when I asked about its source, I received no reply. Someone else, however, mentioned that the infamous D. M. Murdock as having already been discussing it online, making me even more suspicious. But a couple of bibliobloggers have posted the picture, and so I [Read More…]

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Need a Break from Jesus Mythicism? Try Shakespeare Mythicism!

Thanks to Mike Wilson for pointing out this article in Slate about the movie Anonymous. There’s also one along similar lines in the New York Times. [Read more…]

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Quote of the Day (From a Review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ by Bob O’Hara)

Bob O’Hara has written a review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World’s Most Popular Literary Characters, a mythicist book by Derek Murphy, for The Guardian. Here’s a taste: I really enjoyed reading the book. But there it suffers from one large flaw: the argument is a load of [Read More…]

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Doherty Mythicism?

Commenter Dave Burke has shared some thoughts on the hurdles that would confront any attempt to quest for a historical Earl Doherty. Would it not be simpler to conclude that he is a myth? I quote three comments here, but I encourage you to click through and read them in their original context. Doherty claims [Read More…]

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Julius Caesar Mythicism vs. Jesus Mythicism: Smackdown!

Tom Verenna shared some thoughts on something I wrote recently, in a comment on the Vridar blog, in which I suggested that it is not harder to be a mythicist about Julius Caesar than about Jesus, and that the same tactics and methods used by Jesus mythicists could be employed for good effect in the [Read More…]

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Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 9

Chapter 9 of Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man is a mere six pages in length. Into this small space is packed, first of all, a brief presentation of Platonism and Stoicism, focusing on transcendence and immanence and the use of concepts such as Demiurge, Logos and Wisdom to bridge the gap between the [Read More…]

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To Galilee by way of Armageddon

I was excited when I saw that the route to Tiberias, and to Afula where I would be meeting Eldad Keynan who kindly agreed to show me around the Galilee, was by way of Megiddo, even though not all services stop there. The bus took me straight through the plain of Megiddo. It seems more [Read More…]

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Lessons in Pseudoscholarly “Logic”: The Argument from Lack of Authority

The “argument from authority” is a well-known logical fallacy which involves citing an expert as though appeal to the opinion of any one such qualified individual could, on its own, settle the matter. Mythicists, in my experience, are notorious for appealing to authority. as long as one can find a historian who penned a sentence [Read More…]

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Ari Dives Into The Abhorrent Mythicist Void

Over at Ari’s Blog of Awesome, there is a post reviewing Robert Price’s contribution to the volume Sources of the Jesus Tradition: Separating History from Myth. Ari describes it as “one of the most frustrating essays” in the volume, and having previously reviewed a chapter Price wrote for another volume, I am not surprised. Still [Read More…]

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